The Ben Delo Commonwealth Leadership Programme
Antiguan and Barbudan Civil Servants can benefit from a scholarship for online short courses funded by British Entrepreneur, mathematician and Philanthropist Ben Delo. The International School for Government at King’s College London has launched a new scholarship programme for mid-career civil servants of Commonwealth member states.
The Ben Delo Commonwealth Leadership Programme offers scholarships to study masters level, online four week short courses. Each course, across a broad curriculum, blends academic rigour and practical application to equip civil servants with the skills they need to maximise their personal effectiveness and impact, and advance in their careers.
The Scholarship will support as many as 100 students in the 2023 calendar year. Applications for nominations are now open.
To be eligible the candidate will need:
- 3+ years as a Commonwealth civil servant.
- A good undergraduate degree
- Relevant English Language Skills to study at a post-graduate level at Kings
- To be nominated by their respective governments.
There is a broad curriculum of short courses available and taught each year. The specific courses are available on the King’s College website under short courses. They can be chosen either by the candidates themselves or by their respective governments.
Scholarship Process and Policy
- Antigua and Barbuda can initially nominate up to 10 scholarship enrolments up to the end of December 2023.
- The relevant Ministry (appropriate representative or nominee’s Line Manager / Senior colleague) will then contact the [email protected] to confirm, as appropriate:
- The name(s) of the civil servant(s) that they wish to nominate under the Ben Delo Commonwealth Leadership Programme scholarships.
- The nominee(s) is a current commonwealth civil servant.
- The nominee(s) is able to evidence 3+ years of experience in a relevant policy-focussed role.
- The nominee(s) is able to evidence a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent, or applicants without a degree but with relevant experiential learning through professional roles and responsibilities demonstrating their ability to study at post-grad level will also be considered).
- The nominee(s) is able to evidence meeting relevant English Language requirements Band B, as
- The specific course(s) that the nominee(s) is interested in enrolling to study, if known.
Evidence of meeting the course eligibility requirements above will be required by each nominee at course application stage as part of KCL Course Admissions procedures, whilst at nomination stage, for a scholarship under the Ben Delo Commonwealth Leadership Programme to be considered, it is essential that the nominating member state is able to confirm their understanding that the nominee meets the course eligibility requirements.
Nominations are being assessed and scholarship places offered as they are received – with a current final deadline of the end of December 2023, or when all scholarships have been offered, if before. Scholarships offered by the end of December 2023 will be applicable to enrolments on courses commencing up to July 2024 (end of 2023-2024 academic year).
Those that have received a scholarship offer, will be invited to submit an application for the specific course that they would like to study, which will include providing evidence of meeting specific course eligibility criteria. Assuming an offer to study with us is made and accepted, course fees will be covered by the scholarship.
For further information do not hesitate to contact the High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda at [email protected]@antigua-barbuda.com or [email protected]
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