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 […]
Your referees do not need to still be employed by the company you worked for. The important thing is that they can comment on your skills in leadership and networking; personal, intellectual, and interpersonal qualities; and ability to complete a demanding academic programme in the UK.
No, you cannot write your own reference.
References not written in English must be translated and notarised by an official translator. Any unofficial translations will not be accepted.
You should aim to submit references from those listed in your application. However, Chevening may accept different references in extenuating circumstances.
You can use the same referees if necessary and they may provide the same reference letters, but we recommend asking the referees to update them so that they accurately reflect your current skills and abilities.
Reference letters do not need to have handwritten signatures, but the British embassy or high commission may contact your referees for verification.
Interview slots are available on a first-come-first-served basis. We therefore suggest you book your interview as soon as possible.
All Chevening Scholarships, including those co-funded with partners, are fully administered by the Chevening Secretariat. The Secretariat makes payments to scholars (e.g. monthly stipends, flight costs and arrival allowances) and invoices the partner for its contribution to the partnership. This ensures the partnership award scholars receive the same support as other Chevening Scholars so that they identify […]
If you have received an email to say that you’ve been conditionally selected for an award, congratulations! Your programme officer will be in touch shortly with your Conditional Award Letter (CAL). However, there may be a slight delay between when you receive the email and when your programme officer contacts you, so please be patient. […]