Common errors in applications

Below are examples of the most common errors that Chevening applicants have made in their application form. As a result of these errors, applications are deemed ineligible and applicants are not taken through to the next stage of the competition.

If you have been informed of your ineligible status, please refer to the below to understand what error you may have made.


Applicants must correctly answer all parts of the eligibility pre-screen in order to access the application form. An incorrect answer to one of these questions would result in the applicant failing the pre-screen stage of the application form.

Application form

Applicants must correctly complete all parts of the application form to be considered eligible. Only eligible applications will be processed. Below are the sections of the application form where applicants have made the most common errors.

Personal details

Applicants who indicate they have dual citizenship from the United Kingdom cannot be considered for an award.

Work experience

Applicants who do not demonstrate they have the minimum number of hours of work experience cannot be considered for an award. Applicants are required to have worked a minimum of 2,800 hours. This can be calculated as 35 hours a week, 40 weeks a year, multiplied by two years.

This section of the form requires applicants to enter the number of hours worked in a week, the total weeks worked per year, and the total weeks worked for the entire period of each employment entered. Some common errors applicants made are:

  • Not meeting the minimum number of hours worked prior to submitting their application
  • Not entering the correct total number of weeks worked for each year of the employment
  • Entering unrealistic number of hours or weeks worked (e.g. 2,000 hours rather than 20 hours per week)
  • Entering the same work experience entry more than once
UK university

Applicants who enter duplicate courses at the same universities cannot be considered for an award.


This section of the application form requires the applicant to correctly answer a number of statements to be considered eligible. If an applicant is not able to confirm that these statements apply to them, they will be deemed ineligible

Applicants are asked to think carefully and select either of the two options available against each statement (e.g. ‘Yes’ or ‘No’).

This is an example of a statement that the applicant will be asked to answer: ‘I confirm that I am not employed (and have not been employed since 1 July 2016) in a permanent or temporary role in the following organisations; Her Majesty’s Government, the British Council, or the Association of Commonwealth Universities’. If an applicant answers ‘No’ then this indicates the applicant is employed by one of these institutions and therefore cannot be considered for an award.

Application questions word count

Applicants who do not meet the minimum word count for the application questions will not be considered for a Chevening Award.


All applications are run through plagiarism software, which compares the content of the application against sources online. If an applicant commits plagiarism, they will be disqualified. Applicants are allowed to insert quotations but must acknowledge the source as they would in an academic essay.

Use of English language

Applicants must complete the application form in English. If the application form is not completed in English, it will be deemed ineligible.