Frequently asked questions

If you have a question related to Chevening Scholarships and Fellowships applications please read the information on this page. If you still can't find an answer to your enquiry, please get in touch with us using our online contact form.


I am currently in full-time employment. Do I need to resign in order to apply for a Chevening Award?

No, this is not a Chevening requirement and it is up to you to discuss it with your employer. You are personally responsible for ensuring that you will be able to accept the award offer when it's made and that your employer will release you in time for departure to the UK. The British Embassy/High Commission or the Chevening Secretariat cannot intervene in this.

I have already received financial benefit from a different UK government-funded programme. Can I still apply for a Chevening Award?

No. You can't apply for a Chevening Award if you have previously received funding from another UK government scholarship programme.

I have previously received a Chevening Scholarship, can I apply for another one?

No, Chevening Alumni are not eligible to apply for a further scholarship.

I have previously received a Chevening Scholarship, can I apply for a fellowship?

Yes, however you must wait five years after finishing your scholarship before you can apply for a fellowship. For example, a Chevening Alumnus who studied for a master's degree in the UK  between 2008 and 2009, will only be eligible to apply for a fellowship programme from 2014/2015.

I completed an undergraduate degree in the UK, can I still apply to the programme and return to study for a master’s course?

Yes, you can. However, if you have already received financial benefit from the UK government, you cannot apply for a Chevening Award.

I studied in the UK and received financial benefit from a non-UK government-funded award. Can I still apply to Chevening?

Yes, however we particularly welcome applications from those who haven't had the opportunity to study outside of their home country.

Academic qualifications

Can I apply for a Chevening Award in the final year of my undergraduate degree?

No. Chevening Awards are aimed at graduates who have experience working in their chosen career field. You must hold a degree at the time of application.

I achieved the equivalent of a 2:2 Honours at undergraduate degree level. Am I eligible to apply for a Chevening Award?

Yes, the requirement is that you have achieved a sufficiently high score at your undergraduate degree to satisfy the entry requirement of a UK master's degree or a Chevening Fellowship programme. Typically this will mean that you need an equivalent of a 2:1 Honours at undergraduate level but a number of universities and programmes will accept lower qualifications.

How can I find out if my degree is equivalent to a UK upper second (2:1) Honours?

If you are unsure, you can contact your preferred universities for advice on degree equivalency.

I only have a master's degree, will this meet the Chevening eligibility requirements?

Yes, the higher master's qualification is sufficient to be eligible for a Chevening Award. Please also check with your preferred universities to ensure you meet their entry requirements for your chosen courses.


Where do I send the reference letter in support of my application?

If you have been invited to attend an interview, you must upload two references to your online application before attending. Further details on how to do this will be included in your interview invitation.

My referees are not competent in the English language. Can they submit the reference in their native language?

No, references must be submitted in English.

Can I write the reference on behalf of my referee if they don't have the time to do it?

No, you cannot write your own reference.

English language

Can I undertake a pre-sessional English course in order to reach the English language requirement for Chevening?

You won't be permitted to take pre-sessional courses to fulfil the English language requirement. To meet our English language requirement you will be required to take one of the approved English language tests unless you meet one of the exempt categories.

Please visit the English language section for more information about the Chevening language requirement, accepted English language tests, exempt categories, and help to prepare for your test.


There are no available English language test centres in my country. What do I do?

You will need to travel to the nearest test centre and cover all the costs associated, including travel and accommodation. Please refer to you country webpage for more information or contact your local British Embassy/High Commission.

Can I take more than one English language test?

Yes, you can take the test as many times as you need. You must then submit a test report that meets the minimum requirement as set by Chevening by 13 July 2017.

I have a TOEFL score from January 2016, but my preferred university only accepts IELTS. Can Chevening negotiate this with the university on my behalf?

No. If your preferred universities don't accept TOEFL you will need to take an alternative test which meets their requirements.

