The Chevening Scholarship is an international scholarship that allows foreign students with leadership qualities to study at universities in the United Kingdom. It is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organizations. The Chevening program aims to build global leaders.
Chevening has helped almost 50,000 professionals study in the UK since 1983. Their impact report gives you a glimpse into some of the Chevening community’s inspiring achievements and the difference they continue to make all around the world.
Chevening is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from around the world to grow professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and form long-lasting positive links with the United Kingdom.
Chevening Scholarship Objectives
Chevening Awards are an essential part of Britain’s public diplomacy effort, bringing professionals to the UK who have already demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities.
Chevening contributes to British foreign policy priorities and meets FCDO goals through cultivating long-term good relationships with future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers.
Chevening Scholarships enable excellent emerging leaders from throughout the world to study in the United Kingdom for a one-year master’s degree.
They are committed to honoring students who have the drive, ideas, and clout to give the answers and leadership needed to make the world a better place.
Chevening Scholarship Details
Type of Scholarship
Chevening enables outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK.
Chevening offers two types of award
- Chevening Scholarships
- Chevening Fellowships
Value of Scholarship
Because these scholarships are completely financed (flights, lodging, and course costs are all covered), you can concentrate on accomplishing your professional goals and making the most of your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You will spend a year living and studying in the United Kingdom, during which time you will grow professionally and academically, network widely, learn about British culture, and form lasting good bonds with the country. You will leave the UK with the knowledge and networks essential to bring your own ideas to life once you have completed your studies.
You can apply for a Chevening Award to study for a second master’s degree in the UK even if you have a master’s degree, as long as you can clearly explain why it will help you fulfill your career goals.
What does a Chevening Scholarship cover?
The Chevening Programme includes a tailored engagement program creating opportunities for scholars to network with each other as well as alumni, the FCDO, high-profile speakers, and partner organizations. Award recipients receive:
- Payment of tuition fees
- Economy travel to and from your country of residence by an approved route for you only
- An arrival allowance
- The cost of an entry clearance (visa) application for you only
- A departure allowance
- A contribution of up to £75 for TB testing, where this is required
- A travel top-up allowance
- A monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover accommodation and living expenses. The monthly stipend will depend on whether you are studying inside or outside London. These rates are subject to annual review.
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 program at a UK university by the time you submit your application.
- Have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience.
- Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 14 July 2022.
You are not eligible for a Chevening Scholarship if you
- Hold British or dual British citizenship (unless you are a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or hold BN(O) and are applying from Hong Kong).
- Hold refugee status in a non-Chevening eligible country.
- Are an employee, a former employee, or a relative of an employee of Her Majesty’s Government, or have been within the last two years from the opening of Chevening applications
- Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship.
Application for the Chevening Scholarship
Before completing your Chevening application, make sure you meet the scholarship’s minimal work-experience criteria. Applicants for Chevening Scholarships must have at least two years of work experience.
You will be unable to submit your application if you do not already have the appropriate degree of work experience.
Work experience can be obtained before, during, or after completing your undergraduate education; however, any forced job that counts toward your undergraduate or postgraduate degree will be ineligible.
You do not have to complete the work experience requirement in a single job. In order to achieve the criterion, applicants might submit up to fifteen separate employment periods. Please provide the periods of employment if you have held more than fifteen positions.
Eligible types of work experience
The types of work experience that are eligible for Chevening can include:
- Full-time employment
- Part-time employment
- Voluntary work
- Paid or unpaid internships
If you are currently employed, it is not a requirement of Chevening that you resign from your position. You are advised to discuss your application with your employer and it is your responsibility to ensure that they will release you if you are selected for a Chevening Scholarship.
- Once submitted, applications undergo an electronic shift against their eligibility criteria. Any applications deemed ineligible will be removed from the selection process. Please see the list of common errors here. If you make these errors in your application form, your application will be ineligible. Please note that once your application has been submitted, it is not possible to change it retrospectively.
For more information, visit the Chevening Scholarship Website
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarship?
Although applications for fully-funded Chevening Scholarships to study for one-year master’s degrees at UK universities are now closed
There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, but those who are successful tend to have ambition, leadership qualities, and a passion for influencing positive change in their home countries.
What matters the most while submitting an application for the Chevening Scholarship?
What matters is your ability to submit a thoughtful application that demonstrates you are capable of excelling on an intense master’s course in the UK, and that you have a clear vision for your future.
Where can I find guidance for the online application system?
Guidance for the online application system including common queries can be found on their OAS technical issues page.
What education documents do I need to upload as part of my Chevening application?
Applicants can upload either their degree certificate or degree transcript, as long as it is an official document from your university that proves your degree and grade. They require the original documents which do not need to be translated into English.
Can I stay in the UK once my scholarship has ended?
Their terms and conditions require all scholars to return to their country/territory of award for a period of two years immediately following the completion of their award.
I have been asked to submit visa information – is this a legitimate request from Chevening?
Yes, they ask for additional information from scholars regarding their visa appointments which they use for the procurement of their visas.