Scholarships placement timeline for 2023/2024 scholars
The placement timeline is as follows:
* A FAL is the final confirmation of your award. FALs are generated by the Chevening Secretariat in London and sent to the relevant embassy/high commission who will then sign the document and contact you to confirm collection. Please be aware that this process can take several weeks and the Secretariat are unable to expedite the process. Therefore, we ask that you wait patiently to be contacted.
Once you receive your FAL you should:
- Send a copy of your FAL to your university so that they can issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to you. If your university sent you a CAS before you received your FAL, you should still send them a copy of the FAL so that they can update their records.
- Apply for your visa to study in the UK; you need a CAS and FAL before you can start the visa application process. More information on how to do this can be found on our visa application page. Start looking for and/or confirm your accommodation choices in the UK. Your university will have lots of information on the different accommodation options available nearby. Please note that it is a scholar’s responsibility to apply for the visa – neither the Secretariat nor your high commission or embassy will be able to assist with this and the application must be completed by the scholar.
- Follow the Secretariat’s instructions on how to book your flight to the UK, which will be done through our dedicated travel agent. Information about this process will be sent later in the summer.
- Attend a pre-departure briefing event in your home country. Details of this will be provided to you by your embassy or high commission. You are likely to receive your cash card at this event.
- Join the closed Chevening Facebook group and connect with your Chevening colleagues! Details of how to join the group will be shared later in the summer.
Please be aware that:
- Every programme officer – UK (POUK) is responsible for approximately 150 confirmed awardees, but the number of candidates that go through the placement process is even higher.
- The office is extremely busy between June and August and is open from Monday and Friday, between 09:00 and 17:00 (BST).
- You can normally expect a reply to an email within three working days (this does not include weekends).
- You should send your documents in separate files and in PDF file format, with all necessary pages, so that we are able to process them quickly.
- You must always include your Chevening ID when emailing your programme officer – UK (this will be in the format XXCV-2023-XXX or XXCB-2023-XXX).
- When can I expect to receive a response to my email?
- You can expect to hear from us within 3-5 working days from when you first contact us (excluding weekends).
- What are the opening hours of the Secretariat?
- Chevening works standard business hours 09:00-17:00 (BST) Monday-Friday. Emails received out of these hours and during the weekend will not be seen until the next working day.
- I do not have the password for my Conditional Award Letter – how do I get this?
- The password for this was given to you in the message you received from the application system – please check this.
- I haven’t received an email confirming my documents have been received. What should I do?
- Do not send them again or send a chasing email – you will get a response once the documents have been processed. If there are any issues with them, you will be informed and asked for further information.
- I had a question that is not in the Conditional Award Letter but have not had a response – what should I do?
- Do not send them again or send a chasing email – you will get a response as soon as possible.
- I cannot convert my files to PDF – what should I do?
- Please do try to convert them to PDF. If you do not send them in PDF format it may slow down the process for you.
- I need help with my accommodation – what should I do?
- Speak to your university – they are best placed to assist you. You can also find further information about accommodation on our website.
- I haven’t received my FAL yet – can you help expedite it?
- Once the FAL has been created it will be sent to your High Commission or Embassy to be signed. It will then be sent to you. Your Programme Officer cannot speed up this process unfortunately.
- I have applied for my visa but haven’t received it yet – can you help speed up the process?
- Please make sure that you complete the survey that was sent to you in the email regarding your Final Award Letter. This will allow us to inform the UKVI that you are a Chevening Scholar and that you have applied for your visa.