Eligibility criteria

Please note that the information currently shown on this page is only relevant to 2015/2016 applicants. This will be updated at the end of July 2015 in time for the 2016/2017 application cycle.

To be eligible for a Chevening Award, you must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there for a minimum of two years after your Chevening Award has finished.

  • Hold a degree that is equivalent to or higher than an upper-second class (2:1) honours degree in the UK before applying.

  • Have completed at least two years' work experience before applying. This can include voluntary work and paid or unpaid internships.
  • Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 15 July 2015.

  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses (unless otherwise specified in your award category) and receive at least one unconditional offer for one of the three courses by 15 July 2015. For further information visit ‘what courses should I apply to?’

  • Have at least two referees. Think carefully about whom you wish to select as your two academic/professional referees, as you will be asked to write their details on your application form. You can find more information in the references section of our FAQs.

  • Not hold British citizenship or dual British citizenship, unless you are a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or hold BN(O) and are applying from Hong Kong.

  • Not have previously studied in the UK under a UK government-funded scholarship.

  • Not be an employee, relative of employee, or former employee (since July 2012) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Trade and Investment, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office), the British Council, a partner, a sponsoring UK university, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
  • Make sure you read the information on your country page and the Chevening Programme terms and conditions. You may also find it helpful to read our Chevening Key Fact Sheet, and the answers to some of our Frequently asked questions.

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