Frequently asked questions
How are Chevening scholars selected?
All Chevening applications undergo a rigorous review and selection process:
Applications are first sifted and checked by the Chevening Secretariat in London against initial eligibility criteria such as degree qualifications, work experience, English language ability, etc.
Applications are then individually reviewed by independent reading committees who score applications against FCO, Chevening, and regional objectives, and the potential of the candidate to meet those objectives.
They are then considered by academic advisers, usually from UK institutions, who assess whether the candidate has the relevant background and experience to complete the selected course, and check whether the university has strength in the relevant subject area.
Candidates are scored and a shortlist is presented to the local British embassy/high commission, who interview and select final candidates along with the local partner organisation.
Some partnerships may vary slightly from this model, with applications considered by the partner (although still in concert with the FCO/Chevening objectives and the eligibility criteria).
Most popular FAQs
- Do my reference letters need to be written on official letterhead?
- What if my referee no longer works for the company I worked for?
- If I accumulated 2,800 hours of work experience in less than two years, am I eligible to apply?
- Do I need to submit proof of my work experience?
- I don't yet have two years of work experience, but I will by the time my course starts. Can I still apply for Chevening?