References: Four key points to help you apply

18 Oct 2016
Hannah Lines International Liaison Officer

Please note: The information contained in this blog was intended for those wishing to apply for a 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarship. Those wishing to apply for a 2018/2019 scholarship should visit the guidance page for the most up-to-date information. 

Hi, I’m Hannah and I work as an International Liaison Officer at the Chevening Secretariat. Throughout the application window, we will be holding live Q&A sessions based on different themes to help you through the application process. We want to encourage as many of you as possible to apply and take advantage of this opportunity. With less than a month to go before applications close, we recently held our fourth Q&A session with a focus on references. Our answers to your many questions can still be found on the Chevening Facebook page. However, there were a few common areas that I thought would be useful to address here.

(1) References do not need to be submitted by 8 November 2016.

References are an important part of assessing an applicant’s suitability for the Chevening Scholarship or Fellowship. It is not necessary to upload your references in order to submit your application. Instead, if you are selected for an interview in spring 2017, you will be asked to upload both your references to the online application system prior to your interview. We recommend that you start approaching your referees for a reference letter now to ensure you have both in good time.

(2) References must be:

  • in English
  • addressed to the British Embassy or High Commission in your country
  • in letter format
  • as current and up-to-date as possible
  • uploaded in PDF format

(3) References do not have to be:

  • on letterheaded paper
  • officially stamped
  • officially translated (but they must be in English)
  • written by someone who is still working at the organisation where you first met your referee

(4) The content of a good reference should cover:

  • how long the referee has known you
  • how the referee knows you (professional, educational, voluntary, supervisory, religious capacity)
  • when the referee last had regular contact with you
  • your suitability for the scholarship (covering leadership and networking skills, personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities, academic ability for master's level study)

We hope you found Q&A useful. If you still have questions on references, here are a few things that you can do:

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered in the other sessions, there will be a general session on Wednesday 2 November at 14:00.

If you already have all the information you need, please apply before 8 November. Good luck!