FAQs

What’s the difference between FCO and FCDO?

The new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will unite development and diplomacy in one new department that brings together the best of Britain’s international effort and will demonstrate the UK acting as a force for good in the world. Any reference to the FCO prior to 2 Sept 2020 refers to the Foreign and […]

How do I submit references in support of my application?

You are required to supply the contact details of two referees when you submit your application. If your application is progressed, you must upload two references to the online application system by 12:00 GMT on 22 February 2021. Read about what we require from your references. Please note, fellows who are shortlisted for programmes following […]

When do I have to upload all of my supporting documents?

After you have submitted your application, you can log back into the application system to upload your supporting documents. If you are invited to interview, you will be required to upload your education documents and your reference letters by 22 February 2021. For more information, please see the application timeline. (Scholars only) Please note, fellows […]

Why am I not receiving emails from Chevening?

Some internet email providers automatically direct emails from Chevening to your spam/junk mail folders. To ensure that emails we are sending you are not ending up in these folders, please put our email address, which for application messaging is on your ‘allowlist’. If you have subscribed to the Alphagram newsletter and are not receiving […]

What should be included in my reference letters?

Your reference letters should cover the following: 1) How long have you known the applicant? 2) In what capacity do you know the applicant? (e.g. professional, educational, supervisory, voluntary, religious) 3) When you last had regular contact with the applicant 4) A brief overall endorsement of the applicant, including their: Skills in leadership and networking Personal, intellectual, and interpersonal qualities […]