Chevening Scholarship in 2019 for the 2020/2021 academic session. This post gives detailed information about everything you need to know for the Chevening Scholarship starting 2019 for study from 2020 through 2021.
Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award –
- Chevening Scholarships
- Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.
Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders and influencers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.
What is Chevening?
Chevening is the UK government’s flagship international awards programme aimed at developing global leaders since 1983. It is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations.
Chevening provides two types of awards – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships. The recipients of both are selected by British embassies and high commissions worldwide based on the eligibility criteria of awards.
Each year, scholars from over 160 countries and territories arrive in the UK to complete a one year taught master’s degree in a wide range of subjects. Selected mid-career professional fellows arrive throughout the year to complete a variety of short courses or research placements.
Upon completion of their programmes, scholars and fellows return to their home countries where they often go on to become global leaders. You can read more about Chevening’s impact in our Impact Report.
To view more information about why you should apply to study in the UK, click here.
Chevening Scholarship Eligibility
- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
- Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
- Have at least two years’ work experience (this may be up to five years for fellowship programmes, so please refer to your country page for further details)
- Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 11 July 2019
- Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 11 July 2019
You are not eligible for a Chevening Award 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 an award.
- Are an employee, a former employee, or relative of an employee (since July 2016) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for International Trade, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office), the British Council, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Employees, former employees, or relatives of an employee (since July 2016) of Chevening Partner organisations are eligible to apply, but cannot receive a Chevening/Partner Award from the organisation for which they work, previously worked, or are affiliated with through relatives.
- (Note: Immediate relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or step-siblings, children or step-children, spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner (where the couple have been in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years)
- Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship. However, if you have previously studied under a UK Government-funded scholarship (including Chevening), you may be eligible to apply for a Chevening Fellowship five years after completion of your initial 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 note that once your application has been submitted, it is not possible to change it retrospectively.
Preparation for Chevening Application
1. Read our guidance pages on the website
Check that you meet the Chevening eligibility criteria and understand Chevening policies by reading our guidance pages. These cover advice on courses, English language criteria, and work experience requirements. If you have a query that is not answered in the guidance pages or FAQs, submit your question here.
2. Research your course choices
To apply for a Chevening Scholarship, you will need to choose three different eligible master’s courses, and select them on your application form. You will also need to apply to those courses at your chosen universities. It is very important that you pick courses that are best suited to your goals. Research the most relevant courses and institutions for your goals using the resources below:
3. Secure referees
You are required to enter the following information for two referees (one professional, one academic) in your application:
Name; job title; organisation; capacity in which known; email address
If you are subsequently invited to interview, you will be asked to provide references from your two referees within a short period of time. Identify two referees in good time and ensure that they will be happy to provide a comprehensive reference on your behalf. More details will be provided to you if you are invited to interview.
4. Connect on social media
Follow us on social media to keep up to date with what our scholars and alumni are up to, as well as helpful tips and Q&A sessions. Follow your local embassy or high commission for up-to-date information on the work that they are doing in your country.
5. Be aware of deadlines
The Chevening application window for 2020/2021 intake will run from 5 August to 5 November 2019. No late applications will be accepted, so make sure you give yourself enough time to submit your strongest application.
Attend a Local Chevening Event
Your closest British embassy or high commission may be holding an event to share information about Chevening, the application process, and studying in the UK. Examples of events held include:
- Presentations/visits to universities
- Attending Study UK and other higher education fairs
- Live Facebook Q&A sessions
- Radio interviews
- And much more!
The best way to keep up to date with your nearest British embassy or high commission is to follow them on social media, and keep an eye on their Chevening country/territory page which you can find by selecting your country/territory here.
Chevening Scholarship Application for 2019 begins 5th August, 2019.
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