Chevening Scholarship 2022-2023 | Application Process ( Fully Funded )
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Chevening Scholarship 2022-2023:
Chevening Scholarship is the UK government’s international scholarships and fellowships programme.
Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations, they offer individuals who show potential to inspire, inform, and influence positive change the opportunity to study at a UK university to gain a UK educational qualification.
Chevening Scholars study subjects in almost any field, and go on to implement their ideas for positive change in a range of sectors. After completing their period of study in the UK, they return home and join our global network of over 50,000 alumni.
Chevening is more than just a year spent in the UK, it’s a community for life. Find out more about the benefits of Chevening.
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, they 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 maximising 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.
Chevening Scholarship | Chevening’s objectives:
The mission of the Chevening Scholarship programme is to support UK foreign policy priorities and achieve FCDO objectives by creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers.
Chevening grants awards to individuals with outstanding leadership and influencing skills from around the world, to enable them to experience a period of study in the UK. The programme supports awardees from more than 160 countries and territories with the main exceptions being the USA (whose citizens can apply for FCDO-funded Marshall Scholarships) and the majority of the European Union.
The Chevening Scholarship programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious and highly competitive international awards programme. Its success has led to an increased level of investment, with over 1,500 awards made most years.
Chevening Scholarship | Funding:
The Chevening Scholarship 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.
Chevening Scholarship | Eligibility:
Ineligible applications will be rejected, so it is important that you check that you meet our eligibility criteria before you start your application.
To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship 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 but may be different depending on your course and university choice.
- Have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience.
- Apply to three different eligible UK university coursesand have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 13 July 2023.
You are not eligible for a Chevening Scholarship 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 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.
- 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.
- Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship.
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 our eligibility criteria. Any applications deemed ineligible will be removed from the selection process. Please see the list of common errors here. If you make these errors in your application form, your application will be ineligible. Please note that once your application has been submitted, it is not possible to change it retrospectively.
|*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)|
Eligibility for Chevening Fellowships can be found by visiting the specific Fellowship programme pages.
Chevening Scholarship | Application timeline:
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. Here is an overview of the application and selection process, so you always know what's going on.
2 August 2022
Applications open at 12:00 BST
1 November 2022
Applications close at 12:00 GMT
The deadline for applications is 1 November 2022 at 12:00 GMT (midday UK time)
2 November 2022
Applications are sifted against eligibility criteria.
Mid-November to December 2022
Reading committee assessments
Independent reading committees assess all eligible applications. Their scores and rankings are then passed back to local British embassies/high commissions.
Early to mid-February 2023
Applicants shortlisted for interviews
Once the embassy/high commission has reviewed the applications that were passed on to them, they produce a shortlist of those who they will invite to interview. Notifications will then follow. Congratulations if you make it this far. To prepare for your interview,please read interview guidance.
February to late-April 2023
References and education documents deadline
Shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit two references and their education documents prior to their interview date. Read about what require from your references.
27 February to 28 April 2023
Interviews take place
Candidates from all over the world are interviewed by panels at British embassies and high commissions.
From June 2023
After months of preparation and trepidation, the strongest candidates will experience jubilation when interview results are announced from June onwards
13 July 2023
The deadline to receive and submit at least one unconditional UK university offer is 17:00 BST (UK time) on 13 July 2023.
Studies begin in the UK
2022/2023 Chevening Scholars commence their studies in the UK, and enter into an international network that they’ll be a part of for the rest of their lives!
Chevening Scholarship | Helpful information:
Preparation is key to giving yourself the best chance of being awarded a fully funded Chevening Scholarship to study in the UK. To help you, we’ve collated our best guidance and advice.
It will enable you to:
- Find the right courses
- Choose appropriate references
- Avoid common mistakes that other applicants make
You’ll also find terms and conditions. If your application is successful, you’ll need to agree to these before accepting your Chevening Scholarship.
Chevening Scholarship | Online application system:
All Chevening applications must be submitted through online application system (OAS). This system will be used throughout the application and selection process, and you may be asked to log back in at various points during the process to receive updates on your application status, or to submit documents.
