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Chevening Scholarships Scholarships For Pakistani Students

Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations, 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.

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.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships and some Fellowships are open on 6 August for opportunities to study in the UK in 2019/2020.

Why UK?

World-class Universities

Wherever in the world you end up, if you have a degree from a UK university it will be recognized by employers, universities, and governments. As UK universities are associated with quality education, earning a degree from one of the UK's many highly-regarded universities will aid your career progression.

UK universities consistently rank highest in global university ranking as many have world-leading reputations for teaching and research. World-renowned experts in all different fields frequently visit UK universities to give talks and lectures. In fact, many of world’s best academics teach at UK universities, meaning that it is not rare to be taught by the academic who actually wrote the textbook from which you are studying! 

One-year Master's

Master’s courses in the UK typically last for one year, which is shorter than many other countries. This means that master’s degrees are challenging and intensive, but UK universities provide a stimulating and supportive environment for students to flourish, whilst developing soft skills in addition to academic skills. The teaching and studying methods enable students to pursue their own interests through giving students the autonomy to select specific modules. Combined with world-class teaching and facilities, it is no wonder that student satisfaction rates are almost at 90% for international students. 

World's Greatest Thinkers

Due to the critical and creative nature of higher education in the UK, it is no surprise that many of the world’s greatest thinkers and leaders have studied in the UK, including Mahatma Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, George Soros, and John F. Kennedy.  It is estimated that one in seven world leaders studied in the UK, and UK universities and research institutions have produced over 100 Nobel Prize winners.

Develop English Language Skills

Studying in the UK allows you to immerse yourself in the English language for a sustained period of time. You’ll speak, read, and write in English on a daily basis, enabling you to master the global language of commerce, science, and technology whilst in the UK.

Multiculturalism 

The UK is culturally one of the most diverse countries in the world, and this cultural diversity is also apparent in its higher education institutions.   

Britain is multi-cultural, multi-faith, and multi-lingual, and has a long and successful history of attracting and welcoming visitors, especially students, from all parts of the world. Living in the UK exposes you to a variety of cultures, opinions, and experiences that would be hard to find elsewhere. Because it’s so diverse, wherever you end up in the UK, it probably won’t be long before you find people who also come from your part of the world, or who have at least travelled to your part of the world! If you are open to meeting people from other cultures, you will leave the UK having met and made friends with people from places you didn’t even know existed!

All year round, and all over the UK, there are opportunities to immerse yourself in cultural celebrations like the Notting Hill Carnival (London), Lunar New Year celebrations (Liverpool), Diwali celebrations (Leicester), and Hogmanay (Edinburgh).

History and Heritage

Britain's history sits seamlessly alongside its present. Packed with historic monuments, stately homes, castles, and cathedrals, there are countless well-preserved sites of historical interest that you can visit whilst studying in the UK. You could visit the house in which Shakespeare was born, visit Stonehenge - one of Europe's most recognizable prehistoric monuments, walk in the Queen’s footsteps by visiting Buckingham Palace, come face to face with the Tower of London’s macabre history, or overlook the Scottish capital from Edinburgh Castle. 

Arts and Entertainment

The UK has internationally-acclaimed creative industries that have consistently generated global talents such as the Beatles, J.K. Rowling, Sean Connery, Vivienne Westwood, and Damien Hirst.

If you are into music, it is home to several world-class concert venues in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Glasgow. There are countless festivals throughout the summer months, including Glastonbury.

If you are into film, you may catch a glimpse of your favorite Hollywood stars on the red carpet as their film premieres at Leicester Square. You could tour film studios, and visit the set of the Harry Potter movies. There are several cultural and international film festivals too.

If you are into theatre, whilst there are no shortage of West End plays and musicals that you can see in London, there are theatres in towns and cities across the UK. You might want to visit Stratford-upon-Avon to visit the town where the greatest playwright of all time, William Shakespeare, was born. There is also the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

If you are into fashion, there’s London Fashion Week in September. There is also no shortage of exhibitions for art lovers, live shows for stand-up comedy aficionados, and clubs for those who like to dance the night away.  

