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 accordingly and a short list 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 and Chevening objectives and eligibility criteria.
Can a partnership be arranged for short courses, distance learning or PhDs?
In general, the Chevening Scholarship programme provides awards for one-year taught Master’s level degree courses. A very small number of short courses are offered, but on an exceptional basis only. Distance learning scholarships and PhDs are not eligible for funding under a Chevening Scholarship.
What does a Chevening Scholarship cover?
The Chevening Programme includes a tailored engagement programme creating opportunities for scholars to network with each other as well as alumni, the FCO, high profile speakers and partner organisations. Award recipients receive:
- Tuition fees
- A monthly living allowance
- An economy class return airfare to the UK
- Additional grants and allowances to cover essential expenditure
Costs vary considerably depending on course and university choice. Typically most scholarships are approximately £30,000 for a full academic year.
How are partnerships funded?
There are a variety of funding models for partnership awards.
Partner universities most commonly offer a full tuition fee waiver with the FCO covering allowances, stipend, travel, engagement and enrichment programme as well as all other administration costs.
For private sector organisations, contributions often take the form of a fixed sum of either a flat rate or a percentage of the estimated total of an award.
Total costs vary depending on scholars' course and university choice, but generally costs are split 50/50. The Chevening Secretariat invoices a partner for their contribution before the end of November each year for the agreed amount. University partners waive the tuition fees, with no invoice required.
How are partnership awards administered?
All Chevening Scholarships, including those co-funded with partners, are fully administered by the Chevening Secretariat. The Secretariat makes payments to scholars (e.g. monthly stipends, flight costs and arrival allowances) and invoices the partner for its contribution to the partnership. This ensures the partnership award scholars receive the same support as other Chevening Scholars so that they identify with the Chevening Programme, and are encouraged to connect with other Chevening Scholars and the wider alumni network.