Did you know that if you have a Bachelor’s degree or a degree in any specialty, you are fluent in English, are Peruvian by birth and have leadership skills, you could pursue a master’s degree in the United Kingdom.
In effect, the evening scholarships give you the opportunity to study a master’s degree, whatever your age, in different universities in the countries that make up the United Kingdom, including Oxford and Cambridge.
The coordinator of scholarships of the British Embassy in Peru, Manuel Pastor, explained in the Educational Tuesdays of the Andean Agency that this benefit seeks a special niche of candidates with high leadership capacity or who have already assumed it in some sector of society .
“No matter the discipline, this is an open range for scholars to find in the United Kingdom a place to specialize, increase their network of contacts and return to Peru to contribute to the development of their country,” he said.
It also requires some minimum work experience in which pre-professional practices and volunteering time, if applicable, and also not having been evening scholarship before.
The scholarship is valid for one year and covers everything from leaving Peru until it is returned; allows to have in the United Kingdom a good standard of living as a student.
Pastor said that having a master’s degree or a doctorate is not exclusive to obtain this scholarship and that you can also apply if you have dual citizenship provided that the second is not the British.
The application process of a evening scholarship begins the second week of August and ends on the first of November. All this process is done online in the portal
In that link you will find a window that says “Apply”. When entering, three master’s programs from three universities should be placed to which the applicant could aspire. This gives you the possibility that, if you are not accepted into a university, you have two other options to try. It is not necessary to apply to the university before.
Pastor explained that this application is sent to an independent committee in the United Kingdom and then, as an embassy, invite those who believe it is convenient for the interview between the months of March and April.
“We evaluate four factors: leadership, contact networks or networking, why they want to study in the United Kingdom, and their future plans (…) that is, we look for people who have gone beyond their comfort zone at work” , he pointed.
“We told the elected people in the first week of June,” he said, adding that although it is a long process, this gives the applicant the time necessary to tempt the entrance to the chosen university and strengthen their mastery of the English.
In case, he said, the applicant obtains the scholarship but does not enter the university, unfortunately the benefit will be lost but the person can apply again because there is no limit of applications.
Mastery of English
He clarified that although the requirement of the English language is not required at the beginning of the application, it must be borne in mind that the entire selection process is in English, such as interviews and trials.
Scholarship creditors will be required to take the international IELTS or TOEFL exams.
He added that although in the evening process the candidate is not considered to belong to the upper third, the university to which he intends to enter is probably considered.
Evening scholarships are a tradition since 1983 when they were created. It has already benefited 50,000 scholars in its 35 years of existence.
It is estimated that this year will be delivered between 16 and 20 scholarships to Peruvians. The comprehensive scholarship per student implies an investment of between 30,000 and 35,000 pounds sterling, that is between 120,000 and 160,000 soles.
Pastor said that since the relationship between the embassy and the fellows is established, the contact is maintained permanently and that the fellows are considered in all the activities of the diplomatic legation.