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British Embassy in Minsk is now accepting online applications for the Chevening Scholarship Scheme for Belarus for the academic year 2009/2010.
The Chevening Scholarship scheme is a worldwide programme funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and managed by the British Council. It provides opportunities for candidates to undertake a postgraduate study or research in the UK and obtain a degree.
The scholarships are fully funded and cover return flights, course fees and living costs.
The scholarships are targeted at academically gifted high-flyers who have the potential to become Belarus"s leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. Most scholarships are for postgraduate Master"s degrees courses (MSc, MA, LLM) lasting for up to 12 months, but the option of undertaking a shorter period of study or research (minimum 3 months) is also available.
The scholarships programme is highly competitive. Applicants are assessed according to the merit of their applications, including their leadership ability, past achievements, qualifications (both academic and professional) and their English language ability.
Successful applicants will demonstrate ambition, drive and leadership potential, a commitment to change and organisational development.
Eligibility criteria
Successful candidates will: 
  • be under 35 years of age
  • be citizens of Belarus and be resident there at the time of application
  • have a first degree (completed Bachelors degree is a minimum requirement)
  • have a track record of excellence and achievement
  • have good written and spoken English; most UK Universities require a minimum IELTS of 6.5 for academic postgraduate courses
  • have at least three years" relevant work experience in the chosen subject area
  • applications for MBA programmes are not eligible
  • scholars not previously in receipt of a UK scholarship will generally receive higher priority, although each application will be judged on its merits.
Priority subject areas: 
  • Economics
  • European Law
  • Public, Constitutional and Human Rights Law
  • International Relations (Including International Security)
  • Issues relating to EU Integration (including Economics, Migration, Human rights and equality)
  • Public Policy; Public Administration
Application Process
To apply, please submit on-line application. The deadline for all Chevening applications from Belarus is 20 December 2008.
Applications can ONLY be made online. CVs are not accepted. Guidelines on how to complete the Chevening e-form are available.
Please check our FAQs for more information.
Selection procedures
The selection process is undertaken by the British Council in co-operation with the British Embassy. Initial selection will be by open competition based on completed application forms. Other supporting documents (copies of diploma, references, transcripts) are not required at this initial stage. Candidates may be required to submit them at a later date.
Application forms will be reviewed and candidates short-listed. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview conducted in English, in February-March 2009.
Those not selected for interview will be informed in writing by 30 March 2009.
Candidates who are successful at the interview will be required to take an English exam (IELTS), and will be informed of the final results by 31 March 2009.
Placement at a University
If you are nominated for a scholarship, you will need to find placement at a UK university on your own. To find out about what courses are available in UK, please use www.educationuk.org.
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