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The call is now open to apply for the 2018/2019 Chevening scholarships the United Kingdom’s government-run program that gives students from all around the world the possibility to study a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any British university, all expenses paid for.

And when they say all, they mean all: the scholarship includes university tuition fees; a monthly stipend, travel costs to and from the UK; an allowance upon arrival, a homeward departure allowance; the cost of the visa application; and a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK. 

In an event held at the residence of the British Ambassador to Argentina Mark Kent, the embassy’s Project Officer of Political and Public Affairs, Constanza Galli, described the program’s characteristics and made a rundown of the eligibility criteria that are followed to determine which applicants can potentially become scholars.

Galli explained that Chevening “seeks professionals with the ability to successfully get the masters degree they intend to, leadership potential and commitment with their country, among others.” That without taking into account the formal eligibility criteria — such as the required level of English, two years of work experience and having an undergraduate degree that effectively allows applicants to gain entry onto a postgraduate program at a UK university. (You can find more information about eligibility criteria here).

Since Chevening is aimed at boosting the development of nations —  and that’s why, for example, the US and most Western European nations are not a part of it —  the program grants its scholarships to “candidates who intend to contribute to their countries’ at their return from the UK.” In fact, the willingness to return to their country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after the masters ends is one of the formal criteria required.

The program began in 1983, but reached Argentina in 1991. Ever since, it has granted scholarships to 486 people so far, several of which went on to become public figures. Former Ambassador to the US and current candidate for National Deputy Martín Lousteau, the Head of Anti-Corruption (OA) Laura Alonso and Secretary of Strategic Affairs Fulvio Pompeo are some of the Chevening alumni who made their way to the political landscape.

The deadline to apply is November 7 and if you think you’ve got what it takes you can apply here.