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 and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world. Since 1983, Chevening has brought over 50,000 exceptional professionals from around the world to study in the UK through scholarships and fellowships funded by the UK government. This unique opportunity has helped to elevate careers, transform communities, shift and deepen perspectives, and build intercontinental bridges.
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds and a strong vision for the future. The scholarship offers full financial support to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst also giving access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.
Bring your ideas to life in the UK
‘Chevening doesn’t just open doors, it opens your mind,’ Louise Thomson, Chevening’s Head of Programme Management, said, whilst highlighting that Chevening puts applicants in control, as they are free to choose from over 12,000 master’s courses at over 150 different higher education institutions.
Chevening also organises an exclusive programme of events and activities, enabling scholars to experience the UK’s heritage and history, discuss international policy, and interact with thought leaders at a range of academic, cultural, and social events.
‘Those who get the most out of the experience are those put the most into it,’ she added. ‘You will learn so much simply by interacting with people from all over the world, travelling around the UK in your spare time, and getting involved in the communities you live in.’
‘With so much to learn and achieve, a year goes by faster than you can imagine,’ Ms Thomson added. ‘Our hope is that you will leave the UK inspired, motivated, and better equipped to bring your own ideas to life.’
Connecting the brightest minds
Chevening Scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations. Ben Coates, Head of Scholarships at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, explained that the UK is very much open to international students from all over the world.
‘Chevening represents the very best of the UK, welcoming exceptional people from across the world to study, grow and thrive at some of the world’s best universities,’ he said.
He explained that universities are where ideas are born, tested, and developed: ‘Our universities promote the creation and exchange of information and ideas, as well as the building of knowledge and networks.’
Chevening Scholars spend a year immersed in a stimulating environment and emerge stronger academically, professionally, and personally. They also leave the UK better connected with the world they live in, and the local and global challenges that the international community must confront.
Explore UK life and culture
- ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: The UK has internationally-acclaimed creative industries that have consistently generated global talents. Whether you’re into music, film, theatre, or fashion, you’re sure to get your fix amongst the many music festivals, film premieres, major theatre shows, exhibitions, and museums in this arts and culture haven.
- CUISINE: Although there's nothing quite like fish and chips by the sea, or a warm cottage pie on a winter’s night, the UK has moved beyond its traditional staples to embrace new cuisines. New takes on old favourites are making it a first choice for foodies. Don’t worry though, there are still plenty of classic pubs if you’re craving a hearty Full English!
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS: Studying in the UK allows you to immerse yourself in the English language for a sustained period of time. You’ll master the global language of commerce, science, and technology. Knowing multiple languages is highly valuable since countries are becoming increasingly interconnected and companies now serve a global market.
- DIVERSITY: The UK is one of the most diverse countries in the world, and has a long history of welcoming visitors, especially students, from around the globe. Living in the UK exposes you to a variety of cultures, opinions, and experiences. You’ll leave with friends from places that you didn’t even know existed!
- FRIENDLY PEOPLE: Forget the stereotypes that British people have a ‘dry’ sense of humour and only talk about the weather. Scratch the surface and you’ll find kind strangers everywhere you look. Whether it’s a helpful local or a chatty barkeeper, Brits continue to welcome people of all nationalities, cultures, and faiths, as it has done throughout its history.
- GREAT OUTDOORS: Despite depictions of gloomy weather, the UK is actually abundant in natural beauty. From the Scottish Highlands to the Lake District, Snowdonia, and Isle of Wight, nature lovers will truly be in their element. The UK’s excellent transport network also makes it easy to get away for the weekend to rest and reconnect with nature.
- HISTORY AND HERITAGE: Packed with historic monuments, stately homes, castles, and cathedrals, there are countless well-preserved sites of historical interest in the UK. You might visit the house in which Shakespeare was born; discover one of Europe's most recognisable prehistoric monuments, or overlook the Scottish capital from Edinburgh Castle.
- LITERATURE: The UK is brimming with famous authors, from Shakespeare, to Austen, Dahl, Dickens, and Woolf, who were inspired by UK culture and the societies in which they lived. Study in the UK and you can visit the very places where these timeless works are set, experiencing the Britain of generations past (both real and fictitious).
- ONE-YEAR DEGREES: Master’s courses in the UK typically last for one year, which is shorter than many other countries. Master’s degrees are challenging but UK universities provide an environment for students to flourish, whilst developing their skills. It is no wonder that student satisfaction rates are almost at 90% for international students.
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Description of Ideal Candidate:
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 potential, 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.
To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:
- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory.
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended.
- 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.
- Have at least two years of work experience.
- Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 16 July 2022.
- Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 16 July 2022.
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 a scholarship.
- Are an employee, a former employee, or relative* of an employee (since July 2017) 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), or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
- Employees, former employees, or relatives* of an employee (since July 2017) of Chevening Partner organisations are eligible to apply, but cannot receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organisation from which they work, previously worked, or are affiliated with through relatives.
- Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a 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.
Deadline: November 02, 2021
Cost/funding for participants:
In adition to tuition fee and living cost, the Chevening covers a number of costs including flights, accommodation and others according to your country.