Work experience

Applicants must ensure they meet the minimum work experience requirement for the award that they are applying to before submitting their Chevening application:

  • Chevening Scholarships – two years’ work experience
  • Chevening Fellowships – either five or seven years’ work experience depending on the fellowship. Please check your country page for eligibility details relating to the specific fellowship you are applying to.

If you do not already have the required level of work experience, you will be unable to submit your application.
 

Eligible types of work experience

Applicants must meet the minimum work experience requirement before they submit their application for a Chevening Award. The types of work experience that are eligible for Chevening can include:

  • Full-time employment
  • Part-time employment
  • Voluntary work
  • Paid or unpaid internships
  • Work experience can be completed before, during, or after graduating from your undergraduate studies.

Employment undertaken as part of your undergraduate or postgraduate course are not eligible.

You do not need to meet the work experience requirement in one period of employment nor do you have been working in your current role for the minimum requirement in order to be eligible to apply. Applicants can submit up to ten different employment periods in order to meet the requirement. If you have held more than ten positions then please enter the periods which make up the greatest number of hours worked.

If you are in current employment, it is not a requirement of Chevening that you resign from your position. You are advised to discuss your application with your employer and it is your responsibility to ensure that they will release you if you are selected for a Chevening Award. The British Embassy/High Commission or the Chevening Secretariat cannot intervene in this.
 

How to calculate your work experience

The minimum requirement for work experience is calculated by multiplying the number of hours worked by the average number of weeks worked per year. For Chevening Awards it is assumed that applicants in full-time employment work on average 40 weeks per year and 35 hours per week.  

The minimum number of hours an applicant must have before applying does vary depending on the Chevening Award to which you are applying:

  • Chevening Scholarships - two years’ work experience = 2,800 hours
  • Chevening Fellowships - five years’ work experience = 7,200 hours
  • Chevening Fellowships - seven years’ work experience = 9,800 hours

If you have worked part-time, the minimum requirement will have been accumulated over a longer period.
 

Work experience scenarios

To help you calculate your work experience we have provided below some examples of how to calculate your employment hours.

  Scenario 1
Scenario Full time employment working 35 hours per week and 40 weeks per year for 2 calendar years
Calculation 35 hours x 40 weeks x 2 years = 2,800
Outcome An applicant in this scenario would be eligible for a scholarship

 

  Scenario 2
Scenario Full time employment working 42 hours per week for 45 weeks per year for 18 months
Calculation 42 hours x 45 weeks x 1.5 years = 2,835
Outcome An applicant in this scenario would be eligible for a scholarship

 

  Scenario 3
Scenario Part time employment working  18 hours per week for 48 weeks per year for 9 calendar years
Calculation 18 hours  x 48 weeks x 9 years = 7,776
Outcome An applicant in this scenario would be eligible for a scholarship and fellowship 

 

  Scenario 4
Scenario Part time internship working 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for 3 calendar years
Calculation 10 hours x 50 weeks x 3 years = 1,500
Outcome An applicant in this scenario fails to meet the eligibility criteria for either a scholarship or fellowship

 

  Scenario 5
Scenario Part time voluntary employment working 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for 3 calendar years 
Calculation 10 hours x 35 weeks x 3 years = 1,050
Outcome An applicant in this scenario fails to meet the eligibility criteria for either a scholarship or fellowship

 

If you hold more than one position of employment at the same time then all can be used to meet the work experience requirement. Please see an example below of how this would be calculated:

  Scenario 6
Scenario Currently employed working part time 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for 4 calendar years AND
Scenario Currently employed working part time in a voluntary position 12 hours per week for  35 weeks per year for 2 calendar years 
Calculations (10 hours x 50 weeks x 4 years = 2,000) + (12 hours x 35 weeks x 2 years = 840) = 2,840
Outcome An applicant in this scenario would be eligible for a scholarship

Read our blog post for more information about work experience.