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The Chevening Scholarships 2018 is now opened for applications for Zimbabwean Students who wish to pursue their dreams of studying abroad. It is awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds.
What do i need to know about Chevening Scholarships
The Chevening Scholarships Programme commenced in 1983 as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Awards Scheme (FCOAS) and is funded by the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The stated objective of the scheme is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries. In 1994, the name of the scheme was changed to Chevening, after Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – currently the joint official residence of the British Foreign Secretary and the British Deputy Prime Minister.
A Chevening award offers financial support along with the opportunity of becoming part of the highly regarded and influential Chevening global network.
Applications are made online via a web portal in October of each year, except for some sponsored scholarships for which applicants apply via the co-sponsoring organisation. Scholarship applicants also apply directly to their preferred universities in the UK, usually for Master’s degree courses. Most scholarships include a living stipend, airfares and the full or partial cost of tuition fees.
The most popular destinations for study were the London School of Economics & Political Science, University College London, and the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, University of Bath and King’s College London.
Education in Zimbabawe
Zimbabwe considers human capital investment via education a major tool for sustainable development. Education is recognized as a fundamental human right and necessary for the development of the people in society.
Zimbabwe’s education sector has suffered from several challenges that have deteriorated its quality. These include poor physical infrastructure, brain drain, and declining standards in school performance.
The vision of the Education Sector Strategic Plan 2016-2020 is to “be the leading provider of inclusive, quality education for socio-economic transformation by 2020.” The plan includes four pillars:
- Access for all, including providing adequate infrastructure, opportunity for non-formal education, early identification of children at risk of not entering the system, dropping out or falling behind, and strategies to support those unable to meet education fees.
- Quality and relevant learning with the introduction of a competency-based curriculum that includes ICT, STEAM/STEM, education for sustainable development and life skills.
- Focus on learners by building, developing, monitoring and upgrading the professional skills of teachers already in the profession and by developing a responsive pre-service curricula.
- Strong leadership, management and monitoring providing efficient and effective service delivery within an institution that has the right structural framework.
Responding to these pillars, five core programs have been identified:
- Introduction, monitoring and adjustment of new curricula at all levels
- Enhancing infrastructure to meet population growth needs, and ensure learning environments are inclusive and age appropriate
- Introduction of a teacher quality improvement program, to build professional skills and competencies, and formalize professional standards
- Establishing a capacity development program, in order to manage institutional change for a modern and progressive education system
- Development of a Center for education research, innovation and development, and building the country’s capacity to provide and analyze data that will inform its policies.
In order to monitor implementation of the ESSP, Zimbabwe has identified performance indicators for outputs, outcomes and processes, which will be disaggregated by gender, location, and socio-economic status and reviewed during annual reviews.
Chevening Scholarships in Zimbabwe
Chevening Scholarships in Zimbabawe are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year Master’s degree programme at any UK university. They provide a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.
Applicants from Zimbabawe can choose any course of study at any UK higher education institution. We particularly welcome applications that relate to UK interests in your country.
Level/Field of study:
The scholarships are available for pursuing the masters programme in any course of study
The scholarship is hosted the United Kingdom.
Scholarship is open to students from Zimbabwe.
A Chevening award in Zimbabawe includes:
• university tuition fees (Chevening applies a tuition fee cap of £18,000 to MBA programmes. Applicants will be expected to cover the remaining costs above the £18,000 cap)
• a monthly stipend
• travel costs to and from the UK
• an arrival allowance
• homeward departure allowance
• the cost of one visa application
• a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK
The number of offers was not specified.
The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:
- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
- Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
- Have at least two years’ work experience (this may be up to five years for fellowship programmes, so please refer to your country page for further details)
- Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 12 July 2018
- Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 12 July 2018. To find out more about eligibility click here
Applications for Chevening Scholarships can only be submitted using the Chevening online application system, available through the ‘apply’ button on this page.
What documents do i need to go to the interview with?
Prior to starting your application for a Chevening Scholarship please ensure you have the following ready:
- Two references to be provided in a letter format and written in English
- Valid passport/national ID card
- University transcripts (undergraduate, postgraduate)
- Three different UK Master’s course choices
Please note that only documents in PDF format can be uploaded and documents cannot be over 5MB in size.
- English language (if already met the requirements)
- UK Master’s university offer (if already met the requirements)
What questions will be asked at the interview?
The interview will be an opportunity to discuss some of the information you provided in the application form. The panel will ask questions that will enable you to fully explain your personal and professional aspirations and how Chevening can facilitate these goals for you. As part of your interview, your course choices will also be discussed so you should be prepared to talk about them.
Currently, this scholarship is unavailable but we shall keep you posted on the new date
What are the basic things I need to know before applying for UK student visa in Zimbabwe
The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa is for students who intend to undertake any post-16 education at a United Kingdom institution in a full time course. The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa is flexible and allows students to participate in both short and long term courses of at least 6 months in duration.
