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.

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No, this is not a Chevening requirement and it is up to you to discuss it with your employer. You are personally responsible for ensuring that you will be able to accept the award offer when it's made and that your employer will release you in time for departure to the UK. The British Embassy/High Commission or the Chevening Secretariat cannot intervene in this.

No. You can't apply for a Chevening Award if you have previously received funding from another UK government scholarship programme.

No, Chevening Alumni are not eligible to apply for a further scholarship.

Yes, however you must wait five years after finishing your scholarship before you can apply for a fellowship. For example, a Chevening Alumnus who studied for a master's degree in the UK  between 2008 and 2009, will only be eligible to apply for a fellowship programme from 2014/2015.

Yes, you can. However, if you have already received financial benefit from the UK government, you cannot apply for a Chevening Award.

Yes, however we particularly welcome applications from those who haven't had the opportunity to study outside of their home country.

Academic qualifications

No. Chevening Awards are aimed at graduates who have experience working in their chosen career field. You must hold a degree at the time of application.

Yes, the requirement is that you have achieved a sufficiently high score at your undergraduate degree to satisfy the entry requirement of a UK master's degree or a Chevening Fellowship programme. Typically this will mean that you need an equivalent of a 2:1 Honours at undergraduate level but a number of universities and programmes will accept lower qualifications.

If you are unsure, you can contact your preferred universities for advice on degree equivalency.

Yes, the higher master's qualification is sufficient to be eligible for a Chevening Award. Please also check with your preferred universities to ensure you meet their entry requirements for your chosen courses.


If you have been invited to attend an interview, you must upload two references to your online application before attending. Further details on how to do this will be included in your interview invitation.

English language

You won't be permitted to take pre-sessional courses to fulfil the English language requirement. To meet our English language requirement you will be required to take one of the approved English language tests unless you meet one of the exempt categories.

Please visit the English language section for more information about the Chevening language requirement, accepted English language tests, exempt categories, and help to prepare for your test.


You will need to travel to the nearest test centre and cover all the costs associated, including travel and accommodation. Please refer to you country webpage for more information or contact your local British Embassy/High Commission.

Yes, you can take the test as many times as you need. You must then submit a test report that meets the minimum requirement as set by Chevening by 13 July 2017.

No. If your preferred universities don't accept TOEFL you will need to take an alternative test which meets their requirements.

Yes, you need to meet the minimum Chevening Language requirement in each case. For IELTS this is an overall band of 6.5 with no individual band less than 5.5.

Yes, you will need to meet the minimum requirement set by your preferred university where this is higher than the Chevening requirement. Failure to do so means that your application won't be considered by that university.

Yes. A waiver is only provided to applicants who are citizens of specific countries and for applicants that have undertaken their undergraduate course in a native English speaking country. For a full list visit the English language requirement page.

Yes, you will need to retake the test and meet the minimum criteria set by both the university and Chevening. The Chevening language requirement remains the same in 2017/2018, however you must confirm any changes that may have been made to the university’s language requirement for the course you applied for.

You will need to check this directly with the test centre and discuss any special arrangements that you might need as soon as possible.

Making an application

Yes, however you can only apply to the country programme where you have citizenship rights. If you reach the interview stage of the selection process, you will need to attend the interview in person in the country to which you have applied. Telephone or Skype interviews are not permitted. You will also be expected to return to that country at the end of your award and remain for at least two years.

No. Applications must be submitted online through the Chevening Online Application System. This system will be used throughout the Chevening selection process and you will be required to regularly log in to receive updates on your application. We recommend you find alternative internet providers that are available locally.

The online application system is compatible with a number of internet browsers, please try alternatives to submit your application. We don't accept paper copies.

No, you can only submit one application. If both fellowships and scholarships are available in your country, you should refer to your country page for more information on the options and decide which one to apply to.

No, we accept transcripts in their original format. Your preferred university, however, may require a certified translation of your transcript documents when you apply to one of their courses.


Interviews will be conducted in the city where the British Embassy and High Commission has a representation. You will be required to attend the interview in the country from which you applied. If there is more than one representation in your country, you will be invited to the city that you have indicated in your application form.

Interview slots are available on a first-come-first served basis. We therefore suggest you book your interview as soon as possible. 

Applicants are expected to cover the full costs of attending the interview including travel and overnight accommodation (where necessary).

No. The interview will be competency-based.

You will need to take your passport or another form of ID. In your invitation to interview you will be told whether you have any missing references that you should also bring to your interview in addition to your passport.

Applicants that require special arrangements on the day of the interview must contact the British Embassy/High Commission in advance to discuss.