Sporting Nation

The 2012 Olympic Games took place in London, establishing the UK as the sporting capital of the world. The UK is home to Premier League football, annually it hosts the London Marathon, an F1 Grand Prix, a tennis major at Wimbledon, a Diamond League athletics meeting, as well as high profile cycling, rugby, cricket, snooker, golf, and horse racing events. 

But the UK is more than just a good place to watch elite sport. For those who like participating in sport, access to facilities is affordable for students, and in many places free. UK universities have a strong sporting culture too with Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays traditionally being when sporting activities take place. Perhaps the most recognizable university sporting event is the annual boat race along the River Thames between Cambridge and Oxford.

Friendly People

The UK continues to welcome people of all nationalities, cultures, and faiths, as it has done throughout its history. Studying in the UK offers you the opportunity to meet British people, but also to meet people from all parts of the world.

International students from over 200 countries study in UK universities. 17% of all students and over 25% of academics and professors are from outside the UK. This means that the UK is used to accepting people from abroad, and that people from abroad feel comfortable living and studying in the UK.

Applications are Open:

Applications for 2019/2020 Chevening Scholarships are open between 12:00 BST on 6 August  and 12:00 GMT on 6 November Applications for some Chevening Fellowships are also now open.

Please read information on this page carefully prior to applying. 

Chevening Fellowship applications

Information specific to the fellowship that is the most appropriate to you according to your interest, can be found on the following link

Chevening Scholarship applications

Applications for Chevening Awards can only be submitted using the Chevening online applications system, available through the 'Apply' button on your country/territory's page. 

Prior to starting your application, please ensure you have the following ready:

Essential:

  • Valid passport or national ID card

  • University transcripts and degree certificates (undergraduate, postgraduate)

  • Three different UK Master's course choices

  • The names and details of two valid referees

Please note that if you are shortlisted for an award, you will be required to log into the online application system and request a reference from your referees. The request will generate an email to the referees and they will need to submit the reference by 25 February 2019.

Optional:

You can submit your initial application without these optional documents and upload them to your application at any point to 11 July 2019. Please note that if you are eventually conditionally selected for a Chevening Scholarship, it is essential that you provide evidence that you meet the Chevening English language requirements and that you have at least one unconditional offer from an eligible course by 11 July 2019 in order to remain in the process.

Guidance

It is recommended that you read the guidance pages to help you submit a strong and eligible application:

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:

  • 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 program 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 programs, 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.

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 organizations are eligible to apply, but cannot receive a Chevening/Partner Award from the organization 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

  • 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. 

English Language Criteria

In order to receive a Chevening Award, all applicants must demonstrate that they have fulfilled the Chevening English Language requirement by 11 July 2019. We advise all applicants to ensure they have fulfilled the English language requirement as early as possible by either:

  • Taking an English language test

  • Claiming an exemption based on the UKVI exempt categories

*NOTE: If you fail to demonstrate that you have met the required English language level by 11 July 2019 or fail to prove that you qualify for an exemption, your application will not be successful.

English Language Tests

You are free to take tests more than once in order to meet the Chevening English language requirement. Please note that Chevening does not pay for costs associated with English language testing. You are responsible for booking and paying for costs associated with these tests.

Chevening accepts English language tests from five providers:

  • Academic IELTS

  • Pearson PTE Academic

  • TOEFL iBT

  • C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English: Advanced [CAE])

  • Trinity ISE II (B2)

The English language test must have been taken from one of these providers on or after 1 October 2017. If you do not already have an existing eligible test certificate, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have booked a test date so that you can obtain the required results. 

Applicants are not permitted to take pre-sessional courses to fulfil the Chevening English language requirement. You will be required to take one of the approved English language tests unless you fall into one of the exempt categories.

Applicants are not permitted to enroll on pre-sessional courses to fulfil their university’s English language requirement or any other conditions of a university offer. Any offer from a university with a requirement to undertake a pre-sessional course will be considered conditional.

