KUALA LUMPUR: Britain’s Chevening Scholarship awards, which crossed the 1,000 mark here this year, will see another £1mil (RM6.2mil) allocation for Malaysian recipients under the 2004/05 programme.
A total of 1,007 Malaysians have been awarded the British government’s premier scholarship for international students since its inception 19 years ago.
British High Commissioner to Malaysia Bruce Cleghorn said 54 seats had been reserved for Malaysians for the new term.
He said Britain accepted only the best applicants worldwide and Malaysians were traditionally one of the largest beneficiaries of the awards.
“The British Government has run the programme for many years and we are very proud of its success here.
“We have maintained the £1mil allocation for Malaysian students and it is the British government’s way of investing in a common future with Malaysia,” he added in an interview.
More than 1,000 Malaysians apply each year for the postgraduate scholarships, which now cover the full cost of tuition fees (with the exception of MBAs which are capped at £14,400 (RM89,383), a monthly living allowance, book allowance and winter clothing allowance plus return airfare.
Before 1998, the scholarships were limited to only tuition fees.
The cost of the scholarship, which is open to individuals and civil servants, is split evenly between the British Government and partner organisations.
Cleghorn said the partners for the 2004/05 awards are Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, HSBC, University of Abertay Dundee, Amerada Hess, University of Nottingham, University of Strathclyde, University of Southampton, Cable & Wireless and ICI.
He said most of the awards were for Masters degrees in Banking/Finance Software Engineering, Internet Computing, Biotechnology, Bio-Informatics, Urban Water and Environmental Engineering, Engineering, Diplomacy, Social Policy, Public Policy, International Relations, Contemporary British Society and Religious Conflict.
There are also several flagship awards within the Chevening scheme, which include the Oxford Foreign Service Programme Award, Royal Society Malaysian Fellowship Award, Wolfson Press Fellowship Award, Thomson Foundation Award and OCIS Malaysia Chevening Visiting Fellowship.
Recipients are free to opt for courses of their choice and with some exceptions, select any British university.
The courses range from three to 18 months.
“The Chevening scheme is flexible and we invite Malaysians to propose specific areas of interest. Last year we had a Malaysian woman banker who took up a two-year course on money laundering.
“This year, three Malaysians will study taxonomy on plants and animal species,” Cleghorn added.
The Chevening scheme is open to qualified Malaysians aged between 25 and 40.
Short-listed candidates are usually notified by mid-December.
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