Chevening Scholarships Program, by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), is one of the most valued and respected academic opportunities around the globe. This program is funded by the British FCO and its partnered organizations and supports a great number of students from around 160 countries globally to complete a Master’s degree in the United Kingdom. For the academic year 2021/22, Chevening is going to support around 1800 to 2000 students globally.
The Chevening Scholarships Program has supported more than 55,000 students since its establishment in 1983. Some of its alumni have gone to become heads of states, members of parliaments, and well-renowned artists, writers, and film directors. It supports those students who are planning to do a study-based one academic year of Master’s degree in any field. The study period of the field has to be 9 to 12 months long. Shorter or longer study periods are not eligible for the grant.
Mainly, the applications for the program open during the month of August to November of each year. However; the applications for the academic year 2021/22 will begin on September 3rd, 2020, and will end on November 3rd, 2020. This year the application procedure has become shortened due to the Pandemic COVID19. But the rest of the procedures for the Chevening Scholarships will take place as usual.
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Chevening Scholarships Program in Short
- Study at: United Kingdom
- Application Opens: August each year (September 3rd in 2020)
- Application Closes: November each year (November 3rd in 2020)
- Shortlist & Notification: February of next year from when the application is submitted
- Interview: March to May of next year from when the application is submitted
- Final Result: June of next year from when the application is submitted
- University Admission & English Proficiency Document: July of next year from when the application is submitted
- Study Begins: September & October of next year from when the application is submitted
- Level of Study: Master’s Degree
- Study Field: All the fields that suit the Chevening eligibility list
- Who can apply: Students from the Chevening eligible countries list (160 countries worldwide)
- Scholarship Type: Fully Funded (scholarship type A)
- Universities: All universities across the UK
The whole Chevening Scholarships Program procedure takes 8 to 10 months. From the day the online portal for applications open until the final results (8 to 10 months), you need to regularly check the status of your application. As you will be notified about the documents’ requirements such as the reference letters, documents of language proficiency, university admission, and etc. through your online portal account.
It is to be noted that Chevening does not take the responsibility of passing your application to the universities. Once you pass the interview step and get the scholarship, you yourself need to apply for universities and fields of your choice you had earlier listed in your application and receive an unconditional offer from at least one of those universities. The final list of Chevening Scholarships is announced in June each year and you will need to confirm your admission in at least one of the universities of your choice until the 16th of July each year. So, you will have the time to apply for the universities after you get the scholarship. This is because most of the universities in the UK will respond back to your application in 4 to 6 weeks.
Chevening Scholarships Eligibility Requirements
The first and foremost requirement of the grant is that you should hold single country citizenship and should be from one of the Chevening eligible countries. There are around 160 different countries and independent territories in the list of these eligible countries, so don’t worry much. However, if you are a citizen of countries such as the USA, France, and Germany you are not eligible to apply for the Chevening. The following are some of the other eligibility requirements that you need to take care of;
- Personal Traits & Qualities:
Chevening Scholarships is looking for comparatively challenging people for its grants. The recipients of these grants must possess leadership qualities, decision-making capabilities, and effective communication skills. Moreover; they must have a clear vision of their studies and their future. They should also have plans for their after study period and how would they implement and use their gained knowledge in their home country.
- Academic Qualifications:
Recipients of the Chevening Scholarships must have completed their Bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.1 UK GPA (equivalent to 60% to 70%). You also need to take a maximum of 2 academic reference letters from your university professors which will be required in the interview stage or uploaded to the online portal.
- Work Experience:
Chevening Scholarship recipients are required to must have completed at least two years (2700 work hours) of work experience. You can find more about the hour calculations on the Chevening website.
This work experience can be full-time, part-time, volunteer, or internship (paid & unpaid) employment. Your experience does not necessarily need to be in one place. You may have worked at several places. It is completely acceptable if your combined work experience completes at least two years. You must have documents that prove your work experience such as the employment letter. You may also need to upload professional reference letters from your employer to the online portal.
- English Language Proficiency Document:
Chevening Scholarships recipients must also have English Language Proficiency documents from one of the five acceptable providers who are Academic IELTS, Pearson PTE Academic, TOEFL iBT, C1 Advanced, and Trinity ISE II. Your score should be at least 6.5 in IELTS (5.5 in each of the skills) or 79 in TOEFL iBT (Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17). You do not need to have the language proficiency document at the time of application fulfillment. You will be required to submit this document after you pass the Interview stage (specifically; 16th of July of next year from when you fill-up the application.). You need to submit this document together with the admission you will receive from one of the universities.
Read more about the eligibility requirements, here.
Chevening Scholarships Procedure & Guidance
The online application procedure for the students applying for the academic year 2021/22 has changed a little bit. However; most of the process is the same as usual.
|Online Application||August 5th to November 8th Each Year September 3rd to November 3rd – 2020|
|Applicants Shortlist||Early to Mid-February Each Year|
|Reference Letter & Interview Notifications||Mid-February Each Year|
|Interview||March to May Each Year|
|Results||Early June Each Year|
|Admission Offer and Language Proficiency Document||July 16th Each Year|
|Study Begins||September & October Each Year|
Chevening Scholarships is a very competitive process. The number of grants is low compared to the number of eligible countries. Countries such as India and China only have 30 to 40 Chevening Scholarship recipients each year. Only 7 students received the Chevening Scholarships for the academic year 2019/20 from Afghanistan. So, in order to succeed and avail the grant, you need to be ready for every step. It is said that only 20% of those who fill the online applications are invited for the interview. Keeping that in mind, work hard for each and every step of this grant, as it is truly worth it.
Please read about the general guidance and terms and conditions that the applicants and scholarship recipients have to agree, here.
You can also check for the eligible courses, here.
For country specific grants and scholarships, please click here.
Do remember that besides getting the scholarship, you also need to receive an unconditional admission offer from a university of your choice in the UK. An unconditional admission offer means that you have completed all the requirements of the university and you are fully eligible to get an admission there.
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More about Chevening Scholarships
In the online application process, there are 4 questions asked from the applicants which they need to answer in the form of essays. The 4 Chevening Essays as they call it. The first essay checks your leadership traits. The second essay checks your network capabilities. The third essay asks about why you wish to study abroad. And the fourth essay inquires about your future plans and vision.
Chevening Scholarships Program covers almost everything for its scholarship recipients. The grant covers full tuition fee for one year. However; if you fail to pass the course within one academic year, you won’t be supported any further. The grant also covers a monthly stipend, two-way ticket, visa costs, and health. The program also covers all of the expenses incurred during your stay in the UK for the participation in the seminars and programs held by the FCO.
Participation in the seminars, gatherings, and programs held by the FCO is a must for all the recipients of the grant. Therefore; you must have a very strong reasonable excuse to skip those. Also, attendance is of the utmost importance. You may even face scholarship cancellation due to successive absences. Finally; you cannot be out of the UK for more than 20 days to 1 month for the whole duration of your scholarship. You must have solid reasons for that purpose, too.
Last but not the least, the Chevening Scholarship recipients must return back to their home country after the completion of their study period for at least 2 years. During these 2 years, they must put their knowledge and expertise into practice and bring about the change that they are supposed to. However; the Chevening Scholarships are also showing great flexibility for those who have research projects and need to travel to a third country after the completion of their study period.
Now that we are all clear about the Chevening Scholarships and you know almost every important detail about it, start preparing for the coming academic year applications.
Best of luck!