Chevening English language requirement: breakdown of scores

Academic IELTS

Overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of:

Listening

5.5

Reading

5.5

Speaking

5.5

Writing

5.5

Pearson PTE Academic

Overall score of 58 with a minimum score in each component of:    

 

Listening

42

Reading

42

Speaking

42

Writing

42

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 79 with a minimum score in each component of:

 

Listening

17

Reading

18

Speaking

20

Writing

17

C1 Advanced

Overall score of 176 with a minimum score in each component of:  

Listening

162

Reading

162

Speaking

162

Writing

162

Trinity ISE II (B2)

Overall pass and minimum pass in each skill across both modules:   

 

Listening

2

Reading

15

Speaking

8

Writing

14

In some countries, the availability of test centres is limited so we recommend you organise a test at the earliest opportunity. If there are no English language test centres in your country, you may be required to travel to a neighbouring country to take a test. Please see your country page for further guidance.

Please note that the turnaround time for English language tests varies:

  • IELTS results will be available in 13 days

  • PTE Academic results will be available in five business days

  • TOEFL results will be available in approximately ten days

  • C1 Advanced results will be available in two weeks for computer-based tests or seven to nine weeks for paper-based tests

  • Trinity results will be available in 21 days

English language test results are sometimes withheld or delayed due to standard auditing procedures carried out by the test provider. Please note that extensions to the 11 July deadline will not be granted in cases where results are withheld or delayed, and applicants should therefore ensure that they take their test well in advance of the deadline.

English Language Exemptions

Applicants who are nationals of one of the following countries are exempt from submitting an English language test for a Chevening Award.

  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Australia

  • The Bahamas

  • Barbados

  • Belize

  • Canada

  • Dominica

  • Grenada

  • Guyana

  • Ireland

  • Jamaica

  • New Zealand

  • St Kitts and Nevis

  • St Lucia

  • St Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • United States

  • British Overseas Territories

Applicants who have been awarded a bachelor’s degree or higher that was taught in full in a university located and accredited in one of the following countries are also exempt from submitting an English language test for a Chevening Scholarship*:

  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Australia

  • The Bahamas

  • Barbados

  • Belize

  • Canada

  • Dominica

  • Grenada

  • Guyana

  • Ireland

  • Jamaica

  • New Zealand

  • St Kitts and Nevis

  • St Lucia

  • St Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • United States

  • British Overseas Territories

*Note: The exemption from the Chevening English language requirement will not be granted for distance-learning courses or studying at the overseas campus of a university based in an exempt country. However, evidence of studying abroad in one of the exempt countries for at least one academic year as part of an accredited degree course will be granted the English language exemption.

English Language Requirements for UK Universities

As well as meeting the Chevening English language requirement, you may also have to meet certain English language criteria to be eligible for your university course. Universities may only accept a certain type of test or ask for higher minimum test scores. Be sure to check with your university what test they require you to take, even where you fall into one of Chevening’s exempt categories above.

English Language for Fellowships

Chevening Fellowships may have different English language requirements. You must refer to your country page for further details when applying.

Courses

Applicants will need to select three different master's courses. These can be three different courses at the same institution, or three similar courses across up to three different universities.

Choose your three courses carefully. You will not be able to change your course choices after submitting your application, unless you are granted permission to do so at the interview stage. You will need to apply separately to your selected courses directly via the university. To be awarded a scholarship, you must get an unconditional offer for one of your course choices by 11 July 2019.

We recommend selecting three similar courses at three different universities to increase the likelihood that you will gain entry into one of them.

Please note that the course titles do not have to match exactly, but all three courses should be similar in content. You should select courses that reflect your current or future career goals. 

In order to be eligible, the courses you choose must be:

  • Full-time

  • Start in the autumn term (usually September/October)

  • Taught master's (i.e. not research-focused MRes programmes)

  • Lead to a master’s degree qualification

  • Based in the UK

Courses cannot be:

  • Distance learning

  • Part-time

  • Less than nine months in duration

  • More than 12 months in duration 

  • PhD or DPhil are not permitted

  • Taught with more than one month of study outside the UK

Pre-Sessional Courses

Applicants are not permitted to enroll on pre-sessional courses to fulfil their university’s English language requirement or any other conditions of a university offer.

If you enroll on a pre-sessional course to remove a condition of your university offer, the Secretariat will learn of this via the university and your award will no longer be tenable for that course. Please note that this can happen at any stage of the process, meaning that there could be no time for you to switch to another of your course choices, even where you hold an unconditional offer. This would then result in your Chevening Award offer being withdrawn.

