New full scholarship scheme for outstanding African students

09 Oct 2014 13:06:11.623


A new full scholarship scheme for exceptional students from five African countries has been announced by The University of Nottingham and the UK government-funded Chevening Scholarship Programme. 

The Chevening/Nottingham Partnership Award is offering 10 full scholarships of tuition fees, a living allowance and return airfare for outstanding postgraduate students from Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. 

The awards are aimed at international students from these countries who have at least two years relevant graduate work experience. Applications are invited from key areas of study and development, including science, engineering, medicine and health sciences, operations management and courses related to the environment.

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Lifting barriers

The new scheme is in addition to the existing programme of Chevening Scholarships which provide full funding to international masters students from all over the world with leadership potential in any field.

Emma Tarrant Tayou, The University of Nottingham’s Regional Manager for West Africa, who is based at the University’s West Africa Office in Accra, Ghana, said:

“Too often talented students from developing countries are not able to take up offers of study in the UK due to financial constraints. This scholarship scheme responds decisively to remove that barrier for individuals with a commitment to working in their home countries after graduation.”

Nyssa Lee-Woolf, Programme Manager at Chevening Scholarships said:

We are proud to announce Chevening’s new partnership with The University of Nottingham. Nottingham, like Chevening, has a strong international standing and we are excited to be working together to recruit and support future leaders from across the globe.”

Global alumni network

Chevening Scholarships have a worldwide network of high profile alumni. Nana Awere Damoah, a chemical engineer from Ghana now working as Technical Manager for PZ Cussons in Nigeria, and author of the book I Speak of Ghana, studied MSc Chemical Engineering at The University of Nottingham in 2005-06 with funding from a Chevening Scholarship. Recalling his studies at Nottingham, Nana Awere Damoah said:

“The opportunity the Chevening Scholarship gave to study in the UK changed my life and outlook, reinforced my leadership potential and challenged me to seek to achieve the best. The Chevening Scholarship is about developing future leaders, and scholars with this kaleidoscope of exposure certainly have an advantage in global leadership.”

Chevening Scholar Hadiza Santali Sa’eed from Nigeria, who recently completed an MA in International Law, Security and Terrorism at The University of Nottingham, said:

If you’re able to experience education in another country which is quite different from yours, it can only be good for you. The University of Nottingham prides itself on being a global university and when you come here you realise that is true… you’ve got an international scholarship to a global university. I think it’s a win-win all round for everyone.” A video on Hadiza’s experience is available here. 

Masters for professionals

Helen Rylands, Scholarship and Sponsorship Manager in the University’s International Office said:

“This brand new opportunity for fully-funded postgraduate study at Nottingham is one not to be missed by potential candidates from the five African countries targeted by the scheme. We are looking for mid-career professionals from the key study areas who are looking for further study to progress their career. They must show strong leadership potential within their field to be selected and must also commit to return to their home country to work for at least two years after completion of the masters.”

Further information about the Chevening/Nottingham partnership award is available on The University of Nottingham website and the Chevening website.

Applications for the Chevening/Nottingham Partnership Award, and all Chevening Scholarships, must be submitted via the Chevening website. The deadline for applications for 2015/16 awards is 15 November 2014 at 23:59 UK time.

A video featuring Chevening Scholars talking about life at The University of Nottingham is available on the University’s MediaSpace platform and on YouTube. 

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university in the UK among graduate employers, in the top 10 for student experience according to the Times Higher Education and one of the world’s greenest universities

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More information is available from Helen Rylands in the International Office, University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 846 6344,; or Emma Rayner Media Relations Manager in the Communications Office at The University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 951 5793,  

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