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Applications open for Chevening scholarship

By Sheila Ponnie

The British Council in Juba has opened application processes for Chevening Scholarship for 2020 to 2021 academic year.

The yearly scholarship for post graduates is designed to identify people across with vision and desire to help their country across the world further their education.

Applicants run from 5th of August to September next year.

Chris Trott the British Ambassador to South Sudan explained that Chevening Scholarships are not designed to be a platform to launch a career in the UK.

“What we look for are people who want to make differences at home here in South Sudan,” Ambassador Trott said.

He added that over the last years, the embassy sent at least seven people to the UK on Scholarship.

“What we are looking for is gender balance, we manage usually to get a reasonable balance in the number of people that we sent to UK but we don’t always get a good balance in the number of applications we receive,” he said.

“We often get 70 to 80 percent applications from men and only women 20 and 30 percent from women so what I am particularly saying is that this opportunity is not just for the male counterparts but for women as well,” he added.

Peter Kuot, the 2017 to 2018 Chevening scholarship Alumni said there are so many young people who are interested in the scholarship.

“I personally got it wrong the first time I attempted to apply in 2015 and when I couldn’t be shortlisted for interview, I didn’t give up. I had to read a lot on social media about other people’s life stories and experiences about their applications and then I got it immediately,” he said.

Kuot urged South Sudanese to read and learn on how to perfect their own stories.

Labina Bongiria Patricia Kenyi a Wash Programme Coordinator said that the application process takes a whole year and one should do a lot of research.

“You have to achieve your goal when applying for Chevening Scholarship and please don’t copy other people’s work because there are people who will be seeing on line,” Kenyi said.

Dr. Gasim Abd-elfarag one of the Chevening alumnae who studied Tropical medicine and infectious disease in Liverpool attributed his success to the scholarship.

“I gained the interest of carrying out health research in the country from my experience in UK and now any major research in South Sudan I am now like the focal point of contact in the country,” Dr. Abd-Elfarag said.

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