Some courses, typically in the fields of law, Mathematics and science, may include mandatory introductory elements that can be referred to by the university as ‘pre-sessional’ courses. If this applies to one of your chosen courses, please notify your Chevening program officer as soon as possible and they will advise you as to whether the course is permitted.

You should not enroll on optional pre-sessional courses prior to your official course start date, even if you are willing to pay for these courses yourself. A vital part of the Chevening journey is the pre-departure briefing given at the British embassy or high commission in your home country, which you would miss if you were already in the UK.

Please note that the Secretariat’s administrative processes cannot be sped up to enable you to come to the UK early (for example, the production of the final award letter cannot be expedited), and the Secretariat will not provide immigration advice for any period outside the official dates of your Chevening Award.

Unconditional offers

The Secretariat will need to see evidence of an unconditional offer from one of your three course choices in order to finalize your Chevening Award.

We can accept a conditional offer if the only outstanding condition is financial, i.e. the need to pay a deposit for the course. There can be no further caveats on the offer, including the need to send original documents, such as transcripts, to the university. You should ensure that you have met all of the university’s requirements well in advance of Chevening’s deadline so that you are in a position to send us evidence of your unconditional offer by this date.

You are not permitted to meet a university’s English language requirement by enrolling on, signing up for, or paying a fee for a pre-sessional English course.

References

References are an integral part of the selection process. References are required for both the fellowship and scholarship programmes. You must supply the names of two referees at the time of submitting your application.

If you are shortlisted for an award, you will be required to log into the Online Application System and request a reference from your referees. The request will generate an email to the referees and they will need to submit the reference by 25 February 2019. This is a different process from last year – please note you are no longer able to upload a reference on behalf of a referee. We will not accept references that are sent directly to the Chevening Secretariat or to your local British embassy/high commission.

Who can be a referee?

Please select your referees carefully; they should be people who can comment on your general suitability to receive a Chevening Award. Referees should be known to you, either in an academic or professional capacity. They should not be a relative or close personal friend.

References must be:

  • Written in English. Your application will not be considered for an award if your references are not written in English.

  • Uploaded to your application form in PDF format. The file must be no larger than 5MB.

When approaching your referees please direct them to the guidance section below on what they should include in their reference.

What should referees include in their reference?

References are an important part of the Chevening application process and they are considered alongside the application form at the latter stage of the selection process. They will be reviewed by the British Embassy/High Commission so it is important that you provide as much relevant detail as possible to support the applicant.

For referees

If you have been asked to provide a reference to support a Chevening application please read below for further details on what to include:

  • Your reference must be submitted as a response to the automated request from the system

  • It must be in English.

  • References that are not written in English will mean that the applicant will not be considered for a Chevening Award.

Your reference should cover the following:

1) How long have you known the applicant? 
2) In what capacity do you know the applicant? (e.g. professional, educational, supervisory, voluntary, religious) 
3) When you last had regular contact with the applicant
4) A brief overall endorsement of the applicant, including their:

  • Skills in leadership and networking

  • Personal, intellectual, and interpersonal qualities

  • Ability to complete a demanding academic programme in the UK

When to upload your references

There will be a short window during which you can submit a reference. This will be between the applicant being shortlisted (late January/early February) and 25 February 2019.

Applicants for Chevening Scholarships

When you apply for a Chevening Scholarship, you will be required to provide names and contact details for two referees. If you are shortlisted for an award, you will be required to log into the Online Application System and request a reference from your referees. The request will generate an email to the referees and they will need to submit the reference by 12:00 GMT (noon) on 25 February 2019. We recommend that you let your referees know before this time that they may be required to submit a reference for you, to ensure they can submit the reference quickly when it is requested. Any applicant without two references by the deadline will not be invited to interview.

Applicants for Chevening Fellowships

Applicants for any Chevening Fellowship must submit references at the time of application. If you do not have the option to upload your references before submitting your application, your two referees will be contacted by the Chevening Secretariat and each requested to submit a valid reference to the online application center.

Work experience

Applicants must ensure they meet the minimum work experience requirement for the award that they are applying to before submitting their Chevening application:

  • Chevening Scholarships – two years’ work experience

  • Chevening Fellowships – either five or seven years’ work experience depending on the fellowship. Please check your country page for eligibility details relating to the specific fellowship you are applying to.

