The UK Universities are now accepting applications for their fully funded Chevening Scholarships.
About Chevening and Scholarship
The UK government’s international awards program, Chevening, fosters the growth of world leaders. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations, who provide funding for Chevening, choose the beneficiaries of its two categories of awards, the Chevening Fellowships and the Chevening Scholarships, respectively.
Through Chevening Scholarships, outstanding young leaders from all around the world can study for a one-year master’s degree in the UK. You can concentrate on accomplishing your professional objectives and enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because flights, lodging, and course costs are all covered by these scholarships. For one year, you’ll reside and pursue your education in the UK. Through Chevening Scholarships, outstanding young leaders from all around the world can study for a one-year master’s degree in the UK.
There is no such thing as a “typical” Chevening Scholar, but they are searching for people who have the drive, connections, and power to offer the leadership and solutions required to build a better future. You are free to concentrate on attaining your professional objectives and making the most of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because flights, lodging, and course costs are all covered by these scholarships. Applicants will spend a year living and going to school in the UK.
Details about Chevening Scholarships:
Scholarship Sponsor: Chevening
Scholarship Value: Fully funded
Number of awards: N/A
Study level: Masters
Host Institution(s): Any UK University
The Chevening Program has a specifically designed interaction program that gives students the chance to network with one another, alumni, the FCDO, well-known lecturers, and partner organizations. Recipients of awards get:
- The payment of tuition
- Travel in comfort to and from your nation on a designated route for you exclusively
- An allowance for arrival
- The fee for applying for a visa or entrance clearance is just for you
- A severance payment
- When necessary, a donation of up to £75 for TB testing
- A supplemental budget for trips
- A stipend (personal living allowance) is paid each month to cover housing and living costs. The amount of money you receive each month depends on where you are attending school—whether it’s in London or someplace else. Each year, these prices are subject to change.
Eligibility Criteria for Chevening Scholarships
Exceptional young leaders from all around the world can study for one year for master’s degrees in the UK thanks to Chevening.
Although there is no such thing as the “typical” Chevening Scholar, successful individuals typically possess ambition, leadership skills, and a desire to effect good change in their home countries.
If you fulfill the organization’s eligibility standards and other conditions, they invite you to apply. They don’t care about your gender, age (there is no maximum age restriction), sexual orientation, religion, marital status, parental status, caste, class, or any other characteristics. What counts is your capacity to submit a well-thought-out application that proves both your potential to succeed in a demanding master’s degree in the UK and your ability to articulate a distinct future goal. For consideration for the Chevening Scholarships, applicants are recommended to fulfill the following requirements:
- Have citizenship in one of the relevant countries or territories.
- Return to your native nation for at least two years after your award expires.
- Applicants must have fulfilled all prerequisites for an undergraduate degree by the time they submit their application if they want to sign up for a postgraduate program at a UK university. This is often comparable to an upper second-class 2:1 honors degree in the UK, however, it may be different depending on your field and university choice.
- Possess at least 2,800 hours (2 years) of work experience.
- Apply by the deadline indicated on the application timeline to three distinct qualified UK university courses and accept an unconditional offer from one of your top selections.
You are not qualified for a Chevening Scholarship if you:
- If you are applying from Hong Kong and are a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or have BN(O), you must be a British citizen or hold dual citizenship.
- Maintain refugee status in a country that is not eligible for Chestering. Scholarship applicants must be nationals of Chevening-eligible countries or have refugee status in one of those nations.
- Are currently employed by His Majesty’s Government (including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, all British Embassies/High Commissions, the Home Office, the Ministry of Defense, the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, the Department for International Trade, and the UKVI), the British Council, or a sponsoring UK university, or have been so within the past two years since the opening of Chevening applications.
- Application is open to current and previous workers as well as their relatives* who work for Chevening Partner organizations. However, you are not eligible to earn a Chevening Partner Award from the company where you work, were formerly worked, or are related if the employment took place within the last two years.
- Once obtained funding for education through a scholarship offered by the UK government.
You can still apply for a Chevening Award to study for a second master’s degree in the UK even if you already have a master’s degree if you can persuade the committee that it would help you further your professional aspirations of promoting positive change in your native country.