I have a valid IELTS score from May 2016 but I haven't achieved 5.5 in each of the four bands. Do I need to take the test again?

Yes, you need to meet the minimum Chevening Language requirement in each case. For IELTS this is an overall band of 6.5 with no individual band less than 5.5.

I have a valid IELTS score of 6.5 from December 2015 but my preferred university sets a minimum overall band of 7.0. Do I need to the test again?

Yes, you will need to meet the minimum requirement set by your preferred university where this is higher than the Chevening requirement. Failure to do so means that your application won't be considered by that university.

I am an English teacher or I use English every day at work. Do I have to take an English language test?

Yes. A waiver is only provided to applicants who are citizens of specific countries and for applicants that have undertaken their undergraduate course in a native English speaking country. For a full list visit the English language requirement page.

I applied for a Chevening Scholarship last year but due to personal circumstances my application was deferred by the British Embassy to this year. I took my English language test before 1 October 2015. Do I have to retake the test?

Yes, you will need to retake the test and meet the minimum criteria set by both the university and Chevening. The Chevening language requirement remains the same in 2017/2018, however you must confirm any changes that may have been made to the university’s language requirement for the course you applied for.

Does the English language test centre have wheelchair access?

You will need to check this directly with the test centre and discuss any special arrangements that you might need as soon as possible.

Making an application

Can I apply for a Chevening Award if I am not living in my home country?

Yes, however you can only apply to the country programme where you have citizenship rights. If you reach the interview stage of the selection process, you will need to attend the interview in person in the country to which you have applied. Telephone or Skype interviews are not permitted. You will also be expected to return to that country at the end of your award and remain for at least two years.

My internet access is limited. Can I submit a paper copy of the application form?

No. Applications must be submitted online through the Chevening Online Application System. This system will be used throughout the Chevening selection process and you will be required to regularly log in to receive updates on your application. We recommend you find alternative internet providers that are available locally.

My internet browser crashes when I try to use the Chevening online application system. If there is no option to submit a paper copy, what do I do?

The online application system is compatible with a number of internet browsers, please try alternatives to submit your application. We don't accept paper copies.

Can I submit more than one application?

No, you can only submit one application. If both fellowships and scholarships are available in your country, you should refer to your country page for more information on the options and decide which one to apply to.

Do I need to translate my university transcripts before I upload them to the application form?

No, we accept transcripts in their original format. Your preferred university, however, may require a certified translation of your transcript documents when you apply to one of their courses.

Universities and courses - information relevant to scholarship applicants only

When searching for course, should I choose something I am interested in or should my choice only relate to my current job and responsibilities?

Chevening Scholarships aim to support individuals to achieve their professional aspirations. The course and field of study should relate to your current or future career goals.

Do I need to have been accepted onto a course before I apply for a Chevening Scholarship?

No, however you are encouraged to apply for your chosen courses of study before or at the same time as applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Acceptance onto a course at a UK university is considered an asset by the Chevening selection committee at any stage of the selection process.

Can I change the university and course options after I submitted my application?

No, you can't make changes to the university course choices after submitting your application.

I want to apply for a two year course as it is the best course for my future plans. Can I do this?

No. Courses must be either nine or 12 months long.

Can I apply for a two-year course and pay for the second year myself?

No. You can only choose a one-year course. The Secretariat will not support a two-year course in any form.

Can I apply for a Chevening Scholarship for a part-time course?

No. Chevening Scholarships cover full-time courses only.

Can I apply for a Chevening Scholarship to study for an undergraduate degree?

No. Chevening Scholarships are available for taught master's degrees or selected short courses of professional development only.

Can I apply for a Chevening Scholarship to study for a PhD or DPhil?

No. Chevening Scholarships are available for taught master's degrees only.

Can I apply for a Chevening Scholarship to study at a university outside the United Kingdom?

No. Chevening Scholarships are available for study in the UK only. Short study visits outside the UK may sometimes be included as part of a course but please note that there are strict rules on this.

