Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

This page provides some answers to your questions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and Chevening.

FAQs for applicants currently in the Chevening application process

I am unable to reach the specified interview location due to coronavirus (COVID-19) related restrictions. What will happen?

We are aware that many countries are currently in various stages of lockdown or have in place other restrictions due to coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working closely with British embassies and high commissions to try to reduce disruption to interviews as much as possible. In some instances, this may mean interviews are conducted online or via telephone. We will make every effort to ensure your interview can still take place.

We are monitoring this ongoing situation closely and looking at what adjustments may be possible. Any changes to your interview will be communicated with you directly as soon as possible,

If you have specific concerns about reaching your interview location and no changes have been communicated with you, please contact us through our website. Please note, if there is more than one week until your interview date, we may not be able to give you the most up to date information.

Will my interview be rescheduled?

In some instances, your local British embassy or high commission may need to postpone interviews. If this is required, you will be notified of any scheduling changes as soon as possible.

We are monitoring this ongoing situation closely. Any changes to your interview schedule will be communicated with you directly. Please continue to regularly check your emails for updates.

Do I need ID for my interview, and if so, what?

For all Chevening interviews, you will be required to have your passport or other ID document with you. When you completed your Chevening application form, you were asked to provide details of your ID document (your passport or other ID document). Your local British embassy/high commission may ask you for specific information from your ID document if your interview is being conducted remotely.

I am concerned about meeting the English language requirement due to coronavirus (COVID-19). What should I do?

We are aware that a large number of English language test centres around the world are currently closed, and that many candidates will not be able to take a test before July.

Therefore, the Chevening English language requirement has been removed for 2020/2021 applicants. You will not need to provide evidence that you meet the Chevening English language requirement to be eligible for an award.

Candidates will still need to meet the requirements of their chosen university and secure an unconditional offer from one of their three course choices by the Chevening deadline.

Can I do a pre-sessional English course?

Please note that pre-sessional English courses are not permitted under Chevening policy, and this rule remains in place for 2020/2021 applicants. Offer letters that include a pre-sessional English course will not be considered ‘unconditional’ and will not meet the Chevening requirement.

I am concerned about getting an unconditional offer from one of my university choices due to coronavirus (COVID-19). What should I do?

By 16 July, candidates must have received an unconditional offer from one of their three chosen universities and courses. If you have concerns about your offer, contact your chosen universities directly for further information. Please note that the Secretariat and embassy or high commission in your country will not contact universities on your behalf. Candidates will not be able to choose a fourth course if they fail to secure an unconditional offer for one of their three courses agreed at interview.

FAQs for Chevening Fellows not yet on award

I am a Chevening Fellow and was due to start my award soon. Will my fellowship still go ahead as scheduled?

At this current time, we are liaising closely with local British embassies/high commissions, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and host institutions to make arrangements for Chevening Fellowships due to commence soon.

As information regarding this topic is updated, it will be communicated to awardees directly via email. Please continue to check your emails regularly for updates.

We thank you for your understanding and ongoing patience during this time.

FAQs for Chevening Alumni

I am a 2018-2019 scholar (a new alumnus) still in the UK. I am unable to return home but my visa is expiring/has expired. What do I do?

The Home Office has published guidance on GOV.UK on immigration provisions for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19).

No individual who is in the UK legally, but whose visa is due to, or has already expired, and who cannot leave because of travel restrictions related to COVID-19, will be regarded as an overstayer, or suffer any detriment in the future.

Please read the government’s advice to temporary residents on visas due to expire between 24 January and 31 July 2020. Please take all necessary action as set out in the advice.

I haven’t been able to complete my CAPF project this year due to coronavirus (COVID-19). What should I do?

We understand that the current situation may make it difficult for you to complete any remaining activities or events from your 2019-20 CAPF project. If this is the case, please speak to the Chevening contact at your local British embassy or high commission as soon as possible so that they can provide you with further information.

When will I hear about the results of this year’s CAPF bids?

We are aware that CAPF decisions for the 2020-2021 financial year still need to be communicated and ask for your patience as we prioritise the ongoing crisis.

What options are available to scholars and fellows currently on award in the UK?

We know that this is a worrying time for our scholars and fellows in the UK and that there is a lot of information to digest. Current scholars and fellows can return to their home countries if they wish to and are able to do so, and Chevening will cover the reasonable cost of an economy flight.

UK universities are currently working hard to continue to deliver teaching online, enabling scholars to finish their award through distance learning.

How is the Secretariat supporting current scholars and fellows?

All scholars and fellows in the UK have been contacted via email with information about the support available to them during this time. We also have a dedicated page with information for current awardees. Scholars with specific concerns relating to their award can contact their Programme Officer – UK, who will be happy to help.

Will interviews for 2020/2021 Chevening Awards continue to go ahead?

Information about interviews for 2020/2021 Chevening Awards can be found here.

How can I support other members of the Chevening community?

Thank you to all of you who are reaching out to support other Cheveners during this period. Please keep in touch with alumni and scholars you know to find out how they are doing and offer a friendly ear.

If you are not yet part of your local alumni group, get in touch using the details on our website so that you can join in with what they are doing.

Please also join or log into our online channels – Chevening Connect, Facebook, and LinkedIn where you can connect with other alumni remotely, and also keep in touch with us at the Secretariat.

I want to start a project with other alumni to support those affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Can I use the Chevening brand?

We are encouraged to see many alumni wanting to work together to support those affected by coronavirus. If you want to use Chevening branding for an alumni-run project, please email communications@chevening.org, outlining the project and the branding that you would need. We will respond to you as soon as possible. Only approved requests may use Chevening branding.

Will the Secretariat remain open now that the UK has entered lockdown?

All Secretariat staff (including the Chevening Alumni team) are now working from home. We’d still love to hear from you if you have good news to share, or stories about alumni working through the current situation together. You can contact us via email on alumni@chevening.org and we will respond as soon as possible.

FAQs for current Chevening Scholars or Fellows in the UK

I am a current Chevening Scholar or Fellow in the UK. Where can I find information about how coronavirus (COVID-19) affects me and my award?

We have a dedicated page that is being updated regularly on our website here. You will find further information about your award, travel, and your overall wellbeing on this page.

Please also check your emails regularly for specific information which will be communicated to you directly.

I have been conditionally selected for a Chevening Fellowship but I have not heard from my Programme Officer yet, what should I do?

We are continuing to work with Chevening Fellowship host institutions and discuss next steps for the delivery of all programmes impacted by COVID-19. The Chevening Secretariat will contact you with any significant updates as soon as more information is available. In the meantime, we thank you for your continued patience.

I have been selected a reserve candidate for a Chevening Fellowship but I have not heard if I have been upgraded, what should I do?

We are continuing to work with Chevening Fellowship host institutions and discuss next steps for the delivery of all programmes impacted by COVID-19. You will be contacted by the Chevening Secretariat to confirm if you have been upgraded as soon as possible, and we thank you for your continued patience in the meantime.