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127 Nigerians receive UK Chevening, Commonwealth Scholarships

The British Government has awarded 127 Nigerians the Chevening and Commonwealth UK scholarships to study a wide range of master’s degrees and Ph.D. programs in 2023.

Addressing a pre-departure reception held in Abuja, the British High Commissioner, Dr Richard Montgomery CMG, congratulated beneficiaries who succeeded in securing a scholarship through the challenging application and interview process.

Speaking at the reception, the British High Commissioner, Dr Richard Montgomery CMG said: “ Seeing you all here is a great testimony to hard work, perseverance, and resilience through a highly competitive process.

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“I challenge each of you to aim for excellence in your studies, to be great ambassadors for Nigeria in the UK, and to take advantage of every opportunity during your scholarship – through growing your knowledge, enriching cultural exchange, and confident networking – and then bringing those experiences back to Nigeria and doing great things for your country while creating a positive change in this country and the world.”

Commonwealth Scholar, Michael Oyedoyin, who will study Family and Child Psychology at the University of Chester, UK, said: “I have always loved to teach, and my first degree is in Teacher Education.

“However, while teaching in schools, I observed that family issues were often the underlying cause of students’ poor academic performance and absence from school. Therefore, I chose this master’s to equip me to support my students beyond the classroom.”


Also, a Chevening Scholar, Odera Akpata, who will study International Business at the University of Warwick, UK, said: “Reflecting on my last two applications, I am assured that great things happen to those who never give up”.

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Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarships are awarded to individuals who demonstrate intellectual ability, leadership potential, and a commitment to the development of their home country.

The Chevening Scholarship, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, offered 44 Nigerian students fully-funded scholarships to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK.

The recipients were selected from a pool of over 14,000 applications in Nigeria and more than 62,000 applications across the globe.

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This year, the Commonwealth Scholarship sends off 83 scholars to study in the UK. Every year, over 100 Nigerian students benefit from the scholarship for postgraduate and PhD degrees.

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