Chevening Scholarships | Global Scholarship

The Chevening Scholarships (UK) 2023 is currently available for all international students who are willing to apply.

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship program, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations.

The program offers awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study for a master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship program, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations.

The program offers awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study for a master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.

Applying for a Chevening Scholarship is a competitive and challenging process. To give yourself the best chance of success, it is advisable that you do as much research as possible.

Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarship?

Applications for fully funded Chevening Scholarships to study for one-year master’s degrees at UK universities are now closed.

Chevening enables outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK.

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, but those who are successful tend to have ambition, leadership qualities, and a passion for influencing positive change in their home countries.

We encourage you to apply if you meet our eligibility criteria and other requirements.

Your gender, age (there is no upper age limit), sexual orientation, religion, marriage or parenthood status, caste, class, or other attributes do not matter to us.

What matters is your ability to submit a thoughtful application that demonstrates you are capable of excelling on an intense master’s course in the UK, and that you have a clear vision for your future.

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 into a postgraduate program at a UK university by the time you submit your application. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honors 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 courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 13 July 2023.
You are not eligible for a Chevening Scholarship if you:
  • Firstly, 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).
  • Secondly, 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
  • Employees, former employees, or relatives* of an employee of Chevening Partner organizations are eligible to apply.
  • Finally, 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.

But, as long as you can clearly explain why it will help you fulfill 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.

Guidance for a Chevening Scholarship

Helpful information about preparing your Chevening application

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:

  • First of all, Find the right courses
  • Secondly, Choose appropriate references
  • Thirdly, Avoid common mistakes that other applicants make

You’ll also find their terms and conditions. If your application is successful, you’ll need to agree to these before accepting your award.

We wish you all the best of luck and can’t wait to welcome those of you who are successful to our diverse and global community!

Common errors made in Chevening Scholarship

Don’t fall for the same errors that past applicants have made.

Below are examples of the most common errors that Chevening applicants have made in their application forms.

As a result of these errors, applications are deemed ineligible and applicants are not taken through to the next stage of the competition.

If your application has been deemed ineligible, please refer to the below to understand what error you may have made.

Moreover, If you’re yet to submit an application, read this to avoid making the same mistakes others have.


Applicants must correctly answer all parts of the eligibility pre-screen in order to access the application form.

An incorrect answer to one of these questions would result in the applicant failing the pre-screen stage of the application.

Application form for Chevening Scholarship

Applicants must correctly complete all parts of the application form to be considered eligible. Only eligible applications will be processed.

Below are the sections of the application form where applicants have made the most common errors.

Personal details

Applicants who indicate they have dual citizenship from the United Kingdom cannot be considered for an award.

Work experience

Applicants are required to have worked a minimum of 2,800 hours. Those who cannot demonstrate that they have worked the minimum number of hours cannot be considered for a scholarship.

Your work experience will be calculated automatically by multiplying the number of weeks worked by the number of hours worked per week.

For this calculation, a working week comprises 35-60 hours and a working year comprises 40-50 weeks.

Some common errors applicants made are:

  • Firstly, Not meeting the minimum number of hours worked prior to submitting their application.
  • Secondly, Not entering the correct total number of weeks worked for each year of employment.
  • Entering an unrealistic number of hours or weeks worked (e.g. 2,000 hours rather than 20 hours per week).
  • Finally, Enter the same work experience entry more than once.

This section of the application form requires the applicant to correctly answer a number of statements to be considered eligible.

If an applicant is not able to confirm that these statements apply to them, they will be deemed ineligible.

Applicants are asked to think carefully and select one of the two options available against each statement (e.g. ‘Yes’ or ‘No’).


Applicants of Chevening Scholarships should not repeat answers to any of the essay questions and should enter new and original answers for each of the four questions.

Please do not copy and paste the same answers into more than one box as this will make an application invalid.


All applications are run through plagiarism software, which compares the content of the application against online sources.

However, If an applicant commits plagiarism, they will be disqualified.

Applicants are allowed to insert quotations but must acknowledge the source as they would in an academic essay.

Use of English language

Finally, Applicants must complete the application form in English. If the application form is not completed in English, it will be deemed ineligible.

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