The deadline for applications is 2 November 2021 at 12:00 GMT (midday UK time)
Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarship?
Applications for fully funded Chevening Scholarships to study for one-year master’s degrees at UK universities are now open.
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.
Learn more about Chevening’s eligibility and work experience requirements to assess your own eligibility.
Online application system
All Chevening applications must be submitted through our online application system (OAS). This system will be used throughout the application and selection process, and you may be asked to log back in at various points during the process to receive updates on your application status, or to submit documents.
We have collated tips and advice for you when using the online application system:
1) Where possible, use the Google Chrome web browser, as this is recommended for the best experience. We recommend using a laptop or PC, rather than a mobile or tablet.
2) When completing your application form, work in a full-sized window. This will make the application form easier to read in its intended format.
3) Don’t use your browser’s ‘back’ and ‘forward’ buttons. This will take you out of the system and you will lose all unsaved work. Navigate through the pages of the application form by using the menus on the form.
4) Remember your username and password. This saves time when you want to log back into the online application system.
5) Enter information accurately, especially your contact details. Please ensure that you enter a valid email address. If this changes after you have submitted, please ensure you update it in your application otherwise you may miss important updates about your application. If you provide a second email address, please ensure that it is valid and different from your first.
7) The application form may take some time to complete, so consider preparing your answers offline and then pasting them into the online form later – although do remember to delete the question to avoid duplication! This is particularly relevant if you’re using a public computer, in an internet café for example.
8) Application questions have word counts. In the application form, there is a set of questions you are required to answer. The minimum word count is 100 words per answer and a maximum of 500 words per answer, so please ensure you meet these requirements. Answers that are less than 100 words will not be considered.
9) Save as you go! There is no automatic save function on the system and each session will close after 60 minutes, even if you are still actively editing the form. Any unsaved entries will be lost, so you are strongly encouraged to save regularly to avoid losing your work.
10) You do not have to complete the form in one session. Use the ‘Logout’ button (top right corner of the page) and keep a note of your username and password so that you can come back and finish off your application later. You will also be able to access your application via a link you will receive in an email.
11) Do not plagiarise. If content from other sources is used to answer the application questions, it will be considered as plagiarised and your application will not be passed on to the reading committee, the independent body that undertakes the first review of all eligible applications received. You should, therefore, check your answers thoroughly, ensuring they are original and not copied from other sources.
12) Applications must be submitted in English. Any application not submitted in English is ineligible.
13) Check the size and format of the files you intend to upload and ensure they meet the requirement. The online system will only accept JPG/PNG/PDF documents of no larger than 5MB. Please ensure that the length of file names do not exceed 50 characters.
14) Only submit your application once you’re completely satisfied with it. When you are satisfied with your application, click the ‘Submit’ button. Please note that once you have done this, you cannot modify your application except for the contact details section, and to upload documentation. We do anticipate a high volume of applications, so please give yourself enough time to submit the strongest application possible.
15) Remember, you can only submit one application and we will only accept your first application. In order to withdraw from the process, you will be asked to provide a reason for doing so before the withdrawal is final. If you choose to withdraw your application you will not be able to start another application until applications open again next year.
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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 fifteen different employment periods in order to meet the requirement. If you have held more than fifteen 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 work experience blog post for more information about this.
Can I apply for the Graduate route visa and stay in the UK at the end of my course?
No, Chevening Scholars cannot apply for a Graduate route visa. When you accept a Chevening Award, you agree to return home for two years at the end of your scholarship.
Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK. Whilst there is no ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, we are looking for the kind of people who have the passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future.
Because these scholarships are fully-funded (flights, accommodation, and course fees are all included), you are free to focus on achieving your professional goals and maximising the experience of a lifetime. You will live and study in the UK for a year, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK. On completing your studies, you will leave the UK equipped with the knowledge and networks necessary to bring your own ideas to life.
When should I submit references in support of my application?
You are asked to supply the contact details of two referees when you submit your application. If your application is progressed, you must ensure you have uploaded two references to the online application system prior to your interview. Read about what we require from your references. Please note, fellows who are shortlisted for programmes following […]
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I will need to take PCR tests in order to travel to the UK – will I be reimbursed for these?
All scholars entering the UK from countries on the green or amber list will receive £120 as contribution to the PCR tests required for travel to and after arrival in the UK. You will receive this contribution once you have commenced your studies in the UK. This contribution is in addition to your arrival allowance. […]
My country is on the UK red list for travel. Will Chevening pay for my quarantine costs?
All scholars entering the UK from a red list country will have the option to book the quarantine package through Diversity Travel after you have booked your incoming flight. Chevening will pay for quarantine packages booked through Diversity Travel. Diversity Travel will advise if you need to quarantine. However, it is also your responsibility to […]
Will I need to quarantine on arrival in the UK?
You can find out if you will need to quarantine, and more information about how to do that at the following links: Information about quarantine for those travelling to Northern Ireland Information about quarantine for those travelling to Scotland Information about quarantine for those travelling to Wales Information about quarantine for those travelling to England
What will happen if there is a local outbreak of COVID-19 at my university?
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Will I have access to health care while I’m in the UK?
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Will I still receive a stipend to cover my living costs if I start my programme online while living in my home country?
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What support for wellbeing is available from the Secretariat?
If you need wellbeing support, you should contact your university’s student support services as they have staff available to help you locally and a large number of welfare services. Your Programme Officer or the Chevening welfare and immigration team is available to you Monday – Friday during office hours (09:00-17:00 BST) by email or telephone […]
The IELTS centre is closed in my country, what should I do?
Chevening does not have an English language requirement. However, you are still required to meet all requirements from your chosen university. UK universities recognise it may be difficult for students starting in 2021 to take certain English language tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this, many have expanded their list of acceptable […]
How can I tell if my application has been successfully submitted?
Please login to the online application system to see if your application has been submitted. Applications in ‘Submitted/Under Review’ have been successfully submitted. Applications in ‘In progress’ have not been submitted.
Can Chevening provide contact details for university applications?
Chevening cannot provide universities with contact details or a confirmation of funding until an applicant has been awarded a Scholarship. There is a timeline of process for the Chevening Award. Scholarships are not awarded until June 2021. Should the universities request fees or contact details, it is recommended that applicants negotiate with them, explaining that […]
What happened to Chevening’s English language requirement?
The Chevening English language requirement was removed in 2020. Candidates will still need to meet all requirements from their chosen university and secure an unconditional offer from one of their three course choices by the deadline.
Why am I not receiving emails from Chevening?
Some internet email providers automatically direct emails from Chevening to your spam/ junk mail folders. To ensure that you receive emails from us, please put our email address on your ‘allow list’. Our email address is email@example.com. If you have subscribed to the Alphagram newsletter and are not receiving these, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your allow […]
Can I apply for a Chevening Scholarship using a deferred university offer?
Yes, you can apply to Chevening using a deferred university offer, as the university offer is for a Chevening eligible course. You will still need to identify three university courses in your Chevening application, and you must receive an unconditional offer from one of these courses by the deadline.
I applied last year but can’t log in to the Chevening online application system. What happened?
You will need to register again as a new user. Our online application system dos not retain account information from previous years.
I’ve failed the eligibility questionnaire but believe I’m eligible to apply for Chevening. What can I do?
You have three attempts to complete the eligibility questionnaire. If you are unsuccessful after your third attempt, we recommend you apply again next year.
Who should my references be addressed to?
Your references should be addressed to your local British embassy or high commission.
Do my reference letters need to have handwritten signatures?
Reference letters do not need to have handwritten signatures, but the British embassy or high commission may contact your referees for verification.