To scout for exceptional Indian graduates from diverse backgrounds, the British High Commission here on Wednesday announced its much awaited British Chevening Scholarship Programme-2009. Chevening fellowships are 12-week tailored courses in the U.K. to make future leaders. Each year 12 exceptional Indian men and women are selected to take part in an intensive programme that addresses issues faced by leaders in all fields. Applications for Chevening scholarships for study in the 2009-10 academic year are now open. The application deadline is midnight of December 31, 2008.
Shedding light on the programme, British High Commissioner to India Sir Richard Stagg said, 'This year we are celebrating 25 years of Chevening. The Chevening programme was launched in 1983, and is now the UK's second largest scholarship programme globally. The Chevening India programme started in 1987 and has, over the years, given a unique opportunity to over 2,000 talented Indians to study in Britain and develop their skills.' Till date, the Chevening India programme has supported over 2,000 scholars. Dozens of Indian nationals benefit from this programme every year. Chevening Scholarships bring young post-graduates to the U.K., normally for Master's degree courses. The Chevening Scholarship Programme seeks to give outstanding individuals across the world access to the U.K.'s leading academic institutions.