Joy Lydia Pagaialii and James Site Faiumu, Chevening Scholars


The United Kingdom’s Chevening scholarship applications for the new school year 2023-2024 are open now. This was confirmed in a statement announcing its scholars for the current school year.

The British High Commission in Apia confirmed that James Site Faiumu is one of the Chevening Scholarship Award 2022-2023.

James will attend the University of Essex to study a Masters degree in Accounting and Financial Management. He said it takes a dream and a village to get him where he’s at.

“I credit this success to my God, my family and my friends that have supported me thus far.

“Thank you to the UK Government through its Chevening Scholarship Programme for this life-changing opportunity. I anticipate a great experience studying for my MSc. at the University of Essex and exploring the beauty of the United Kingdom.”

The other scholar confirmed is Joy Lydia Pagaialii. She will attend the University of Nottingham to study a Masters degree in Economic Development and Policy Analysis.

“It is an honor and a truly humbling experience to be chosen as one of the recipients of the Chevening Awards this year. God is good,” she said in the statement posted.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to further progress my academic and professional capacity as I study towards an MSc. in Economic Development and Policy Analysis. Upon my return, I hope to contribute to the sustainable development of Samoa by playing my part in the provision of evidence-based policy advice and advanced economic analyses.
“I look forward to experiencing life in the UK, building long-lasting friendships, and being a part of the global Chevening network,” said Ms Pagaiali’i.

Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations, the program offers individuals who show potential to inspire, inform, and influence positive change the opportunity to study at a UK university to gain a UK educational qualification. 

The programme supports awardees from more than 160 countries and territories with the main exceptions being the USA (whose citizens can apply for FCDO-funded Marshall Scholarships) and the majority of the European Union.

The Chevening programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious and highly competitive international awards programme. Its success has led to an increased level of investment, with over 1,500 awards made most years.