Terms and Conditions - Chevening Bilateral Awards

If you are a recipient of a standard Chevening Award, the relevant terms and conditions can be found here.

The effectuation of a Chevening Bilateral Award is contingent upon the availability of transportation and sufficient funds, stable conditions in the UK and the awardee’s ability to procure relevant UK entry clearance (a visa) and receive medical clearance. Neither the FCO nor the Secretariat assumes responsibility for any injury, accident, illness, loss of personal property or other contingencies which may befall an awardee during the course of his/her Chevening Bilateral Award. We strongly advise that you take out appropriate insurance to cover your travel to, and stay in, the UK.

Full details of administrative arrangements will be given to Chevening Bilateral Awardees with conditional and final award letters and on the Chevening website. When considering whether to apply for or to accept an award, you should be aware of the following points:

1.    Type of award

a)    Awardees can take up bilateral awards in the following ways:

  • One year taught masters (one year award period)
  • Two one year taught masters (two year award period)
  • One 24 month taught masters (two year award period)

2.    Value of award

a)    A full Chevening Bilateral Award normally comprises:

  • Payment of tuition fees up to the limit determined by the bilateral partner
  • Economy travel to and from your country of residence by an approved route for you only
  • An arrival allowance
  • An awards travel top up as a contribution to attending mandatory Chevening events (paid at the beginning of the award)
  • A contribution of up to £75 for TB testing where this is required 
  • The cost of an entry clearance (visa) application for you only to cover the two year period of your award
  • A departure allowance (paid at the end of the award)
  • A monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover accommodation and living expenses. The monthly stipend will depend on your government grade and whether you are studying inside or outside London.  Stipend payments will be made to you on or around the 21st of the month for the following full month. Where you arrive in the UK or leave the UK part way through the month, the stipend for that month will be adjusted as appropriate.

1.2 Changes to the value of an award

a) The value of your award will differ from the above in the following circumstances:

  • Where your tuition fee is subject to a cap, you will be liable for any remaining fees in second year. 
  • Where you are offered an award to study an MBA. The Chevening contribution to MBA tuition fees is capped at £18,000. You will be expected to fund the difference. You may be required to demonstrate that you hold sufficient funding to cover the remaining tuition fee costs.
  • The FCO reserves the right to reduce a Chevening Bilateral Award or withdraw an award in instances where awardees are beneficiaries of other significant awards, bursaries, prizes or earned income. 
  • All universities are expected to cover at least 20% of the cost of your tuition fees. In cases where a university is unable or refuses to provide such funding, the FCO reserves the right to withdraw the placement and send you to your next preferred choice. Alternatively, you may wish to cover the 20% amount yourself in which case we can continue with the placement at that university. Where this situation arises your programme officer will discuss the options with you.

2.  Tenure of a Chevening Bilateral Award

a)    A Chevening Bilateral Award will be for the length of the awardee’s official period of leave but will last no longer than 24 months.

b)    Each two year period will be confirmed to the Secretariat by the relevant British embassy or high commission. Late arrival to the UK will not result in the award period being extended.

c)    An award period will end on the final day of the 24 month period or when the awardee leaves the UK for the final time, whichever is the earlier.

d)    An award period may also end where an awardee has not been able to demonstrate academic progression and is therefore unable to take up the second year of study.

e)    The dates of the award period will be confirmed in the Final Award Letter which you will receive from the British embassy or high commission.

f)    Chevening Bilateral Awards may not be extended beyond 24 months unless there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptions will only be granted by the FCO if the time is necessary for you to complete your current Masters course and there are strong academic or welfare reasons to support this. All extensions are subject to the availability of funds and you should not assume that extensions will be granted.

