Chevening Scholarship

Sugandhi Sood Sugandhi Sood
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Chevening Scholarship is designed for international students planning to begin a one-year master’s degree from a university in the UK. It is a fully-funded program which covers tuition fee, travel, and accommodation to stay in the UK.

  • It is mandatory to receive an unconditional admission offer from a UK university.
  • Applicants must belong to Chevening eligible-country or territory like India, China, etc.
  • Chevening UK scholarship has a fixed application timeline:
    • Applications begin in August.
    • Submission deadline is in November.
    • Applicants are shortlisted for interviews from Early to mid-February.
    • Scholarship Interviews take place between March and May.
    • Decisions are announced in mid-June.
  • Chevening scholarship application forms are country-specific.
  • Eligibility and selections are based on the English language, work experience, interviews, and references.

The application process for the Chevening Scholarship 2020 is closed. The application system will re-open in August for the Chevening Scholarship in 2021.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Merit-Based, Need-Based
Offered byGovernment bodies
OrganizationUnited Kingdom Government
Application Deadline Jul 16 ,2020
No. of ScholarshipsN/A
AmountVariable
Renewabilityno
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Linkhttps://www.chevening.org/apply/

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Chevening UK Scholarship, applicants must fulfill all the requirements given below:

  • Citizen of Chevening-eligible country or territory.
  • Completion of the UG program to apply for the PG program in the UK university.
    • Must have gained at least upper second-class 2:1 honors or equivalent.
  • Unconditional admission offer from one of the universities in the UK.
  • Return to the home country for at least two years after the completion of the award.
  • Work experience of at least two years.
  • Fulfillment of Chevening English language requirement.

Chevening Scholarship English Language Requirement

Demonstration of proficiency in the English language is the core requirement for the Chevening Scholarship. Acceptable tests and minimum score requirements, established by Chevening, are tabulated below:

Test NameMinimum Overall ScoreMinimum Sectional Score
PTE5842
IELTS6.55.5
TOEFL-iBT79Reading: 18; Listening & Writing: 17; Speaking: 20

Applicants must have taken the test on or after October 2019. There is no restriction on the number of tests an applicant chooses to apply for. However, Chevening will not cover the expenses of the language test(s).

Eligible Types of Work Experience

Applicants who do not have at least two years of work experience, will not be able to submit their Chevening UK Scholarship application.

Types of work experience that are eligible for the Chevening Scholarship India include:

  • Full-time employment
  • Part-time employment
  • Voluntary work
  • Paid or unpaid internships

As per Chevening Scholarship guidelines, two years of work experience means that an applicant has completed 2800 hours of work.


Application Process

Applications for Chevening Scholarship 2020 are closed. For 2020-21, the applications will open in August 2020.

All candidates are required to submit an online application form and submit it before the November deadline, specified by the Chevening.

Candidates must note that application form is country-specific. For example, applications for Chevening Scholarship India vary from that of Chevening Scholarship Australia.

The step-by-step process of applying for the Chevening Scholarship are:

  • Apply for the desired master's program at a UK university.
    • Applications can be made to any 3 UK universities covered under the Chevening Program.
  • Apply for Chevening UK Scholarship in August via OAS (Online Application System)
  • Answer all the questions (100-500 words)
  • Submit the required student supporting documents in JPG/PNG/PDF format.
    • Document size should not increase 5MB.

As mentioned earlier, scholarship applications must be submitted before the November deadline. The specific deadline for Chevening Scholarship 2021 is yet to be announced.


Selection Process

The selection process of the Chevening Scholarship takes a minimum of eight months from the application deadline to the selections for an award. Chevening Scholarship decisions are announced by mid-June.

Significant factors of Chevening selection process includes

  • References,
  • Interviews, and
  • Work Experience

Guidelines for Interviews

Candidates are interviewed by panels at British embassies and the British high commissions, according to their availability in nearby cities/states.

  • English will be the medium of communication.
  • Interview questions will comprise of personal and professional aspirations

Before attending the interview, a candidate needs to upload the following documents to the online Chevening application system:

  • Education documents (copies of all certificates and/or transcripts).
  • A short biography about you
  • Two reference letters.
  • Passport/national ID (bring at the time of the interview)

NOTE: Interview slots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and once booked, cannot be changed. Only in certain circumstances, the Skype interview is permitted.

Guidelines for References

References should demonstrate your:

  • Intellectual, Personal, and Interpersonal qualities.
  • Skills of leadership and networking.
  • Ability to complete the academic program such as engineering, accounting in the UK.

It should cover questions like:

  1. How long has the applicant known to the referee?
  2. Capacities measured? (e.g. professional, supervisory, educational, voluntary, or religious, etc…)
  3. Regular contact with the applicant of the referee?
  4. Overall endorsement of the prospective applicant.

References are reviewed by the High Commission/British embassy during the latter stages of the selection, so provide only relevant details, written in English only.


Grant Details

Chevening is a fully-funded scholarship program that covers nearly all the requirements of the student. The program helps the student to completely focus on achieving the academic goals and to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Chevening UK Scholarship is one of the biggest scholarship programs designed for international students planning to pursue studies in the UK.

Applicable forAll master-level program in UK universities
Eligible candidatesInternational students belonging to Chevening countries
RewardFully-funded (Allowance, living expenses, tuition fee, etc.)
Award DurationOne Year

The Chevening Scholarship is given to promote intercontinental relationships, elevate careers, shift and deepen perspectives, transform communities, and to bring the ideas into reality by experiencing a study life in the UK.

The Association along with this scholarship also offers many other fellowships to study in the UK, which are primarily funded by the UK government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

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