Malawi’s Chevening and Commonwealth scholars get a warm sendoff  to UK

 The British Charge d’Affaires, Martin Scales, and Minister of Education Science and Technology, Dr Emmanuel Fabiano on Thursday bade farewell to a group of Malawian scholars that is heading to the UK to study in various fields under the Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships.

The Chevening and Commonwealth students

The Chevening and Commonwealth students

Chevening students

Chevening students

Fabiano commends UK for scholarships

Fabiano commends UK for scholarships

Scales: UK is delighted to see so many talented Malawians making it through

Scales: UK is delighted to see so many talented Malawians making it through

The 13Malawians will undergo one-year master’s degree programmes in different world class UK universities for the 2016/17 academic year on the fully sponsored, event-loaded, and prestigious Chevening Scholarship.

While another cohort of 14 scholars and fellows are on the Commonwealth scholarship to pursue Master’s and Doctorate degrees or on the fellowship to enhance knowledge and skills in their fields at UK host organisations.

Martin Scales said: “The UK is delighted to see so many talented Malawians making it through the stringent application process to gain these prestigious scholarships. We hope you will excel in your studies, network with other scholars from around the world and explore all the UK has to offer.

“Whilst in the UK you will be Ambassadors for Malawi and we hope you will return to fully utilise your experience and studies to become leaders making significant contributions to Malawi’s socio-economic development.”

The guest of honour at the event Minister Fabiano said: “We are grateful to the British government for the scholarships that they have been offering for many years now.

“These are helpful for Malawi because they address the gaps on what’s on offer locally by enabling Malawians to acquire special and advanced skills in different fields that later benefit the country.”

One of the scholars, Fadress Nyirenda, who will be studying for a master of arts in development studies said it was dream come true to receive the Chevening Scholarship award.

She said as someone who works with young boys and girls in the community, the programme will equip her to understand and tackle various issues that are currently confronting them.

The 2017/18 applications cycle for Chevening Scholarship is currently open until 8 November 2016 and potential applicants can visit

399 Malawian nationals have held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship funded by the UK government. Details about commonwealth scholarships can be found on


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6 thoughts on “Malawi’s Chevening and Commonwealth scholars get a warm sendoff  to UK”

  1. Bambo Gwamula says:

    The nearly 400 Malawians that have been trained already, what have they done to develop their country? Nothing. So why more money training others? White people, especially British are not that smart, they keep pumping money where there is no results that is why the voted to exit the EU, anatha ma plan. Like someone below said, use the money to offer local scholarships or build hostels in our University so the students are not selling their bodies to pay rent or buy food. I leave in Zomba so I have all the experience and evidence. Timamenya gwamula.

  2. Malawi says:

    So many legible Malawians available in our universities. You still want us to go to UK in order to benefit from these scholarships. Its good but consider Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships tenable in our own universities in Malawi, LUANAR, MUST, UNIMA or MZUNI. Many students have nor proper sponsorship and therefore instead of requesting that we return to our countries upon finishing our studies, provide the scholarship right here in Malawi so that we do not need to stay in your countries.

  3. Mainjini says:

    congratulations to all of you.. Best wishes. Nthawi sichedwa kutha.. Ngati mukufuna kutakata musakachedwe mukangofika nayoni DBI

  4. Mirella K says:

    Eish koma guyz olo girls’ empowerment-yo? Kodi atsikana athuwa mmakagonana nawo kapena chiyani?

  5. Sowazi says:

    List of the awardees pliz

    1. Mfana odzisata says:

      I thought so too

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