We have collated tips and advice for you when using the online application system:
1) Where possible, use the Google Chrome web browser, as this is recommended for the best experience. We recommend using a laptop or PC, rather than a mobile or tablet.
2) When completing your application form, work in a full-sized window. This will make the application form easier to read in its intended format.
3) Don’t use your browser’s ‘back’ and ‘forward’ buttons. This will take you out of the system and you will lose all unsaved work. Navigate through the pages of the application form by using the menus on the form.
4) Remember your username and password. This saves time when you want to log back into the online application system.
5) Enter information accurately, especially your contact details. Please ensure that you enter a valid email address. If this changes after you have submitted, please ensure you update it in your application otherwise you may miss important updates about your application. If you provide a second email address, please ensure that it is valid and different from your first.
7) The application form may take some time to complete, so consider preparing your answers offline and then pasting them into the online form later – although do remember to delete the question to avoid duplication! This is particularly relevant if you’re using a public computer, in an internet café for example.
8) Application questions have word counts. In the application form, there is a set of questions you are required to answer. The minimum word count is 100 words per answer and a maximum of 500 words per answer, so please ensure you meet these requirements. Answers that are less than 100 words will not be considered.
9) Save as you go! There is no automatic save function on the system and each session will close after 60 minutes, even if you are still actively editing the form. Any unsaved entries will be lost, so you are strongly encouraged to save regularly to avoid losing your work.
10) You do not have to complete the form in one session. Use the ‘Logout’ button (top right corner of the page) and keep a note of your username and password so that you can come back and finish off your application later. You will also be able to access your application via a link you will receive in an email.
11) Do not plagiarise. If content from other sources is used to answer the application questions, it will be considered as plagiarised and your application will not be passed on to the reading committee, the independent body that undertakes the first review of all eligible applications received. You should, therefore, check your answers thoroughly, ensuring they are original and not copied from other sources.
12) Applications must be submitted in English. Any application not submitted in English is ineligible.
13) Check the size and format of the files you intend to upload and ensure they meet the requirement. The online system will only accept JPG/PNG/PDF documents of no larger than 5MB. Please ensure that the length of file names do not exceed 50 characters.
14) Only submit your application once you’re completely satisfied with it. When you are satisfied with your application, click the ‘Submit’ button. Please note that once you have done this, you cannot modify your application except for the contact details section, and to upload documentation. We do anticipate a high volume of applications, so please give yourself enough time to submit the strongest application possible.
15) Remember, you can only submit one application and we will only accept your first application. In order to withdraw from the process, you will be asked to provide a reason for doing so before the withdrawal is final. If you choose to withdraw your application you will not be able to start another application until applications open again next year.
Chevening Scholarship | FAQs:
- I don’t have access to a Visa Application Centre, what do I do?
In the event that there is not a Visa Application Centre in your home country, or it is closed, Chevening may be able to help cover the cost of travel to another country to secure a visa.
A visa travel costs reimbursement will only be assessed and completed once the scholar has arrived in the UK and may take up to 2 months to complete. Please inform your PO if you have had to travel to another country to secure a visa, and this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- I have been notified that a course I applied for will not be running this year. Can I apply to another course instead?
In the unfortunate situation that one of your courses of choice is discontinued, we would recommend that you apply for an alternative course. You can take a look at course finderto find another Chevening-eligible option. However, you cannot make changes to your course choices in the online application system after you have submitted your application.
You should keep a record of the discontinuation of your course choice, and if you wish to change your university or course choices, you must inform your interviewers of this during your interview. Your interviewers must authorise any university or course changes.
You must then receive an unconditional offer from one of the three authorised courses by the deadline.
- What education documents do I need to upload as part of my Chevening application?
Applicants can upload either their degree certificate or degree transcript, as long as it is an official document from your university that proves your degree and grade. We require the original documents which do not need to be translated into English.
- I am coming with my family. Will Chevening pay for my dependents quarantine?
Chevening will only pay for the scholars quarantine costs. It is possible to book quarantine packages for dependents via our travel company Diversity travel when a scholars is booked but it is the scholars responsibility to organise and pay for this.
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