The Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence
Applications for the Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for Leadership are now open until 11 April, 2011.
The Chevening Gurukul Leadership Programme at the London School of Economics (LSE) is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s premium scholarship scheme for India. The selected candidates are offered an intense, all expenses-paid, 12 week residential course at the LSE. Through a combination of closely supervised project work, academic courses, field visits, seminars, debates and interactions with some of today’s top public figures, this is a unique opportunity for up to 16 Indian leaders.
The British High Commissioner to India, Sir Richard Stagg said:
“Prime Ministers David Cameron and Manmohan Singh have set out an ambitious vision for how the UK-India partnership should become ‘stronger, wider, deeper’. Chevening Gurukul scholars will play a critical role in this by making their mark, not just in the next few years but over the coming decades. The unique programme at the London School of Economics is tailored to equip high-flying Indian professionals in mid-career with new skills and perspectives so that they can spot, seize and shape opportunities in the complex and inter-connected world in which we all live.”
Essar is the corporate sponsor for the programme.
This scheme is designed for working professionals who already have substantial experience in their career fields and are looking for a short-term, full-time, intensive, advanced training programme for top leaders – to build on their experience, knowledge and skills. These programmes provide a unique opportunity to Indian men and women to establish networks of contacts in the UK of direct value to their work and career development in India.
Applicants should not apply directly to the LSE. Simply complete the Chevening application.
Last date to apply is 11 April 2011.
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Tips To Get Financial Aid Scholarships
Many students know that grants and scholarships are a surefire way to help pay for the high cost of a college degree. A high level of stress doesn't need to come along with the process of applying for financial aid. With knowledge and foresight, earning financial aid to help pay for college doesn't need to be a challenge.
Students may be applying for financial aid in the form of scholarships for a number of reasons. Some scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate a financial need for monetary help and thus are considered need based. Other scholarships are merit-based and help reward students who may not demonstrate financial need, but could still benefit from financial aid. Either way, the process of applying for scholarships remains the same.
There are some steps that are simply applicable across the board, no matter what type of financial aid students are applying for. From the East coast to the West coast, these strategies have been continually employed. They are proven to be the most successful; both in positive results and in helping students develop a sense of organization.
The first tip is also applicable to deadlines while students attend college: start looking early and keep track of deadlines. Organization is paramount throughout the process of scholarship applications. Missing a deadline is not an option; scholarship boards will not accept late applications. The earlier students identify which scholarships they want to apply for, the more time they have to make their application top-notch.
The second tip for making yourself into an attractive scholarship applicant requires more work than simply writing down dates in a calendar. When trying to win financial aid money, GPA and demonstrating financial need are absolutely important. However, many scholarships want a full picture of the applicants - so community and campus involvement are just as important as your grades. Staying involved in extracurricular activities like clubs, sports and volunteering will help make you into a desirable applicant when you're aiming for financial aid.
The actual process of submitting an application requires the same type of organization as keeping track of dates. Students need to be sure to read all the instructions so they don't skip or accidentally miss an important part of the scholarship's instructions. No matter how messy they are regularly, the scholarship application itself needs to be neatly handwritten or typed, with an attention to detail. Scholarship boards process hundreds of applications regularly and don't have the time to be deciphering horrible penmanship!
Students who are vying for scholarships may be drawn first and foremost to the biggest scholarships available on a national level. However, it is wisest to apply for local scholarships first. The smaller the pool of applicants, the more likely it is that students will be successful in winning their financial aid. Local colleges and universities are an excellent source of individual scholarship opportunities, and many hometown individuals and programs will also offer students financial aid. The search can be broadened only after the closest opportunities are taken advantage of.