UK announces 75 scholarships for Pakistan

Taking place on the same day as the UK announced increased funding for flood relief in Pakistan, bringing the total amount pledged to £16.5million, the scholarships will provide future Pakistani leaders with the skills to meet global challenges.

Punjab’s Minister of School Education, Dr. Murad Raas, and UK Representative to Punjab, Alex Ballinger, attended as chief guests alongside British alumni, Chevening scholars, of the Commonwealth and GREAT, officials and dignitaries of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) from all over Pakistan.

Alex Ballinger, in his speech, acknowledged the significant contribution of Pakistani Chevening alumni to the flood relief efforts, from raising funds to distributing essential items. Addressing the audience, he also reiterated the UK’s commitment to supporting Pakistan:

We stand with the people of Pakistan in these terrible times. We have all witnessed the devastating impact of these floods which have displaced millions of people and left large parts of Pakistan submerged.

I am pleased that on the same day the UK has pledged a total of £16.5 million in flood relief funding, we can also announce 75 new UK scholarships which will play a vital role in enabling Pakistan to rebuild itself by investing in its people.

This year in the UK we will be awarding 63 Chevening scholarships and fellowships as well as 12 GREAT scholarships. As with all UK scholarship schemes, the British High Commission will aim for gender parity, with at least 50% of scholarships awarded to female candidates.

The British High Commission will continue to commemorate the 75th anniversary of UK-Pakistan relations with a range of events and activities throughout the year. The application window for the Chevening One-Year Masters Scholarship is open until November 01, 2022.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship scheme, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), partner organizations and partner universities. The scholarships support study at UK universities – primarily one year of Masters education – for people with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision makers and opinion makers.

  2. Chevening began in 1983 and has grown into a prestigious international awards program. Chevening Scholars come from more than 160 countries and territories around the world, and over the past five years we have awarded nearly 10,000 scholarships. There are over 50,000 Chevening alumni around the world who form an influential and highly valued global network.

  3. The name ‘Chevening’ comes from Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – currently the joint official residence of the UK Foreign Secretary.

  4. The British High Commission supports inclusion, education and opportunity for all. Anyone with ambition, curiosity, a clear vision for the future, and the ability to achieve their goals should apply for a Chevening scholarship. Selected scholars will join a community of over 50,000 alumni worldwide, including over 2,000 in Pakistan alone.

  5. Prominent Chevening alumni include: Amna Zamir Shah, the first female High Court Judge of Gilgit-Baltistan; Abia Akram, Chair of the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP); Fifi Haroon, senior journalist; and former parliamentarians Yasmeen Rehman, Asiya Nasir and Nafeesa Shah.

  6. The UK has pledged a total of £16.5million to help with flood relief efforts in Pakistan. The money will be used by international NGOs to provide support to people affected by the floods. The total amount pledged is equivalent to 10% of the UN Flash Appeal.

  7. The £16.5m total is made up of an initial pledge of £1.5m made by the UK last week, plus a further £15m pledged on Thursday September 1. Of that £15m, £5m will go to the DEC’s ‘Pakistan Appeal’ and will be matched, pound for pound, with donations from the public. This money will then fund major UK charities (including Islamic Relief) providing emergency relief on the ground. The remaining £10million will go to international aid agencies on the ground to help them meet people’s immediate needs, including providing water, sanitation, shelter and protecting women and children. girls. It will also be used to help families repair their homes and maintain their livelihoods.

  8. At COP26, the UK pledged over £55m to partner with Pakistan to tackle climate change, manage water more sustainably and unlock climate investment.

  9. More information

Visit the Chevening website for detailed information on eligibility criteria and scholarship specifications.

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