The Chevening Scholarships gather up-and-coming global leaders by giving them the opportunity to study in the UK.
Through offering one-year master’s degree courses, Chevening has brought over fifty thousand exceptional professionals from around the world since its establishment in 1983.
In addition, the international awards program is fully-funded by the UK government. Course fees, flights, and accommodation are also included under the scholarship, so that students may freely focus on their academic and professional goals.
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What is Covered by the Chevening Scholarship Award?
Chevening aims to create an international community dedicated to driving positive change. Moreover, the institution works on it by bringing together the best minds from across the globe and supporting them, through education, to achieve their goals.
In turn, the Chevening Scholarship Award covers the following:
- University tuition fee
- Monthly stipend
- Travel costs to and from the UK
- Arrival allowance
- Departure allowance
- Cost of VISA application
- Travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK
Eligibility Criteria for Scholars
To be a qualified Chevening scholar, a person must meet the following criteria:
- The candidate must be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory.
- Accepted scholars return to their country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after their award has ended.
- In addition, they must have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto 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.
- Candidates must also have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience.
- At this point, aspiring scholars must have already applied to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by the indicated deadline for the academic year.
Courses Offered for Study in the UK
Selecting the right courses at the right universities is one of the most important aspects of a scholar’s application. As such, the aspiring applicant must list three eligible courses for the opportunity.
The candidate must also apply for the course separately via the partner university that runs the course (See: Chevening’s Partner Universities).
Furthermore, it is advisable for interested parties to choose full-time, taught courses. The said programs should not be less than nine months or more than 12 months in duration.
On another note, the scope does not cover distance learning courses.
Chevening Scholarship Application Process
It should be noted that the Chevening Scholarships are very competitive in general. In order to be awarded a scholarship by the partner university, applicants must show aptitude, excellence, and good academic background to be qualified for a master’s UK education.
In order to increase the chance of admission and a subsequent study in the UK, aspiring scholars are advised to choose three related or similar courses being offered at three different universities.
After applications have been sifted against the eligibility criteria, independent reading committees come in to assess the remaining applications. The candidates’ scores and rankings are then passed back to local British embassies and high commissions for endorsement.
Once the embassies and high commissions have reviewed the applications, they will then produce a shortlist of interviewees. Following this, the said candidates will be tasked to submit two references and their education documents prior to the interview date.
Applicants who then pass the interviews will be announced. Now that a scholarship slot has been secured, the aspiring scholar must also receive at least one unconditional UK university offer and submit the necessary information to Chevening.
Chevening’s Partner Universities
As of writing, these institutions have partnered with Chevening Scholarships to grant select students the chance to study in the UK:
- Bournemouth University
- University of London, Birbeck
- Brunel University, London
- Durham University
- University of Central Lancashire
- University of East Anglia
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Exeter
- University of Kent
- University of Glasgow
- University of Leeds
- University of Nottingham
- University of Reading
- University of Salford
- University of South Wales
- University of Westminster
- University of Warwick
- University of Surrey
- University of Sussex
- University of Stirling
- University of Southampton
- Cardiff University
- Queen Mary University of London
- Robert Gordon University
- Swansea University
- University of Bath
- University of Birmingham
There is a fee cap applied to MBA programs. In effect, the scholarship requires that the candidate must cover any additional cost above £18000.
On another note, all Chevening applications must be done online. The submission must be through the Online Application System (OAS).
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