Once submitted, applications are electronically checked for compliance with the eligibility standards. Applications that are deemed ineligible won’t be taken into account throughout the selection procedure. Please check the list of common errors here. Any of these errors on your application form will stop it from being approved. You cannot go back and make changes to your application once it has been filed, so please be acquainted of this.
*Parents, siblings, step-siblings, children, step-children, spouses, civil partners, and unmarried partners (where the pair has been in a relationship similar to marriage or a civil partnership for at least two years) are all considered to be relatives.
Visit the relevant Fellowship program pages to learn if you qualify for a Chevening Fellowship. Before completing your Chevening application, make sure you satisfy the minimum work experience criteria for the award. Chevening Scholarship applicants must have at least two years of work experience. If you don’t already have the required amount of work experience, you won’t be able to submit your application.
Eligible types of work experience
Work experience of the following kinds is acceptable for Chevening:
- Full-time employment
- Part-time employment
- Voluntary work
- Paid or unpaid internships
Work experience can be acquired before, during, or after you complete your undergraduate education, but any required job that was used to fulfill the requirements for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree is ineligible.
The need for work experience need not be fulfilled in a single job period. Candidates may submit a maximum of fifteen distinct job periods to satisfy the criteria. If you have had more than fifteen roles, please include the periods that account for the most hours spent.
You don’t need to quit your job if you are still working to apply to Chevening. It is recommended that you speak with your employer about your application, and you must make sure they will release you if you are chosen for a Chevening Scholarship. You can direct them to their website’s employers page. The Chevening Secretariat and the British embassy/high commission are unable to become involved in this.
How to Calculate Your Work Experience
Your entries will be calculated by multiplying the number of weeks worked by the number of hours worked each week. A working week is defined as 35 to 60 hours, while a working year is defined as 40 to 50 weeks. Anything that exceeds what is considered to be full-time employment is not included. Before applying for a Chevening Scholarship, a candidate must have finished the following hours:
- 2,800 hours are equal to two years of work experience for Chevening Scholarships.
If you have worked part-time, the minimum prerequisite will have been stashed over a longer period. Read the organization’s work experience blog post for further information about this. Learn more about Chevening’s eligibility and work experience conditions to evaluate your eligibility, and find out more about what a Chevening Award covers.
Interview Date, and Process for Chevening Scholarships
The selection of Chevening Scholars takes a minimum of eight months, starting with the submission deadline and ending with the moment when candidates are conditionally selected for a scholarship. So that you are constantly aware of what is happening, below is a summary of the application and selection process.
12 SEPTEMBER 2023: APPLICATIONS OPEN AT 12:00 BST
7 NOVEMBER 2023: APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT 12:00 GMT
The deadline for applications is 7 November 2023 at 12:00 GMT (midday UK time)
FROM 8 NOVEMBER 2023: APPLICATIONS ARE FILTERED AGAINST ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS.
MID-NOVEMBER TO DECEMBER 2023: READING COMMITTEE ASSESSMENTS
Unbiased reading committees assess all eligible applications. The UK’s high commissioners or embassies abroad are then notified of the outcomes and rankings.
EARLY TO MID-FEBRUARY 2024: CANDIDATES SHORTLISTED FOR INTERVIEWS
After analyzing the applications submitted, the embassy or high commission compiles a shortlist of individuals they will contact for interviews. Then notifications will come.
Congratulations if you make it this far. To qualify for your interview, please read the interview guidance.
FEBRUARY 2024: REFERENCES AND EDUCATION DOCUMENTS DEADLINE
Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit two references and their education documents before their interview date. Read about what is required from your references.
26 FEBRUARY TO 26 APRIL 2024: INTERVIEWS TAKE PLACE
Panels at British embassies and high commissioners conduct in-person interviews with candidates from all around the world.
FROM JUNE 2024: RESULTS
When interview results are made public starting in June, successful candidates will be ecstatic after months of preparation and anxiety.
11 JULY 2024: OFFER DEADLINE
The deadline for receiving and submitting at least one unconditional offer from a UK institution is July 11, 2024, at 17:00 BST (UK time).
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2024: STUDIES BEGIN IN THE UK
The 2024–2025 Chevening Scholars start their studies in the UK and join a global network that will last for the rest of their life!
Application Procedure for Chevening Scholarships
The Submission Deadline is: November 7, 2023
Not interested in this particular scholarship? See other UK scholarships here.