Brief Description of Chevening Scholarship – How it works
Chevening is the name given to the United Kingdom’s overseas scholarship program. Chevening offers scholarships to study in the United Kingdom for one year on a fully financed master’s degree course, which is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office and other organizations.
They come from a broad range of countries and backgrounds, but they all share a desire for making the world better by demonstrating the vision, enthusiasm, and talents that are required to do it.
There are numerous advantages to being selected, including completely supported tuition expenses, access to some of the highest-quality education available anywhere in the world, exclusive networking opportunities, and the opportunity to learn about the diverse cultures of the United Kingdom.
At the conclusion of your scholarship, you will become a member of our varied worldwide community of over 50,000 alumni. You’ll return home armed with the knowledge and contacts you need to bring your ideas to life and succeed in your professional life.
Documents that are required
All Chevening applicants must submit their educational documents, references, and one unconditional offer from a UK university in order to be considered for consideration. The Chevening application calendar includes the submission deadlines for these needed documents. To upload them, click on the ‘edit my application’ icon above the fold.
To ensure that you are not disqualified from consideration for a Chevening Scholarship after being conditionally selected, it is crucial that you provide the required documentation.
Requirements/Eligibility for Chevening Scholarships
To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a citizen of a nation or territory that qualifies for the Chevening Scholarship.
- After your award has expired, you must return to your place of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has expired.
- By the time you submit your application, you should have completed all of the requirements for an undergraduate degree that will allow you to gain admission to a postgraduate program at a UK-based institution. While this is normally similar to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the United Kingdom (UK), the exact equivalency may vary based on your course and university of choice.
- To be eligible, you must have at least two years of work experience (equal to 2,800 hours).
- Apply to three distinct suitable UK university courses and earn an unconditional offer from one of these selections before the 14th of July in the following year, 2022.
- If you do any of the following, you are ineligible for a Chevening Scholarship:
- Hold British or dual British citizenship (unless you are a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or a BN(O) holder applying from Hong Kong), or be a citizen of a British Overseas Territory with dual British citizenship.
- Have refugee status in a country that is not qualified for the Geneva Conventions. Scholarships are available to applicants who are nationals of a Chevening-eligible country and who have been granted refugee status in a Chevening-eligible country.
- Have worked for or been employed by Her Majesty’s Government (including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, all British Embassies/High Commissions, the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for International Trade, and the UKVI) within the last two years since the opening of Chevening applications, or have worked for or been employed by the British Council, a sponsoring UK university, or a sponsoring UK organization
- Employment with Chevening Partner organizations is open to all current and former employees, as well as relatives* of current and former employees. However, if your employment took place within the last two years, you will not be eligible to receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organization with which you work, previously worked, or are affiliated through relatives.
- Have previously studied in the United Kingdom with financing provided by a scholarship provided by the United Kingdom government.
- Being in possession of a master’s degree does not preclude you from applying for a Chevening Award to study for a second master’s degree in the United Kingdom, so long as you can clearly explain how it will assist you in fulfilling your career plan to influence positive change in your home country of origin.
Once received, applications are subjected to a computerized screening process to ensure they meet our eligibility requirements. Any applications that are found to be ineligible will be removed from consideration throughout the selection process.
Countries Eligible for Chevening Scholarships
The countries are listed in alphabetical order.
A – Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan,
B – Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Overseas Territories, Brunei, Burma,
C – Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba,
D – Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DR Congo,
E – East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia,
F – Falkland Islands, Fiji,
G – Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Guyana,
H – Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong,
I – Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel,
J – Jamaica, Japan, Jordan,
K – Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan,
L – Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya,
M – Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montserrat, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique,
N – Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria,
P – Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Island,
R – Republic of Congo, Russia, Rwanda,
S – Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Southern Sudan, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria,
T – Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu,
U – Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan,
V – Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam,
Y – Yemen,
Z – Zambia and Zimbabwe
Chevening Scholarships Eligible courses
In order to be eligible, the courses you choose must be full-time, and:
- Start in the autumn term (usually September/October)
- Taught master’s (i.e. not research-focused MRes programmes)
- Lead to a master’s degree qualification
- Based in the UK
Courses cannot be:
- Distance learning
- Less than nine months in duration
- More than 12 months in duration
- PhD or DPhil
- Taught with more than one month of study outside the UK
Use the Chevening course finder to browse eligible master’s degrees at universities across the UK.
Find out more about the courses
How to Apply for Chevening Scholarships
- Firstly, visit the Chevening scholarship application portal
- Choose your country/territory from the drop down
- Select your award (Scholarship or Fellowship) from the drop down
- Hit the search button to bring out the application details for the selected country.
Is Chevening Scholarship still open?
Applications for 2022/2023 Chevening Scholarships are now closed. If you’re considering applying when applications open next year, subscribe to our latest posts so you’ll get the notification right on your device once we update this page.
The new application will be opened possibly in August 2022.
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Chevening’s selection procedure includes checking references, which is a mandatory step. When submitting your application, you must include the names of two referees who will review your work.
*If your application is advanced to the next step, you will be expected to upload two reference letters to the online application system by the time specified in your application.
Please keep in mind that Chevening will not contact your referees to ask them to complete or upload references on your behalf. Obtaining and uploading references on behalf of referees is the obligation of the application submitter.
Your referrals may be contacted by the British embassy or high commission for verification purposes at a later point.
We strongly suggest all applicants to send two references to the online application system prior to the deadline, and we will only accept references given in person to the embassy or high commission during the interview process in extraordinary circumstances.
It is possible that the British embassy or high commission in your native country will need you to bring original hard copies of your references with you to your interview.
If you are invited to an interview, you will be given more instructions on how to prepare.
When applying for a Chevening Fellowship, this deadline may not apply to you if your application is successful. You will be notified if and when you are required to upload reference letters prior to your scheduled interview time.
Who is eligible to serve as a referee?
Please take great care in selecting your references. Individuals who may comment on your general suitability for a Chevening Scholarship or Fellowship should be included on your list of referees.
It is preferable if your referees are people you are familiar with, whether in an academic or professional position. They should not be a close personal friend or a member of the family.
It is crucial that when you approach your referees, you send them to the guidelines section below since it offers important information about what they should include in their recommendation.
We also urge that you ask them to serve as a referee as soon as possible in order to guarantee that they have sufficient time to prepare their reference.
What must your reference cover?
Your reference should cover the following:
- Your contact details: address, email address, and phone number
- How long have you known the applicant?
- In what capacity do you know the applicant? (e.g. professional, educational, supervisory, voluntary, religious, etc.)
- When did you last have regular contact with the applicant?
- A brief overall endorsement of the applicant, including their:
- Skills in leadership and networking.
- Personal, intellectual, and interpersonal qualities.
- Ability to complete a demanding academic programme in the UK.
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