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OSI FCO Chevening Scholarships za Sveučilište Cambridge

Deadline: 31.01.2008.

Scholarship administrator: Institut za razvoj obrazovanja
Level: postgraduate
Field of study: Social Sciences, Humanities
Place of study: United Kingdom


OSI/FCO Chevening/Cambridge University Scholarships

Offered in collaboration with the Open Society Institute, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Cambridge Trusts (Cambridge Overseas Trust, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust), these scholarships enable students of outstanding academic merit to pursue one-year taught postgraduate courses of study at the University of Cambridge in subjects relevant to the needs of their countries.

1. Eligible Countries & Subjects
Eligible subjects/courses for Croatian citizens are:

MPhil in Criminology, Development Studies, Education, English & Applied Linguistics, Historical Studies, History & Philosophy of Science, International Relations, Management, Philosophy, Political Thought and Intellectual History, Social Anthropology, LLM Law.

2. Eligibility

  • Applicants must be citizens of and resident in one of the following countries: Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (which is at present under United Nations administration), the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Montenegro, and Serbia. 
  • Applicants should be planning to return to their home country at the end of the period of study. 
  • All applicants must have completed at least four years of university study and have obtained, or expect to obtain, the appropriate degree(s), no later than September 2008.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential to become leaders, decision makers, and opinion formers in their home country. This requirement is of considerable importance in the selection process, and applicants should be sure to complete Section 9 of the application form fully and appropriately. 
  • Applicants will be required to have passed an English proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS) before being offered a scholarship. The minimum requirement for some of the courses available is TOEFL 600 (250 in the computer-based test) or IELTS 7.0; however most courses require the higher minimum requirement of IELTS 7.5, and some IELTS 8.0. Please refer to the University of Cambridge Graduate Studies Prospectus at www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/gsprospectus/ for further details. 
  • A preference will go towards applicants who have not studied previously outside of their home countries.

3. Ineligibility
The following applicants are ineligible to apply:

  • Employees, employee's relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than 2 years before) of FCO (including FCO Posts), the British Council, the Educational Advising Centers or other OSI-NSP representations in the region and the participating Universities will not be eligible to apply for these awards
  • Also ineligible are those who have received a scholarship funded by the British government within the previous three years.

4. Application Process & Deadlines

  1. All applicants must complete the OSI/FCO Chevening Scholarship Application and return it to their local OSI scholarships administration centre (for Croatia: Institute for the Development of Education, Preradovićeva 33/I, 10000 Zagreb) by 31 January 2008.
  2. All applicants must also send the Graduate Admission and Scholarship Application Form (GRADSAF) to the Board of Graduate Studies at Cambridge by the general deadline of 31 January 2008. However, if a course deadline is earlier, the GRADSAF must be returned to the Board of Graduate Studies to meet that deadline. Please consult the website of the University of Cambridge to learn about each course deadline.

5. Selection Process
Applications for admission to the university will be considered by the Board of Graduate Studies (the graduate admitting authority of the University).

Short-listed applicants for Economics, Economics and Development or Finance will be required to take a GRE test. This will be arranged by their local OSI scholarships administration centre (for Croatia: Institute for the Development of Education, Zagreb).

Short-listed applicants will be required to take an English language test, which will also be arranged by the local Soros foundation/Advising Center.

Applicants offered a place by the Board of Graduate will be interviewed in their home countries.
Final decisions will be made in June/July 2008.

6. Guidance Notes & Applications
Detailed guidance notes, application forms, and lists of the required supporting documents are available below.

7. Financial Terms
The scholarships will cover the University Composition Fee at the overseas rate, approved college fees, a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student, and one return economy airfare to the UK. No financial support is provided for dependants or family members.

8. Contact Information
For further details and an application, applicants from Croatia should contact the local OSI scholarships administration centre at the following address:

Institute for the Development of Education
(Institut za razvoj obrazovanja)
Tel: 01/ 4817 195, 01/ 4555 151
Fax: 01/ 4555 150
URL: http://www.iro.hr
E-mail: tfarnell@iro.hr

For more detailed information about the University of Cambridge please visit the following web sites:



OSI Scholarship Application Form (173 kb)
Guidance notes for OSI scholarship application (141 kb)
Graduate Application Pack (GRADSAF) (437 kb)


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OSI FCO Chevening Scholarships za Sveučilište Cambridge (2007)
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