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 […]

Can I bring my family with me?

The Chevening Secretariat strongly discourages fellows from bringing dependants with them to the UK. Award allowances are calculated to cover the fellow’s costs only. Fellows will be solely responsible for all welfare and financial arrangements for any accompanying dependants.

Can I extend my fellowship?

Extensions are only granted in exceptional circumstances and subject to funding. They are not automatic, and should not be assumed.

Am I permitted to take a leave of absence during the fellowship?

Only if it is approved by both the Secretariat and your host institution in advance. In this event, the following entitlement applies: 3 month fellowship duration – up to 7 days travel outside of the UK 6 month fellowship duration – up to 14 days travel outside of the UK 9 months fellowship duration – up to […]

Can I work whilst studying?

As a Chevening Scholar, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) expects your priority to be your studies, but they do acknowledge that gaining some work experience in the UK can be beneficial for your career and overall experience. However you must ensure that any work you do is within the conditions of your visa, […]

I have a personal contribution, who do I pay this to?  

If you are required to make a personal contribution to your tuition fees, it will be written in your final award letter. Your university will invoice you directly for your contribution and it is your responsibility to make the payment and meet any payment terms. If after receiving your invoice, you are unclear about how […]

My university is asking me to pay a tuition fee deposit, what should I do?

Some universities require a tuition fee deposit either because you have deferred your place from the previous year or to secure your unconditional offer. Generally, Chevening will not pay this deposit and it is your responsibility to secure your university offer. In some cases the university may be able to postpone payment of the deposit if […]

Can I defer my fellowship?

Deferrals are only granted in specific and exceptional circumstances. For more information please review the fellowship terms and conditions.

How will I receive my FAL?

Once I have created your final award letter it will be sent to your embassy or high commission, who will stamp and sign it before sending you the official copy.