3. Funding additional to a Chevening award

a)    You must not accept any other form of publicly-funded award during your Chevening award and should not normally accept additional funding for purposes already covered by Chevening. 

b)    You must disclose on your application form whether you have applied, or intend to apply, for any other scholarships or awards.

c)    Where you are considering applying for or are offered additional funding after you have been selected, you must disclose this to your programme officer as soon as possible.

d)    You may retain funding or other benefits not specifically covered by your Chevening Bilateral Award and you may continue to be in receipt of a salary from your past employer during your award. 

e)    The right is reserved to abate Chevening Bilateral Awards in instances where you are a beneficiary of other significant awards, prizes or earned income.

f)    You are not barred from taking part-time employment while in the UK but should not accept employment or internship opportunities unless agreed with the Secretariat.

g)    You must comply with the employment conditions of your visa, university/college regulations, and the conditions of your award.

h)    You should remember that your academic studies are of paramount importance and should be given due priority.

i)    In certain circumstances you may be given or seek an opportunity to undertake UK-based employment, or be in receipt of additional funding originating from either abroad or from within the UK during your Chevening Bilateral Award. In such cases the following rules will apply:

  • Extra income up to an including £3,000 over a 12 month period, will not be subject to a deduction
  • Extra income in excess of £3,000 and up to and including £7,000 will result in a £250 deduction in monthly stipend
  • Extra income in excess of £7,000 and up to and including £10,000 will result in a reduction to half stipend rate
  • Extra income in excess of £10,000 will NOT generally be allowed unless such funding is to cover a awardee’s contribution where an award is subject to a fee cap or is a part award

4. Keeping your contact details up to date

a)    You must ensure that the Secretariat has up to date contact details for you, including a UK address and email and an overseas address and email at the end of the award.

b)    You must keep in touch with the Chevening Secretariat during the term of your award and, in particular, keep your programme officer informed if you:

  • Change your address, even temporarily
  • Change your marital status
  • Suffer any injury, illness, loss, or damage to your person or property
  • Become involved in any legal action (civil or criminal), actual or threatened
  • Are absent for more than four days at any one time from your place of study

c)    You must return any form or request for information promptly to the Secretariat. If you do not, your stipend may be withheld.

5. Your university and course

a)    You must diligently pursue the course of studies agreed and conform to the rules of any organisation in which you work or study.

b)    It is expected that you will dedicate yourself to your studies and successfully pass your Master’s degree at the first attempt.  Where you are not able to do this Chevening will not pay for any fees associated with resitting exams or resubmitting written work.  

c)    You must not transfer to any other education institution.

d)    You must not transfer to any other course of study than that confirmed in your Final Award letter without the express permission of your programme officer. Such requests must be made within two weeks of the course start date and supported by exceptional circumstances. Requests made after this time will not be considered.

6. Travel during an award

a)    You must remain in the UK (except for authorised absences) during your award period.

b)    You are not permitted to be outside of the UK for either academic or personal reasons for more than 60 days throughout the entire period of your award, or for more than 30 days in any one year. 

c)    Where you exceed the 30 day limit in one year, or 60 day limit over two years, your stipend will be suspended until your return.

d)    Where you will be absent from the UK, you should notify your programme officer at least two weeks before you intend to travel confirming your destination, the reason for your trip and the length of your intended stay abroad. 

e)    Absence for any reason in excess of 30 days in one year or 60 days over the two years requires the express permission of your programme officer. You should contact them at least two weeks in advance of your proposed departure for further information. You should not assume that permission to travel will be granted.

7. Conduct

a)    You must comply with the Chevening travel policy when booking your flights to and from the UK. If you do not, you may lose the entitlement to have your flight costs covered by Chevening.

b)    Flights back to your home country must be booked at least two months before your award ends, if not sooner. Your programme officer will confirm the deadline to book your homeward flight by; stipends may be withheld if the Secretariat is not informed of your return flight details by the date given.

c)    Your award is calculated to support your costs only. There is no provision for dependants of Chevening awardees. Awardees are advised not to bring dependants to the UK. The Chevening programme provides no financial or pastoral support for dependants and will not endorse the visa applications of, nor provide travel for, dependants.

d)    You must complete and return all report requests and surveys sent to you throughout your Chevening Bilateral Award. Failure to complete reports and surveys may result in stipends and/or allowances being withheld or penalties being applied. If you are unable to complete the survey/report in time, you should contact your programme officer before the closing date to request an extension.

e)    You must act as an ambassador for both Chevening and your home country while in the UK and remember that your actions and remarks will have an impact on the reputation of both. 

f)    You must not engage in political activities or in any other activities of a public nature likely to affect the British Government adversely. 

