Chevening is 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.
All Chevening applicants must submit their education documents, references, and one unconditional UK university offer.
There are many benefits to being selected, including fully funded tuition fees, access to some of the best quality education in the world, exclusive networking opportunities, and the chance to explore the UK’s diverse culture.
As Chevening Scholarships are fully-funded, your award 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.
To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:
1. Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory.
2. Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended.
3. 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. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK but may be different depending on your course and university choice.
4. Have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience. 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.
5. Must have applied to three different eligible (https://www.chevening.org/scholarships/guidance/courses/) 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:
1. 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).
2. 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.
3. You 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 (including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, all British Embassies/High Commissions, the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for International Trade and the UKVI), the British Council, a sponsoring UK university, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
4. 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.
5. Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship.
Also note that having a master’s degree does not prevent you from applying for a Chevening Award to study for a second master’s degree in the UK, as long as you can clearly explain why it will help you fulfil your career plan to influence positive change in your home country.
Once submitted, applications undergo an electronic sift against the eligibility criteria. Any applications deemed ineligible will be removed from the selection process.
Work Experience Requirements. You must ensure that you meet the minimum work-experience requirement for the scholarship before submitting your Chevening application.
You do not need to meet the work experience requirement in one period of employment. Applicants can submit up to fifteen different employments.
The types of work experience that are eligible for Chevening can include full-time employment, part-time employment, voluntary work, paid or unpaid internships.
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.
Working hours 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 would have been accumulated over a longer period.
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.
You are encouraged to apply if you meet the eligibility criteria and other requirements. Your gender, age (there is no upper age limit), sexual orientation, religion, marriage or parenthood status, class, or other attributes do not matter.
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. Apply today: https://chevening.smartsimpleuk.com/s_Login.jsp
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.
The deadline for applications is 2 November 2021 at 12:00 GMT (midday UK time)
The deadline to receive and submit at least one unconditional UK university offer is 17:00 BST (UK time) on 14 July 2022.
Applicants are advised against the use of agencies or third party services at a fee in the strongest possible terms. Use of a paid for service for Chevening applications is not permitted.
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