Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion and academia. Most scholars undertake a one year master’s degree. In the current academic year there are over 500 Chevening scholars at universities across the UK. The programme is managed in UK and overseas by the British Council through a Service Level Agreement. They also fund scholarships for overseas students and projects to support our key objectives and key interests for the UK, including counter-terrorism, climate change and counter-narcotics work.
In addition to the prestigious nature of the scholarship itself, and the opportunity to study at a top quality UK university, Chevening also offers its scholars and fellows the opportunity for unparalleled networking. Chevening scholars and fellows can expect to meet with senior policy officials from the FCO and its network, but at the same time, are able to draw on the experience of more than 30,000 alumni across the world.
Eligibility Chevening Scholarships are for high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership.
Applicants should be:
Motivated to make a career that will take them to positions of leadership in their own country within ten years of their scholarship. Able to use their studies and experience in the UK to benefit themselves, their countries and the UK. Natural influencers and talented communicators, with energy and ambition. People who value networking and who can demonstrate the value of networks to their studies, and to bringing about change on a global level. Intelligent, with demonstrable academic potential. Strong characters with integrity, drive, and the ability to self manage and work independently Applicants must have good English language skills with and should check what IELTS score or equivalent is required for admission to postgraduate courses. Meet the academic requirements for their courses of study. Applicants cannot be a UK or EU national, An employee of the FCO (including British Embassies and High Commissions), the British Council, a co-sponsor or sponsoring UK university, or their relatives, or former employee who left such employment within the past two years. Applicants cannot be People who have already received financial benefit from an HMG-funded award.
Scholarship The programme is mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with some contributions from Higher Education Institutions and other partners in the UK. Their Embassies and High Commissions also have partnership agreements with a wide range of overseas sponsors including governmental and private sector bodies. Most scholars undertake a one year master’s degree.
Application Before applying:Please check your local British Embassy or High Commission website, and your local British Council website, for details about how the scheme will operate in your country, including information about timings and whether criteria about areas of interest have been applied.British Council staff locally will sift applications. Those getting through this stage will be invited to attend an interview that will be chaired by a member of the Embassy staff.If you are lucky enough to be selected as Chevening scholar that will be confirmed in writing shortly afterwards and the British Council will help prepare you.