g)    If you share your Chevening experiences online, you should acknowledge that these views are your own and do not represent the Chevening programme or the FCO. 

h)    You must not serve as an official representative (whether diplomatic, consular, or otherwise) of any government during the course of your studies.

i)    You must acknowledge Chevening in any publications (e.g. journal articles, book chapters or a thesis) resulting from your visit to the UK during the term of your Chevening Bilateral Award. You must cite Chevening as ‘Chevening Scholarships, the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations.’ You must also pass a copy of any such publication or broadcast to the Secretariat.

j)    Any behaviour which is deemed to be in breach of the above conditions may result in an official warning regarding behaviour from the Secretariat and/or a formal letter of warning from the British Embassy or High Commission and may result in the withdrawal of your award.

8. Social media usage

Chevening has a range of social media platforms for scholars and alumni to interact with. We look forward to receiving your comments and participation in discussions, and we encourage open, lively debate.

However, we do ask that our scholars, fellows, and alumni adhere to certain good practices and conventions of polite and constructive discourse. These terms of use can be found here.

9. Events and opportunities

a)    You must attend the Chevening Orientation event at the beginning of your award.

b)    You must attend the Farewell event at the end of your award if your final award letter confirms that you will still be in the UK at the time.

c)    You may be excused from attending mandatory events in the following circumstances:

  • Unavoidable course commitments
  • Ill health
  • Significant personal commitments
  • Where the date occurs outside the Award period

d)    You must contact your programme officer for further advice if you believe one of these categories is applicable to your situation at least one week prior to the event or within two days following the event.

e)    If you fail to attend a mandatory event and have no exceptional circumstances (listed at 9.c) you will be required to pay a £100 penalty. If you are in receipt of a stipend, this will be automatically deducted. Where you are not in receipt of a stipend you will be given one month to make the payment.

f)    If you fail to attend an optional event, having confirmed your attendance, not provided notice, and none of the above exceptional circumstances apply, you may be liable for the cost of your place at the event and may lose the opportunity to attend future events. Please see the specific events guidelines for further information regarding this.

g)    You must engage with other Chevening awardees and scholars by attending as many events /receptions organised by the FCO and the Secretariat as possible whilst in the UK.

h)    You must behave appropriately at all events which you attend and give appropriate notice to your programme officer if you are unable to attend.

i)    Failure to attend events (either mandatory or optional) once registered may result in future opportunities being withheld and your embassy or high commission being notified.

j)    Awardees and guests who sign up for Chevening events are responsible for their own safety and that of their belongings. The Chevening Secretariat assumes no responsibility for any physical harm or loss of personal belongings incurred while travelling to or attending our events.

k)    If you have a condition that could affect your ability to participate in some of our events, please use your best judgment when signing up for those events and inform the organiser of your limitations as soon as possible. Please note that Chevening staff are not qualified to offer first aid, and if any medical emergencies arise during our events, you will be directed to the closest medical facility.

10. Publication of your award

a)    The FCO and ACU will handle all information about awardees according to the data protection principles enshrined in the Data Protection Act 1998. 

b)    The FCO and the Secretariat reserve the right to publish the names and basic details of candidates selected for awards on the Chevening website or on other websites or in other publications. 

c)    The FCO reserve the right to use and share an awardee’s details for purposes necessary for the administration of the award, with other Chevening awardees and alumni, relevant university contacts, sponsor/partner organisations and other FCO and government departments. By applying for and accepting an award you give consent for such sharing and publication of your details in the event of your application being successful.

d)    In submitting an application and accepting a Chevening Bilateral Award, you consent for your data to be recorded and used in these ways (please see Data Protection Policy).

e)    In accepting a Chevening Bilateral Award you agree that your contact details may be shared with other Chevening awardees and scholars in your year unless you confirm otherwise on the Data Preferences Form.

f)    In accepting a Chevening Bilateral Award you agree to provide the Secretariat with a short biography and photograph that can be published on www.chevening.org, unless you confirm otherwise on the Data Preferences Form.

g)    By accepting a Chevening Bilateral Award you consent to your details appearing in the Chevening Alumni Directory on completion of your award, unless you communicate exceptional circumstances to the Secretariat which would exempt you.

