Interviews

If you are shortlisted to interview for a Chevening Award, you will be invited to attend an interview in the city where the British Embassy or High Commission has a representation.

The global interview period for 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarships will run from 6 March to 5 May 2017. Interviews for fellowships may take place at a different time. Please refer to your country page for further details.

Booking your interview

You will receive an email with instructions on how to book your interview. Interview slots are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so we suggest that you book your slot as soon as possible. Once you have scheduled your interview, you will receive a booking confirmation email and your slot cannot be changed.

Applicants are required to attend face-to-face interviews in the country to which they have 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 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. You will be informed in your invitation email if your interview can be conducted via Skype.

Prior to attending your interview

Prior to attending your interview, you will be asked to upload the following documents to the online application system:

  • Two valid references. This is an important stage in the selection process and you must submit these documents before your interview. Awards cannot be confirmed without two valid references. For further information about references, please see the references page.
  • Biography. Scholars and fellows are required to upload a short biography that tells us more about you.
  • Copy of your passport photopage (for fellowships only)

Preparing for your interview

You will need the following documents to take to your interview:

  • Passport/national ID
  • You are not required to bring any other documentation with you. Additional instructions may be provided in the booking confirmation email.

The Chevening interview

The interview will be a competency-based panel assessment conducted in English.

The interview panel will include representatives from the British Embassy or High Commission and who will use the global Chevening criteria to assess your answers.

You will be asked a series of questions discussing some of the information you provided in the application form. The panel will ask questions that will enable you to explain your personal and professional aspirations, and how Chevening can facilitate your achievement of these goals. Your course choices will also be discussed and you will be asked to provide an update on your applications.

What should I expect after my interview?

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their interview after the global interview period. Please do not contact your local British Embassy or High Commission as updates on the status of your application cannot be provided before 5 May.

Applicants should not wait for the outcome of their interview to apply for their three university courses and should apply for their courses as early as possible. Any unconditional offers received should be uploaded to the online application system as soon as possible.