To qualify, students must have a confirmed offer of enrolment from a licensed education provider (sponsor), be able to maintain and accommodate themselves (or be maintained and accommodated by a host) while they are studying and show that they are able to pay their course fees.
Tier 4 – Student (Adult) Visa Basic Requirements
The UK Home Office has set specific requirements that all applicants must meet in order to apply for a Student visa under the Tier 4 (Adult) category.
Applicants will be required to show that they have been accepted into a recognised course of study at an approved UK institution, licensed by the UK Home Office. Applicants will also be required to provide evidence that they have sufficient funds (maintenance) available to support themselves whilst in the UK without undertaking employment, other than part time and vacation work permitted for adult students.
Tier 4 – Student (Adult) Visa Entitlements
Successful applicants will be granted a visa in line with the length of their initial course of study.
The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa offers the student the benefit of developing an educational base in the UK while being permitted to work between 10 to 20 hours per week during term periods, depending on the course of study. Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa holders are permitted to work full time during vacation periods without seeking further permission from the UK Home Office.
In some instances, graduate level students may be able to switch into a working visa category that could lead to settlement in the UK.
How do I apply and obtain a UK study visa in Zimbabwe
To apply for a UK visa in Zimbabwe you need to:
Apply online and follow the instructions to:
- pay your fee
- book your appointment
You have the option to pay your fee online using a credit card when making your application. Alternatively you can make payment in cash when attending your appointment at the visa application centre.
Your appointment will be at the British Embassy in Harare– here you will:
- submit your application form and supporting documents
- have your photo and fingerprints (known as ‘biometric information’) taken
UK Citizens and Residents in Zimbabwe who require consular services can contact the UK Embassy in Zimbabwe through the contact details listed below:
British Embassy Harare
3 Norfolk Road,
- Email[email protected] and [email protected]
- SwitchboardTelephone 024 2 85855200
- Emergency – Outside Office HoursTelephone 024 2 85855200
- General fax+263 4 85855284
- Passport inquiries+44 300 222 0000
- Visa enquiries+27 21 300 3737 or +44 1243 218 177
Possible Easy Ways to Win Chevening Scholarship Award
Winning a Chevening has been described by many Winner in the previous year as a Miracle of a Lifetime. The Testimonies keep resounding from other sources. One important thing about the testimonies they shared, was that at a point they did something different from what others did and most they believed that those points and steps are what added to their Excellence in the Application.
Be Eligible to The Scholarship:
There is no how you could win a scholarship without been Eligible for it.The first step is to completely digest the Eligibility Criteria. Make sure you meet all the requirements demanded by the committee.
Application should be at Least two months before Deadline:
In other words ‘apply early’. Chevening scholarship has deadline From August to September each year. The testimonies so far has shown that early application is key ti their success . The month you applied doesn’t matter but the fact remains APPLY BEFORE THE DEADLINE.
A Chevening Scholarship pays all your expenses to study and live in the UK. UKis pleased to inform you that they have four of the top eight universities in the world. And the UK is a great country to live in. If you can’t show the interview panel that you are enthusiastic about living and studying in the UK fully funded, then I have to question why you’re applying in the first place.
We compiled this Secret from past winners, and here’s a powerful one from Petite Diva
“I was confused about what the the scholarship panel wanted from me. I consulted an alumnus of this university that was also awarded a scholarship when he was here and he said ‘you have to sell yourself’. You have to show that you are worth the award. Some of the guys I interviewed said you need to show all that you have done in terms of experience, previous awards if you have been given, any volunteer work, how good you were during your undergraduate studies (for example if you were in the top 10% of your class when graduating). I had written the answers I thought were perfect when I asked him and I was like ‘wow! I have to hype myself’. It was strange for me because I usually like my work to speak for me.“
From This you can figure out what we meant by ” Sell Yourself”.
The Application is no ground for Exchange of pleasantries or pouring your sympathetic situations in writing. The Board expects you to go straight to the point That was a struggle for me because I like to yap (talk) or write a lot (that is one of the reason I started blogging. Facebook and Twitter’s words restriction was not doing it for me…lol). So having to convey my message in 50, sometimes 100 words, was really hard. I can say I rewrote my answers more than 50 times. I kept writing, editing, rewriting, editing over and over. I wanted to convey my thoughts without losing any part of it. I think that a dictionary or Google is helpful with rephrasing words.
All Information Provided Must Be Truth:
All falsified information has totally disqualified you. Never exaggerate any scenario or any of your qualification. .Its not all requirement that you are expected to fill. But try as much as possible to get the right information across to the board. And there was a question where it was asked ‘how would the scholarship help you?’ One of my reasons was ‘I won’t be able to afford to study here’. There was no need beating about the bush. It was the plain truth.
Check your spelling and word phrasing:
You are applying for scholarship in an English – speaking country, you must be agreement with your tenses. Make sure you re-read every sentence for more that ten times and give every sentence a thought. It is better to take a long time to write your application answers than to make silly mistakes.
With all these step applied, we guarantee you excellence in your Chevening Scholarship Applications. If these information helped you in any way, feel free to share.
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