The interview panel will include representatives from the British Embassy/High Commission. 

The interview panel will ask a series of questions and your answers will be evaluated in accordance to a number of set criteria.  

The interview will be an opportunity to discuss some of the information you provided in the application form. The panel will ask questions that will enable you to fully explain your personal and professional aspirations and how Chevening can facilitate these goals for you. As part of your interview your course choices will also be discussed so you should be prepared to talk about them.

You will need to contact the Chevening Secretariat in this case, but please note that only in exceptional circumstances will an additional appointment be made available. Failure to attend the interview may result in your withdrawal from the competition. 

You will need to contact the Chevening Secretariat in this case, but please note that only in exceptional circumstances will an additional appointment be made available. Failure to attend the interview may result in your withdrawal from the competition.

No, you must attend in person. If you know that you will be unable to make the appointment, you must inform the Chevening Secretariat as soon as possible.

Applicants are required to attend face-to-face interviews in the country to which they applied and must be prepared to travel to the interview in the first instance.

Only in exceptional circumstances are Skype interviews permitted. This is usually where security restrictions prevent applicants from travelling to the country to which they applied or where there is no UK Embassy or High Commission present in the country. Such instances are considered on a case by case basis and a decision is made following consultation with the UK Embassy or High Commission.

No. Applicants are required to attend face-to-face interviews in the country to which they applied.

No. Applicants must apply to the three university courses as early as possible and upload any unconditional offers they receive to their online application form. The interview panel will consider favourably any applicant who already has received an unconditional offer from one or more of their preferred universities.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their interview by the end of May. Please do not contact your local British Embassy or High Commission, as updates on the status of your application cannot be provided ahead of this time.

Universities and courses - information relevant to scholarship applicants only

Chevening Scholarships aim to support individuals to achieve their professional aspirations. The course and field of study should relate to your current or future career goals.

No, however you are encouraged to apply for your chosen courses of study before or at the same time as applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Acceptance onto a course at a UK university is considered an asset by the Chevening selection committee at any stage of the selection process.

No, you can't make changes to the university course choices after submitting your application.

No. You can only choose a one-year course. The Secretariat will not support a two-year course in any form.

No. Chevening Scholarships cover full-time courses only.

No. Chevening Scholarships are available for taught master's degrees or selected short courses of professional development only.

No. Chevening Scholarships are available for taught master's degrees only.

No. Chevening Scholarships are available for study in the UK only. Short study visits outside the UK may sometimes be included as part of a course but please note that there are strict rules on this.

Yes, but only if this course is not offered at the university’s main campus.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the wide range of high quality courses offered at universities across all regions of the UK. Awards will only be offered for a course at a London-based campus if this exact course is not available at the main campus. 

No. Chevening Scholarships are available for study in the UK only. It is also not an option for you to start your studies in your home country through distance learning and then to come to the UK to complete the course later in the academic year.

Yes, you still need to identify three university courses, although you can enter the unconditional offer as the first of your three options.

No. You can only have the three choices listed on your application. Please research the choices you pick and the order of preference very carefully before committing to them as no changes will be permitted.

You can, but there are restrictions. The distance learning aspect of the course would have to be at the end of the course and the Chevening Scholarship will only provide allowances for up to 12 months that you are in the UK. You will not receive funds for the three months of distance learning. The scholarship will also not cover any additional tuition fee that might be requested by the university.

No. You must contact the universities directly. It is your responsibility to ensure you receive an unconditional offer by the deadline.

Yes, you must accept the offer made by the university to secure a place on the course. However, you must not discuss the financial aspects related to the course. If awarded a scholarship, the Chevening Secretariat will confirm the financial arrangements directly with the university.

If you cannot find a particular university and/or course in the database, please contact the Chevening Secretariat providing the URL to the course you are interested in and we will advise you on whether it can be included. For courses to be eligible for inclusion on the database they must be up to 12 months long and lead to a master's qualification. We are only able to update the course database up until 48 hours prior to the application deadline.

You are expected to attend the university and course of study that was listed as your first choice for the 2015/2016 programme. You must contact the university as soon as possible to confirm the offer is still valid for 2016/2017. You must also confirm any changes that may have been made to the course or to the admission criteria in the interim period and ensure that you have satisfied the criteria set.

If the Change password page has come up, you will need to add a new password. When logging in, you should be taken to the review status page. If this is not the case, you should click on Application Centre on the top right hand side of the web page and select Review status.

You will need click on the Forgotten your password link. This will send an email to the email address that you used to submit your application. Please check your junk/spam mail to ensure that the email has not been sent there.