References: Four key points to help you apply

28 Sep 2015
Rachel Arnold International Liaison Assistant

Please note: The information contained in this blog was intended for those wishing to apply for a 2016/2017 Chevening Scholarship. Those wishing to apply for a 2017/2018 scholarship should visit the guidance page or read this blog post for the most up-to-date information. 

I'm Rachel, and as an international liaison assistant at the Chevening Secretariat, I'd like to encourage as many of you as are eligible to apply for this great opportunity. In order to help you with your applications, we recently held our second Q&A session, which focused on references. I was online with my colleagues during this Q&A session and we were delighted to have received over 100 questions from you. Our answers to your questions can be found in full on our Facebook page.

We received many varied questions, but we noticed a few key questions that many of you were asking so we thought it would be useful to go over these here.

1. Your references should be addressed to the embassy or high commission in your country.

You can find the name of your embassy or high commission via this list.

2. You are required to upload two references to your application form.

If you have more than two references, you will need to determine which references will be best at highlighting your suitability for a Chevening Scholarship.

3. References do not need to be signed, written on official paper, certified, or sent from an official institutional domain.

The reference doesn't need to be treated as an official document. Therefore it doesn't need a letterhead or an official stamp. Please ask your referees to write their references as an unofficial documents. They must, however, be written in English.

4. There is no specific length of time that you must have been in contact with your referee. 

We would advise you select the person you feel is best placed to testify your suitability for a Chevening Scholarship and can cover all of the aspects required on the references page.

We hope you found the opportunity to ask questions in the live session useful. If you still have other questions on references then here are a few things that you can do:

As I previously mentioned, this was the second in four Facebook Q&A sessions we have planned over the next few Tuesdays.

If you have questions on applying to UK universities, please join us on Tuesday 29 September at 12:00 BST.

If you have questions on the English language requirement, please join us on Tuesday 6 October at 14:00 BST.

If you have questions about the work experience requirement, read Jon's blog from last week.

We look forward to answering more of your questions! 

If you already have all the information you need, please apply before 3 November.


by Rachel Arnold, International Liaison Assistant, Chevening Secretariat