If you do not already have the required level of work experience, you will be unable to submit your application.

Eligible types of work experience

Applicants must meet the minimum work experience requirement before they submit their application for a Chevening Award. The types of work experience that are eligible for Chevening can include:

  • Full-time employment

  • Part-time employment

  • Voluntary work

  • Paid or unpaid internships

  • Work experience can be completed before, during, or after graduating from your undergraduate studies.

  • Employment undertaken as part of your undergraduate or postgraduate course are not eligible.

You do not need to meet the work experience requirement in one period of employment nor do you have been working in your current role for the minimum requirement in order to be eligible to apply. Applicants can submit up to ten different employment periods in order to meet the requirement. If you have held more than ten positions then please enter the periods which make up the greatest number of hours worked.

If you are in current employment, it is not a requirement of Chevening that you resign from your position. You are advised to discuss your application with your employer and it is your responsibility to ensure that they will release you if you are selected for a Chevening Award. The British embassy/high commission or the Chevening Secretariat cannot intervene in this. Full time work experience is set to a maximum of 59 hours per week and to 50 weeks per year.

How to calculate your work experience

The minimum requirement for work experience is calculated by multiplying the number of hours worked by the average number of weeks worked per year. For Chevening Awards it is assumed that applicants in full-time employment work on average 40 weeks per year and 35 hours per week.  

The minimum number of hours an applicant must have before applying does vary depending on the Chevening Award to which you are applying:

  • Chevening Scholarships - two years’ work experience = 2,800 hours

  • Chevening Fellowships - five years’ work experience = 7,200 hours

  • Chevening Fellowships - seven years’ work experience = 9,800 hours

  • If you have worked part-time, the minimum requirement will have been accumulated over a longer period.

Work experience scenarios

To help you calculate your work experience we have provided below some examples of how to calculate your employment hours.

 

Scenario 1

Scenario

Full time employment working 35 hours per week and 40 weeks per year for 2 calendar years

Calculation

35 hours x 40 weeks x 2 years = 2,800

Outcome

An applicant in this scenario would be eligible for a scholarship

 

 

Scenario 2

Scenario

Full time employment working 42 hours per week for 45 weeks per year for 18 months

Calculation

42 hours x 45 weeks x 1.5 years = 2,835

Outcome

An applicant in this scenario would be eligible for a scholarship

 

 

Scenario 3

Scenario

Part time employment working  18 hours per week for 48 weeks per year for 9 calendar years

Calculation

18 hours  x 48 weeks x 9 years = 7,776

Outcome

An applicant in this scenario would be eligible for a scholarship and fellowship 

 

 

Scenario 4

Scenario

Part time internship working 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for 3 calendar years

Calculation

10 hours x 50 weeks x 3 years = 1,500

Outcome

An applicant in this scenario fails to meet the eligibility criteria for either a scholarship or fellowship

 

 

Scenario 5

Scenario

Part time voluntary employment working 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for 3 calendar years 

Calculation

10 hours x 35 weeks x 3 years = 1,050

Outcome

An applicant in this scenario fails to meet the eligibility criteria for either a scholarship or fellowship

If you hold more than one position of employment at the same time then all can be used to meet the work experience requirement. Please see an example below of how this would be calculated:

 

Scenario 6

Scenario

Currently employed working part time 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for 4 calendar years AND

Scenario

Currently employed working part time in a voluntary position 12 hours per week for  35 weeks per year for 2 calendar years 

Calculations

(10 hours x 50 weeks x 4 years = 2,000) + (12 hours x 35 weeks x 2 years = 840) = 2,840

Outcome

An applicant in this scenario would be eligible for a scholarship

Online Application System

Below are some tips and advice for applicants when using the online application system:

1) Use the Google Chrome web browser as this is recommended for the best experience.

2) When completing your application form, work in a full-size window. This will make the application form easier to read in its original 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 menu links in the form.

4) Remember your username and password. This saves time when you want to log back in to the online application system.

5) Enter information accurately, especially your contact details. Please ensure that you enter a valid email address. If it changes after you have submitted, please ensure you update it in your application otherwise you may miss important updates from the Chevening Secretariat. If you provide a second email address, please ensure that it is valid and different from your first.