12. Deferral of award

a)    Applications to defer awards will only be granted in the case of pregnancy. In such cases you may either continue with your award or you may defer it until the following academic year. 

b)    If you are pregnant and wish to continue with the award, you need to be aware that if you take any extended period of leave it is possible that your visa will be cancelled and, if this happens, you will have to return home and apply for another visa before being able to resume your studies.

c)    All other candidates selected for a Chevening Bilateral Award who are unable to take up their award must normally withdraw from the programme and re-apply the following year.

13. Visas and immigration

a)    All regulations concerning immigration and entry clearance (visas) are set by the Home Office and are subject to change.

b)    You must abide by all conditions of your UK visa.

c)    If you breach the conditions of your visa, the Secretariat may be required to issue you with a formal letter, notify the British embassy or high commission or partner and/or restrict further access to the Chevening network (via events or digital platforms). Depending on the nature of the breach, your university (as your visa sponsor) will be required to report the breach to UKVI and this may result in your visa being curtailed. In this case, your award will be withdrawn.

d)    You will be required to send evidence of your immigration status to your programme officer once you have arrived in the UK. Failure to return this evidence when requested will result in a financial penalty being applied.

14. Conclusion of your award

a)    You must return home for a period of at least two years following the completion of your award. The Secretariat is unable to provide any letter of support which might be required to enable an awardee to stay on to work or study in the UK.

b)    If you do not remain at home for two years following completion of your award, this will be treated as a breach of an award condition and you will be liable to pay back all monies paid to you during the course of your award. 

c)    You must not apply to switch to any other visa category or extend your current visa on completion of your studies.

d)    You must inform the British embassy or high commission once you have returned to your home country and remain in touch following your return.

e)    At the end of your award, you must inform the Secretariat of your intended date of departure from the UK. Final stipend and allowance payments will be withheld if the information is not provided by the deadline given by the Secretariat.

15. Termination of an award

The Secretariat, acting on behalf of the FCO, will be entitled to terminate the award at any time, by immediate notice to you in writing, in the event of:

a)    Misconduct, whether in connection with your study or otherwise.

b)    Failure to make such progress in your study as is considered satisfactory.

c)    Circumstances arising, that after discussion with you and your academic supervisors, would render it impossible for you to complete your award satisfactorily or prevent the purpose of the award from being fulfilled.

d)    Dismissal, for any reason, from your host university.

e)    Breach of any local UK law and practices.

f)    Conviction of bribery, in line with the UK Bribery Act, which came into effect on 1 July 2011. The current award will be rescinded and you will banned from applying for a Chevening Bilateral Award or Scholarship for a period of up to five years.

g)    Failure to comply with the conditions of your UK visa. 

h)    The discovery that you have submitted fraudulent documentation. 

i)    Failure to fulfil any one or more of the undertakings set out above.

16. Repayment of award funds

a)    In the event of such termination, the Chevening Scholarship programme shall have no further obligation to you and you shall be bound to repay the amount that has been paid to you under the award, unless:

  • The termination is a result of your ill health and this has been certified by a registered medical practitioner
  • The FCO/Secretariat has exercised its discretion to exempt you from this condition

17. Amendments

The FCO reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time and the current version can be found on the Chevening website. Once an acceptance form has been signed, this confirms that you agree to these terms and conditions and are bound by them.

What happens if I breach a condition?

Failure to abide by any of these terms and conditions could result in: suspension or withdrawal of stipend; ejection from the programme and/or repayment of the award in full. If you breach a condition of your award, the relevant part of the terms and conditions will explain what will happen next.

You may be liable to a pay a penalty. Where you are required to pay a penalty fee and are in receipt of a stipend, this will be automatically deducted. If you are not in receipt of a stipend you will be given one month to make the appropriate payment. Any reference to withholding of allowances may include any or all of the allowances to which you may be entitled.

Any breach of your award conditions is treated seriously and if you think you have breached a condition you should contact your programme officer immediately to discuss your situation. We would urge you to take prompt action to resolve any misunderstanding that may arise as a result of a breach, accidental or otherwise.