About Chevening Scholarships
So you want to continue your studies further, and you want to pursue your master’s degree. Awesome, ever a great idea, so why not choose a European country, why not the UK, awesome country, only one year, and even on a fully-funded scholarship, yes you read it right… Fully funded scholarships.
UK Government is offering Chevening scholarships for students from around the globe, all country’s citizens are eligible to apply for this awesome scholarship. And choose from more than 150 universities from around the UK. Study a one-year master’s degree in the UK and earn a globally recognized degree.
In this blog post we will help you out with step-by-step Chevening Scholarships application, requirement, and anything needed.
Gain a world-class education, experience the UK’s diverse and welcoming culture, and become part of the lifelong Chevening community. A Chevening Scholarship offers full financial support by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and partner organizations.
Who can apply?
Chevening enables outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK.
There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, but those who are successful tend to have ambition, leadership qualities, and a strong academic background.
We encourage you to apply if you meet our eligibility criteria and other requirements. Your gender, age (there is no upper age limit), sexual orientation, religion, marriage or parenthood status, caste, class, or other attributes do not matter to us. What matters is your ability to submit a strong 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 – and maybe even that of your sector or your country.
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. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honors degree in the UK but may be different depending on your course and university choice.
- 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 15 July 2021.
- 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. Applicants who are citizens of a Chevening-eligible country and who hold refugee status in a Chevening-eligible country are eligible for a scholarship.
- Are an employee, a former employee, or relative* of an employee (since July 2017) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British embassies/high commissions; the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; Department for International Trade; the Ministry of Defense; and the Home Office), or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
- Employees, former employees, or relatives* of an employee (since July 2017) of Chevening Partner organizations are eligible to apply, but cannot receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organization from which they work, previously worked, or are affiliated with through relatives.
- Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship.
Once submitted, applications undergo an electronic sift against our 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.
You must ensure that you meet the minimum work-experience requirement for the scholarship before submitting your Chevening application. Chevening Scholarships require that applicants have at least two years of work experience.
If you do not already have the required level of work experience, you will be unable to submit your application.
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
Work experience can be completed before, during, or after graduating from your undergraduate studies, however, any mandatory employment that counted towards your undergraduate or postgraduate course would not be eligible.
You do not need to meet the work experience requirement in one period of employment. Applicants can submit up to ten different employment periods in order to meet the requirement. If you have held more than ten positions then please enter the periods which make up the greatest number of hours worked.
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. You can refer them to the employers page on our website. The British embassy/high commission or the Chevening Secretariat cannot intervene in this.
How to calculate your work experience:
Your entries will be calculated automatically by multiplying the number of weeks worked by the number of hours worked per week. For this calculation, a working week comprises 35-60 hours and a working year comprises 40-50 weeks. Anything that exceeds the upper limit for full-time employment will be deemed ineligible.
The minimum number of hours an applicant must have before applying for a Chevening Scholarship is as follows:
- Chevening Scholarships – two years’ work experience = 2,800 hours
If you have worked part-time, the minimum requirement will have been accumulated over a longer period.
Read our blog post for more information about work experience.
We’re looking for people who can clearly articulate why they want to create positive change in their home country, and how they plan on doing it.
1. Research the course you want to study.
How will the course content bring you closer to achieving your career goals? Hear from 2019 Chevening Scholar Dian Safitri for some inspiration. She tells us how she intends to use the knowledge she’s gained on her Public Policy course at the London School of Economics to bring her closer to creating positive change in Indonesia.
2. Think about how your Chevening experience could help you to achieve your long-term career goals.
Hear from 2020 Chevening Scholar Fabricio Bonecini de Almeida about how he hopes to leverage the Chevening network to help him create positive change in Brazil.
3. Provide examples of your leadership skills.
Cheveners from around the world have shown us that effective leadership comes in many forms, as part of our current #BeALeader campaign. Check out the campaign on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram or get involved today! Simply write down what attributes you think a good leader has, take a photo, and share it on your social media. Don’t forget to tag us as we’ll share our favorites!
Find a course
Browse the smart course finder at Chevening official website and select the best course that fits you. Selecting the right courses at the right universities is one of the most important aspects of your application. Use this course finder tool to search for eligible master’s degree programs at every university across the UK.
Your Chevening application must list three courses, and they must be courses that are eligible for a Chevening Scholarship.
You will need to apply separately for your course via the university that runs the course. Your Chevening application does not constitute an application to your chosen courses.
The process of selecting Chevening Scholars takes a minimum of eight months from the application deadline to when applicants are conditionally selected for an award. Here is an overview of the application and selection process, so you always know what’s going on.
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