6) You can preview all sections of the application form at the start of your session and before you start to complete it to familiarise yourself with what is required.

7) Consider preparing your answers offline. The application form may take some time to complete so you may wish to prepare your answers offline and then paste your answers into the online form where appropriate. This is particularly relevant if you're using a public computer, like in an internet cafe. 

8) Application questions have word counts. In the application form there is a set of questions you are required to answer. There is a minimum word count of 100 words per answer and 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. Always remember to save your work. 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 plagiarize. If content from other sources is used to answer the application questions, they will be considered as plagiarized, and your application will not be passed on to the reading committee, the independent body that undertakes a first review of all eligible applications received. We therefore strongly encourage you to thoroughly check your answers, ensuring they are original and not copied from other sources.

12) Please apply in English. Applications must be submitted in English. Any application not submitted in English will be deemed 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 PDF documents no larger than 5 MB. Please ensure that the filename length does 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 may not modify your application except for the contact details section. 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. 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.

Interviews

If you are shortlisted to interview for a Chevening Award, you will be invited to attend an interview in the city where the British embassy or high commission has a representation.

The global interview period for 2019/2020 Chevening Scholarships will run from 4 March to 1 May 2019. Interviews for fellowships may take place at a different time. Please refer to your country page for further details.

Booking your Interview

You will receive an email with instructions on how to book your interview. Interview slots are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so we suggest that you book your slot as soon as possible. Once you have scheduled your interview, you will receive a booking confirmation email and your slot cannot be changed.

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

Only in exceptional circumstances are Skype interviews permitted. This is where security restrictions prevent applicants from travelling to the country to which they applied, or where there is no British embassy or high commission in the country. Such instances are considered on a case-by-case basis and a decision is made following consultation with the British embassy or high commission. You will be informed in your invitation email if your interview can be conducted via Skype.

Prior to attending your interview

Prior to attending your interview, and by 25 February 2019, you will be asked to upload the following documents to the online application system:

  • Education documents. Copies of your transcripts and certificates.

  • Biography. Scholars and fellows are required to upload a short biography that tells us more about you.

  • Copy of your passport photo page (for fellowships only)

Your two referees will also be contacted and asked to submit their references by 25 February 2019.

Preparing for your Interview

You will need the following documents to take to your interview:

  • Passport/national ID

  • You are not required to bring any other documentation with you. Additional instructions may be provided in the booking confirmation email.

The Chevening Interview

The interview will be a competency-based panel assessment conducted in English.

The interview panel will include representatives from the British embassy or high commission, who will use the global Chevening criteria to assess your answers.

You will be asked a series of questions discussing some of the information you provided in the application form. The panel will ask questions that will enable you to explain your personal and professional aspirations, and how Chevening can facilitate your achievement of these goals. Your course choices will also be discussed and you will be asked to provide an update on your applications.

What should I expect after my Interview?

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their interview after the global interview period, around early-mid June 2019. Please do not contact your local British embassy or high commission as updates on the status of your application cannot be provided earlier.

Applicants should not wait for the outcome of their interview to apply for their university courses and should apply for all three courses as early as possible. Any unconditional offers received should be uploaded to the online application system as soon as possible.

FAQS

Question:

Can I still apply if I do not have a valid passport? 

You can submit your application without a valid passport. However, you will be required to bring a valid passport or official photo identification to your interview at the British embassy or high commission if selected.

Question:

I want to apply for a two-year course as it is the best course for my future plans. Can I do this?

No. Courses must be either nine or 12 months long.

Question:

Can I change the university and course options after I submitted my application?

No, you cannot make changes to your course choices in the online application system after you have submitted your application. If you wish to change your course choices, you must inform your interviewers of this during your interview. Your interviewers must authorize any course changes. You must then receive an unconditional offer from one of the authorized courses by 11 July 2019.

Question:

When searching for course, should I choose something I am interested in or should my choice only relate to my current job and responsibilities?

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.

Question:

Can I apply for a Chevening Award in the final year of my undergraduate degree?

No. Chevening Awards are aimed at graduates who have already acquired some work experience. You must have already graduated from your degree at the time of application.

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