The Chevening Scholarship
The Chevening Scholarship is an exciting scholarship opportunity for international students as a part of the UK government’s international scholarships programme. Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and partner organisations, they offer awards to study in the UK for one year on a fully-funded master’s degree course.
What Does The Chevening Scholarship Cover?
The Chevening Scholarship includes:
- University tuition fees
- A monthly stipend
- Travel costs to and from the UK
- An arrival allowance
- A homeward departure allowance
- The cost of one visa application
- A travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK
Eligibility for The Chevening Scholarship
To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:
- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory.
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended.
- Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university by the time you submit your application.
- Have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience.
The following types of work experience are eligible for Chevening Scholarship:
1. Full-time employment
2. Part-time employment
3. Voluntary work
4. Paid or unpaid internships
- Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 14 July 2022.
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
You are not eligible for a Chevening Scholarship if you:
- Hold British or dual British citizenship.
- Hold refugee status in a non-Chevening eligible country.
- Are an employee, a former employee, or relative of an employee of Her Majesty’s Government, or have been within the last two years from the opening of Chevening applications or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
- Employees, former employees, or relatives of an employee of Chevening Partner organisations are eligible to apply, but if the employment took place within the last two years, you cannot receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organisation from which you work, previously worked, or are affiliated with through relatives.
- Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship.
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
These are the documents required to be submitted by the students applying for the scholarship:
- Relevant education documents
- Reference Letters
- One unconditional UK university offer
Things to keep in mind while uploading your references:
- References must be written in English.
- You must upload two different references.
- If the embassy or high commission in your country/territory has temporarily suspended operations, please address your reference letter to ‘Chevening Officer [name of country or territory].’
- If you need to change your referees before submitting your references before the deadline of 22 February 2022, you can do this in the online system.
- Your reference should cover the following:
1. Their contact details: address, email address, and phone number.
2. How long have they known you?
3. In what capacity do they know you?
4. When did they last have regular contact with you?
5. A brief overall endorsement of the applicant, including your:
– Skills in leadership and networking.
– Personal, intellectual, and interpersonal qualities.
– Ability to complete a demanding academic programme in the UK.
The Timeline of The Chevening Scholarship
- 3 August 2021: Applications open.
- 2 November 2021: Applications close.
- 3 November 2021: Applications are sifted against the eligibility criteria.
- Mid-November to December 2021: Independent reading committees assess all eligible applications. Their scores and rankings are then passed back to local British embassies/high commissions.
- Early to mid-February 2022: Applicants shortlisted for interviews.
- February to late-April 2022: References and education documents deadline.
- 28 February – 29 April 2022: Interviews take place.
- From early June 2022: Results are announced
- 14 July 2022: The deadline to receive and submit at least one unconditional UK university offer is 17:00 BST (UK time) on 14 July 2022.