Chevening Scholarships

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Chevening 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 maximizing 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.

This section of the website contains all of the information you need in order to successfully submit an application. We encourage you to review it fully in order to ensure that you have the best possible chance of being selected for an award.

Application opening date and deadline

There’s no confirmation on Chevening’s website yet, but applications for the 2023-24 Chevening Scholarship are expected to open in July 2022, based on the previous year’s application timeline.

Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarship?

Chevening enables outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK.

Applications for fully funded Chevening Scholarships to study for one-year master’s degrees at UK universities are now closed.

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Work experience

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.

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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.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Chevening Scholarship and Fellowship, applicants must demonstrate or fulfil the following conditions:

  • Be a citizen of one of the Chevening-eligible countries or territories.
  • Have accumulated at least two years’ worth (the equivalent of 2,800 hours) of work experience.
  • Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain entry into a postgraduate programme in a UK university by the time the applicant submits their application. Typical entry requirements into most master’s programmes in the UK requires the applicant to obtain the equivalent of a 2:1 (upper second-class) honours degree in the UK. However, this may differ based on the applicant’s course and university choice.
  • Applicants must return to their country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after their award has ended.
  • The applicant must apply to three eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of the course choices by July 14, 2022.

Benefits of Chevening Scholarships

The Chevening Programme includes a tailored engagement programme creating opportunities for scholars to network with each other as well as alumni, the FCDO, high profile speakers and partner organisations. 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.
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Find out more information about the Chevening Scholarship here.

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