Common errors in applications

Please note that the information on this page is only with reference to applicants for 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarships.

Below are examples of the most common errors that 2017/2018 Chevening applicants made in their application form. As a result of these errors, applications are deemed ineligible and applicants are not taken through to the next stage of the competition.

If you have been informed of your ineligible status, please refer to the examples below to understand what error you may have made.


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 form.

View an example of an incorrectly completed pre-screen

Application form

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.

View an example of an incorrectly filled dual citizenship screen

Work experience

Applicants who do not demonstrate they have the minimum number of hours of work experience cannot be considered for an award. Applicants are required to have worked a minimum of 2,800 hours. This can be calculated as 35 hours a week, 40 weeks a year, multiplied by two years.

This section of the form requires applicants to enter the number of hours worked in a week, the total weeks worked per year, and the total weeks worked for the entire period of each employment entered. Some common errors applicants made are:

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

View an example of an incorrectly completed work experience screen

UK university

Applicants who enter duplicate courses at the same universities cannot be considered for an award.

View an example of a duplicate course or university


This section of the application form requires the applicant to correctly answer a number of statements to be considered eligible. An incorrect answer to one of these statements would result in an ineligible status.

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

As an example, against the statement ‘I confirm that I am not employed (and have not been employed since 1 July 2014) in a permanent or temporary role in the following organisations; Her Majesty’s Government, the British Council, or the Association of Commonwealth Universities’ the correct answer would be ‘Yes. Selecting ‘No’ indicates the applicant is employed by one of these institutions and therefore cannot be considered for an award.

View an example of an incorrectly completed declaration

Application questions word count

Applicants who do not meet the minimum word count for the application questions will not be considered for a Chevening Award.

View an example of an applicant not meeting the minimum word count


If content from other sources is used to answer the application questions, they will be marked down by the Reading Committee. This will affect your overall score and may result in your application no longer being considered.

Applicants are asked minimum word count: 50 words, maximum word count: 500 word

View an example of a plagiarised answer

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Use of English language

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

View an example of a non-English answer