The Foreign and Commonwealth office, in partnership with the Department for Education, has released a document outlining the criteria and tips for those applying for the Chevening Scholarships.

The Chevening Scholarships, started in 1984 with the aim of bringing some of the most talented and inspirational future leaders to the UK, are available to 144 countries.

The most scholarships have been awarded to countries India, China, Egypt, South Korea, Indonesia, Pakistan, Mexico and Brazil, who send as many as 30 of their promising leaders to UK universities to study at postgraduate level each year.

The government has today announced that they have awarded 14 scholarships to Peruvians wishing to study in the UK which will allow this select group to go to one of the UK’s top universities free of charge. The scholarship also takes care of the living costs for scholars, which can be expensive for those from developing countries.

Mike Vidler, the Head of Economic Development at the British Embassy in Lima has noted some of the most important traits of candidates that are chosen as well as areas for those applying to improve on. In reference to the applications that he received, Vidler states:

“Many of the interviews were moving and inspirational. Some were okay. And a handful, despite looking great on paper, didn’t wow us in person, as their interview technique let them down.”

Vidler goes on to explain how candidates should conduct themselves in the interview. The most impressive attributes that successful candidates bring to the interview according to him are:

‘… confidence, because scholars need to be confident in their abilities to convince others of their value; enthusiasm, because the scholarship is an exciting prospect; planning, because nobody can predict the future; specificity, as a concise explanation gets the point across better; understanding, so that one can inspire others.’

Applications will be reopened in August for Peruvians. If you wish to apply, go to the Chevening website to find out if you are eligible for a scholarship and when the next window of opportunity is for your country.