University applications: four key points to help you apply

Emma Spittles Senior International Liaison Officer

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 Emma, and as a senior international liaison officer at the Chevening Secretariat, I’m very pleased to encourage you all to apply to Chevening if you're eligible. With just over a month to go before applications close, we held the third in our series of themed Q&A sessions this week. We answered dozens of UK university application enquiries which you can view in full on our Facebook page.

A few questions that were raised in the Q&A have also been frequently asked through email enquiries, so we thought we would go into a bit more detail here.

1. Preference will be given to applicants whose course choices relate to the priority areas on their country page of the Chevening website. However, Chevening will fund courses that are not included in the country priority areas.

It is up to you to explain why your course choice falls into one of the priority areas. Please note that even if your courses do not fall into one of the priority areas you can still apply and can still get selected.

2. Chevening Scholarships only have a tuition fee cap on MBA courses.

Chevening funds the full tuition fees of all Master’s courses except MBA programmes. Only £18,000 of MBA tuition fee costs are funded by Chevening which means applicants would have to fund any additional costs.

3. When applying for a Chevening Scholarship, you need to include three university Master’s courses in your application form.

Even if you already hold an unconditional university offer you will still need to include three courses in your Chevening application. These can be three different course titles at one university, three different course titles at three different universities or three of the same course title at three different universities.

4. Chevening funds one year Master’s courses at any UK university.

Chevening funds Master’s courses at any UK university, regardless of whether they are partners or not. It is not mandatory that you apply to a partner university although you have that option.

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

  • Visit the Courses page for more information on the criteria for Chevening eligible courses.
  • Use our clever course finder to search for Master’s courses that meet the Chevening requirements.
  • If you find a course that you feel meets the course requirements listed on the Courses page but is not included in the list of Master’s courses, please submit an enquiry to us including a link to the course webpage.
  • Read the thread on Facebook as someone else may have already asked the same question.
  • Ask the Chevening Secretariat directly by submitting an enquiry to us.

If you have questions on the English language requirement, please join us for the final Q&A of the series on Tuesday 6 October at 14:00 BST.

If you have still have questions about the reference and work experience requirements, read Rachel and Jon's blogs.

We look forward to answering more of your questions! 

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


by Emma Spittles, Senior International Liaison Officer, Chevening Secretariat