Can I apply for a course that is offered at the London-based campus of another UK university?

Yes, but only if this course is not offered at the university’s main campus.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the wide range of high quality courses offered at universities across all regions of the UK. Awards will only be offered for a course at a London-based campus if this exact course is not available at the main campus. 

Can I apply for a Chevening Scholarship to study a distance learning course delivered by a UK university?

No. Chevening Scholarships are available for study in the UK only. It is also not an option for you to start your studies in your home country through distance learning and then to come to the UK to complete the course later in the academic year.

I already have an unconditional offer from a university. Do I still need to identify and list three universities in the application form?

Yes, you still need to identify three university courses, although you can enter the unconditional offer as the first of your three options.

If I don’t receive an offer from the three choices I listed on the application form, can I have additional choices?

No. You can only have the three choices listed on your application. Please research the choices you pick and the order of preference very carefully before committing to them as no changes will be permitted.

I would like to choose a 12 month course that also includes an optional six months placement. Because I can't a course longer than 12 months, I wouldn't follow the placement. Can I list this course as one of my options?

Yes. As long as you complete the academic programme within 12 months and don't continue on to the placement then this course would be eligible.

I would like to choose a 12 month course that also includes an optional six months placement. Because I can't attend a course longer than 12 months, I would pay for the placement myself. Can I list this course as one of my options?

No. Your course can only be 12 months long and the Secretariat will not support any course over one year in any form.

I found a 12 month course I would like to study but it has three additional months of distance learning. Can I list this course as one of my options?

You can, but there are restrictions. The distance learning aspect of the course would have to be at the end of the course and the Chevening Scholarship will only provide allowances for up to 12 months that you are in the UK. You will not receive funds for the three months of distance learning. The scholarship will also not cover any additional tuition fee that might be requested by the university.

I applied to my preferred universities but I have not received any response. Can Chevening speak to the universities on my behalf?

No. You must contact the universities directly. It is your responsibility to ensure you receive an unconditional offer by the deadline.

The course I want to study is quite expensive. Can Chevening provide me with a loan for the amount that exceeds the level covered by the scholarship?

No, you must have the funds to cover the excess amount on the tuition fee.

I have been accepted by one of the universities I listed in my application form. Do I write back to formally accept their offer?

Yes, you must accept the offer made by the university to secure a place on the course. However, you must not discuss the financial aspects related to the course. If awarded a scholarship, the Chevening Secretariat will confirm the financial arrangements directly with the university.

I can't find my preferred university and/or course in the list of options on the online application form. What should I do?

If you cannot find a particular university and/or course in the database, please contact the Chevening Secretariat providing the URL to the course you are interested in and we will advise you on whether it can be included. For courses to be eligible for inclusion on the database they must be up to 12 months long and lead to a master's qualification. We are only able to update the course database up until 48 hours prior to the application deadline.

I applied for a Chevening Scholarship last year but due to personal circumstances my application was deferred by the British Embassy to this year. Can I change my university and course preferences listed in my application last year or can I identify three alternative ones?

You are expected to attend the university and course of study that was listed as your first choice for the 2015/2016 programme. You must contact the university as soon as possible to confirm the offer is still valid for 2016/2017. You must also confirm any changes that may have been made to the course or to the admission criteria in the interim period and ensure that you have satisfied the criteria set.

I applied for a Chevening Scholarship last year but due to personal circumstances my application was deferred by the British Embassy to this year. In the meantime, I changed jobs and the course I originally identified is not relevant for my profession now. Can I identify alternative courses in this case?

You must contact the British Embassy/High Commission to discuss this directly. It is at their discretion to agree alternative courses that may better reflect your new career focus.

I am logging into my application system but cannot view my application status.

If the Change password page has come up, you will need to add a new password. When logging in, you should be taken to the review status page. If this is not the case, you should click on Application Centre on the top right hand side of the web page and select Review status.

