Applications for the UK Government’s prestigious Chevening Scholarships now open

Applications for Chevening Scholarships for study in the UK for 2020/2021 are now open.  The closing date is Tuesday, 5 November 2019.

Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  The Chevening Programme makes awards to outstanding individuals with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities.  These are usually one year long master’s degree courses.

For the 2020/2021 programme, courses will commence in September 2020. The scholarship offers full financial support and allows candidates to gain access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.

The Chevening programme was established in 1983 and is spread across more than 140 countries.  Since its establishment over 50,000 outstanding professionals have had the opportunity to experience the UK and develop their careers through Chevening.

To apply, candidates must meet certain criteria which includes:

  • Having completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable entry into a postgraduate programme in the UK,
  • Have at least two years’ work experience
  • Return to St Helena for a minimum of two years following the course

Further information and guidance on eligibility can be found at

Zedalla Young (pictured on the right), who through the Chevening Programme is currently studying for a MSc in Strategic Tourism Management and Marketing commented:

This past year has been an incredible experience, and this has been a result of the Chevening programme. Each month the secretariat sends through an update with a list of events that includes British culture, sporting events, networking and conferences and volunteer opportunities. The community is also run through a closed Facebook group for scholars to exchange information and ideas and has spanned many additional groups to connect people of similar interests. I have made invaluable contacts with scholars in marketing, tourism development and from other British Overseas Territories, which could not have been possible without Chevening. I am honoured to be a part of this community and hope to see more scholars from St Helena take the opportunity to study on the Chevening programme.

Zedella will return to St Helena in September 2019.

Governor Dr Phillip Rushbrook commented:

“We must congratulate Zedella for her achievements; she is an excellent ambassador for the Programme. My hope is many other St Helenians will take advantage of Chevening to experience academic study in the UK and advance their professional development.”

Director of Education, Wendy Benjamin commented:

“The Chevening Scholarship provides opportunity for students to further their education, it supports career aspirations and personal development.  We have seen how this has benefitted past students and in turn St Helena.  I encourage interested persons to apply.  This is an opportunity not to be missed.”

 Further information about the Programme can be found on the Chevening website,, through which applications should be submitted.

Manager of the Governor’s Office, Kerry Lane, is able to provide advice and support locally. For more information please call Kerry on 22308 or email her at


13 August 2019

St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470