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Joseph Conrad Scholarships

2005-10-06 10:29:11 / News read 3350 reading
Since 1989, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has funded the British Chevening Scholarships, known in Poland as Joseph Conrad Scholarships.

The scheme offers post-graduate study, training or research in the UK from 3 to 12 months.

Joseph Conrad main scholarships are for a subject of scholar's choice. However, applications in the following fields are especially encouraged:
International development, in particular development aid and climate change
Human rights, in particular policy on minorities
Technology transfer and innovation support policy
Regulation of the services sectors in particular transport, power & telecoms
Management of Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
Tax and economic policy in the business arena
International/EU relations focusing the EU and Poland’s relationship with Russia, Ukraine or Belarus
Advanced European studies covering key issues such as CAP, constitutional treaty, monetary policy and budget
Management, deployment, evaluation of European funding

Scholars are responsible for researching and securing their own places at the institution of their choice.

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary studies, languages (except those permitted under the Joseph Conrad Scholarships in Hebrew, Yiddish or Jewish Studies), the arts, music, pure science and sports are excluded from the scheme.
The Joseph Conrad Scholarships in Hebrew, Yiddish or Jewish Studies

These are two scholarships open to Polish nationals with a specialist interest in Hebrew, Yiddish or Jewish Studies who wish to pursue their studies in UK at postgraduate or postdoctoral level.

Preference will be given to candidates with a particular interest in language, culture or history.

The scholarships can be for taught courses, research degrees or research attachments at an institution in the UK, from 3 to 12 months.

It is particularly important that candidates should provide information on precisely what they wish to study in UK and provide also evidence that they have considered a suitable institution in the UK.

CRITERIA - WHO CAN APPLY?

For all scholarships, candidates should research their course and have a clear idea of what and where they would like to study before they apply.

Applicants can find out more information using the links in the ‘Useful Links’ section of this web page or use the resources available in the British Council Information Centre.

Joseph Conrad Scholarships are not simply for ambitious young people who would benefit from another qualification - they are for the next generation of leaders in their professions. We are looking for individuals who believe they are the future Prime Minister, CEO of a multi-national company, top journalist, Governor of the Bank of Poland, leading Judge etc. Only those with such high ambitions and skills to match should apply.

Successful applicants will need to fulfil the following criteria :
You must be a Polish national, currently resident in Poland.
You must have a high level of English (successful candidates will be required to take an IELTS test and usually require a minimum of 6.5).
You must have a degree normally to Magister level.
You are not eligible if you are currently receiving, or have received, any British Government scholarship over the last three years.
You must be at an early stage of your career and should have at least two years' relevant work experience.
You will have a long term commitment to developing your career in Poland.
You should not intend to pursue a purely academic career.
You will be ambitious and a high achiever.
You should have clear ideas about a planned course of study in the UK and how this will assist in your professional development
Above all, but taking into account all of the above criteria, we seek to provide opportunities for the leaders of the future in their chosen fields. Individuals who have the drive and skills to make a difference for their country.

It is important to note that scholarships cannot be awarded until candidates have provided the British Council with an Offer Letter from their chosen institution. It is therefore important that you have a clear idea of precisely what you wish to study in UK and provide also evidence that you have considered a suitable institution in the UK on your application.
If you are invited to interview you must have made significant progress with your application to your chosen University.

The British Embassy, British Council and associated sponsors reserve the right to withdraw or change scholarships available once the application process has closed.

FINANCIAL CONDITIONS:

The scheme is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council.

Scholarships cover tuition fees (including college fees) up to GBP 5000. The British Embassy reserves the right to award a lower amount, depending on the circumstances of a candidate's application.

Living costs are also covered under the scholarship.

The costs of IELTS exams will be covered for candidates selected after interviews and not exempt from meeting this requirement by British higher education institutions.

The costs of GMAT exams will be refunded for successful candidates.

Scholars are required to pay their own travel costs to and from the UK.

SELECTION OF CANDIDATES AND FURTHER PROCEDURES:

Selection of candidates is carried out through an open competitive process determined by the British Embassy in Warsaw in co-operation with the British Council.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that some UK universities (e.g. Cambridge and Oxford Universities) have their own, earlier application deadlines and other universities have their own specific selection criteria and restrictions. Please make sure that you know what your chosen institution requires. For details please check the web pages of the universities.

It is essential that every applicant reads the Guidance Notes. Application Forms must be completed in accordance with the Guidance Notes.

Before applying please read also our list of Frequently Asked Questions and Useful Links.

Please state clearly in your application subject of course, qualification expected and chosen universities (3 options in priority order) (Section D of the new Application Form).

Please state clearly if and what qualification do you expect to obtain (section D).

Candidates wishing to do research should provide relevant information on their intended research programme (Section F).

Please state clearly expected length of stay you apply for (section D).

Please attach your recent correspondence with the chosen universities (1 page from each university). If you have already been offered a place please attach a copy of the Offer Letter from the university.

Awards are NOT offered in medicine, dentistry, veterinary studies, languages (except those permitted under the Joseph Conrad Scholarships in Hebrew, Yiddish or Jewish Studies), the arts, music, pure science and sport.

All candidates will be informed by mid January 2006 whether or not they will be invited for interview.

Interviews will be held between 20 to 30 January 2006 (to be confirmed).

Applicants who successfully pass the interview stage will be required to take an English exam (IELTS). The cost of this exam will be covered by the scheme. Those who are exempt from IELTS test by British Higher Education Institutions must prove this by 31 January 06 by supplying written confirmation from the HEI.

All successful candidates will be expected to place themselves by end of May 2006 on a suitable course in the UK and to submit an Offer Letter from their chosen university. The chosen course will need to be approved by the British Council.

All the schortlisted scholars will be expected to take part in a General Briefing to be held at the British Council in Warsaw in May or June 2006 (to be confirmed).

It is important to note that scholarships cannot be awarded until candidates have provided the British Council with an offer letter from their chosen institution. It is therefore important that you have a clear idea of precisely what you wish to study in UK and provide also evidence that you have considered a suitable institution in the UK on your application. If you are invited to interview you must have made significant progress with your application to your chosen University.

Please make sure you use the new Application Form. Print out this Chevening Application Form and Chevening Guidance Notes, complete all sections clearly and in English and return to:
The British Council
Al. Jerozolimskie 59
00 - 697 Warszawa
Scholarships Officer

: www.britishcouncil.org
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