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Society Institute/ Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening/University of St Andrews Scholarships 2010-11

25.11.2010

Guidance Notes for Applicants

1. What do the scholarships offer?

The scholarships aim to provide opportunities for independent postgraduate study in the United Kingdom for students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers in their own country. Upon completion of their studies in the UK, scholars are expected to return to their home country to resume their studies or work there. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships lead to the award of a Masters degree.

Scholarships are available for study for the MSc International Strategy and Economics, MLitt Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies and the MLitt Peace and Conflict Studies. Each scholarship provides tuition fees at the University of St Andrews, a stipend to cover living costs (for one person only) and return air travel from the scholar’s home country.

2. Who is eligible to apply?

The scholarships are open to applicants from Indonesia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Applicants must:

  • be nationals of, and normally resident in one of the selected countries during the academic year in which they apply for the award; applicants who are temporarily out of the country (for a total period of less than three consecutive months) may be treated as being resident;
  • display intellectual ability and leadership potential;
  • already hold (or expect to hold by the time of taking up the award) a degree of an equivalent standard to a good UK second-class Honours degree;
  • have passed an appropriate English language test by the time of taking up the award;
  • have not already received or be currently receiving financial benefit from a previous HMG fully funded Scholarship;
  • return to their home country at the end of their scholarship period to continue their studies / work there.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied outside of their home country. Employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than two years before) of FCO (including FCO posts), the British Council, the Educational Advising Centers or local OSI representations in the region and the participating universities will not be eligible to apply for these awards.

3. How can I apply?

You should complete the University’s application form ‘Application for Admission to Graduate Study’. You can obtain application forms from the address in your country as indicated in article 7 or download them from the following website:

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/admissions/pg/Applicationprocess/Howtoapply/.

The completed forms and other documents must be returned to your local scholarship coordinator by 4 February 2010 at the latest (see addresses and contact details below). Only paper form applications will be accepted from applicants wishing to be considered for an OSI/FCO Chevening/University of St Andrews award. Applicants are required to submit three copies of the application package: one original set and two photocopies of the entire application pack. Incomplete or late applications will not be cons idered.

N.B. The three master courses covered by the scholarship program are based in the Faculties of Arts or Divinity and all applicants are required to submit a sample piece of written work (of not more than 2,000 words in length) along with other supporting documents.

4. How does the selection procedure work?

a) All completed applications received by the Educational Advising Centres or the British Council office in Uzbekistan by the deadline will be forwarded to the University of St Andrews. Academic staff at the University will compile a short-list.

b) Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and an English language test in their home country between mid-April and mid-May 2010. You should keep yourself free between these dates. You will be informed by your local scholarship coordinators at the end of March 2010 whether you have been shortlisted or not.

c) Interviews will be carried out by representatives of Open Society Foundation (OSF) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In certain cases, there may also be a panel member representing the interests of the University.

d) The final awards will be decided jointly by the University, the FCO and OSF. Candidates will be informed by early June

e) Please note that the staff at the local Educational Advising Centres or the British Council office in Indonesia is not involved at all in the decision-making process. They will tell you as soon as they can whether or not you have been successful. Please understand they will not be able to inform you until they have been told by the University of St Andrews and OSF.

Please note that all successful applicants will be invited to attend a one-month preparatory academic writing summer school in July or August 2010. The Network Scholarship Programs’ (NSP) Pre-Academic Summer Program is designed to prepare NSP grantees for a successful academic experience in the UK. Successful applicants will be provided with the opportunity to refine their research and writing skills through intensive courses in academic writing and social sciences. The exact date and location of the summer school will be available at a later stage in the selection process.

5. How can I find out more about the University of St Andrews?

The Educational Advising Centre/the British Council office will be able to make a copy available for you to consult. You will not, however, be able to take this copy home.

You may find useful information about the individual graduate courses covered by this scholarship scheme:

MSc International Strategy and Economics – http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/economics/postgrad/ise.html, or you may contact:

Prof. Gavin Reid
Course Director
School of Economics & Finance
University of St Andrews
The Scores
St Andrews, KY16 9AL
Scotland
E-mail: gcr@st-andrews.ac.uk

MLitt Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies - http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/intrel/pg/mecass/ or you may contact:

Dr Sally Cummings
Program Director
Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus Studies
School of International Relations
University of St Andrews
St Andrews, KY16 9AL
Scotland
Email: snc@st-andrews.ac.uk

MLitt Peace and Conflict Studies - http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/intrel/pg/pcs/ or you may contact:

Dr Gurchathen Sanghera
Course Director
School of International Relations
University of St Andrews
Arts Faculty Building
Library Park, The Scores
St Andrews, KY16 9AX
Scotland
E-mail: gss10@st-andrews.ac.uk

6. Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Please make use of all of the written documentation available to you: these guidance notes, the University’s Postgraduate Prospectus, the guidance notes included with the University’s application form ‘Application for Admission to Graduate Study’.

If you have any queries about these guidance notes, then you should contact either

  • Your local Educational Advising Centre or British Council Office (Indonesia) , or
  • Margareta Mamaliga, UK Program Coordinator, Network Scholarship Programs, OSF

Fax or e-mail only:
Fax: 00 44 20 7031 0201
E-mail: margareta.mamaliga@osf-eu.org

7. Contact details of the local Educational Advising Centres and the British Council in Uzbekistan

You can obtain application forms from the addresses listed below. Please note that three copies of the completed application pack, one original set and two photocopies, must be returned to your local scholarship coordinator by 4 February 2010. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


Uzbekistan
Educational Center "Fast Education"
9, Tulskaya Str.
Samarkand 140119
Uzbekistan
Contact person: Djurayev Botir
E-mail: fast.education@yahoo.com
NB Uzbek applicants may also submit their
applications to the British Embassy in Tashkent:
Dildora Nishanova
British Embassy Tashkent
Tel: +99871 1206288
Fax: +99871 1206549
Email: Dildora.Nishanova@fco.gov.uk

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