I forgot my password. What can I do?

You will need click on the Forgotten your password link. This will send an email to the email address that you used to submit your application. Please check your junk/spam mail to ensure that the email has not been sent there.


Will the interview be held in a city close to where I live?

Interviews will be conducted in the city where the British Embassy and High Commission has a representation. You will be required to attend the interview in the country from which you applied. If there is more than one representation in your country, you will be invited to the city that you have indicated in your application form.

I have received an invitation to interview for a Chevening Scholarship/Chevening Fellowship. When do I need to book my interview?

Interview slots are available on a first-come-first served basis. We therefore suggest you book your interview as soon as possible. 

Who covers the cost of attending the interview?

Applicants are expected to cover the full costs of attending the interview including travel and overnight accommodation (where necessary).

Will the interview be conducted in English?


Do I have to prepare a presentation for the interview?

No. The interview will be competency-based.

What documents do I need to take with me to my interview?

You will need to take your passport or another form of ID. In your invitation to interview you will be told whether you have any missing references that you should also bring to your interview in addition to your passport.

I am a wheelchair user. Will there be easy access to the site where the interview will be held?

Applicants that require special arrangements on the day of the interview must contact the British Embassy/High Commission in advance to discuss.

Who is on the interview panel?

The interview panel will include representatives from the British Embassy/High Commission. 

How will the interview be assessed?

The interview panel will ask a series of questions and your answers will be evaluated in accordance to a number of set criteria.  

What questions will be asked at the interview?

The interview will be an opportunity to discuss some of the information you provided in the application form. The panel will ask questions that will enable you to fully explain your personal and professional aspirations and how Chevening can facilitate these goals for you. As part of your interview your course choices will also be discussed so you should be prepared to talk about them.

I am not able to attend an interview on any of the dates or times provided. Can I be interviewed on a different date in the interview period?

You will need to contact the Chevening Secretariat in this case, but please note that only in exceptional circumstances will an additional appointment be made available. Failure to attend the interview may result in your withdrawal from the competition. 

Can I reschedule my interview on the day if I can no longer attend that appointment?

You will need to contact the Chevening Secretariat in this case, but please note that only in exceptional circumstances will an additional appointment be made available. Failure to attend the interview may result in your withdrawal from the competition.

I am unable to attend the interview in person. Can I send someone to represent me?

No, you must attend in person. If you know that you will be unable to make the appointment, you must inform the Chevening Secretariat as soon as possible.

Is there an option for my interview to be conducted through Skype?

Applicants are required to attend face-to-face interviews in the country to which they applied and must be prepared to travel to the interview in the first instance.

Only in exceptional circumstances are Skype interviews permitted. This is usually where security restrictions prevent applicants from travelling to the country to which they applied or where there is no UK Embassy or High Commission present in the country. Such instances are considered on a case by case basis and a decision is made following consultation with the UK Embassy or High Commission.

I am currently overseas for work/leisure, can I attend an interview at another location?

No. Applicants are required to attend face-to-face interviews in the country to which they applied.

I recently attended an interview. Do I wait to hear whether I passed this step before I approach my three preferred universities?

No. Applicants must apply to the three university courses as early as possible and upload any unconditional offers they receive to their online application form. The interview panel will consider favourably any applicant who already has received an unconditional offer from one or more of their preferred universities.

I recently attended an interview but feel I did not perform as well as I could have. Can I schedule another interview?

No. Applicants can only attend one interview. 

I attended an interview last month, but no one has contacted me to confirm the result yet. When am I likely to hear back?

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their interview by the end of May. Please do not contact your local British Embassy or High Commission, as updates on the status of your application cannot be provided ahead of this time.

I recently attended an interview but was rejected from the competition. Who can provide me with some feedback and an explanation as to why I was rejected?

Please contact the Chevening Secretariat who will request feedback on your behalf.