References are an integral part of Chevening’s selection process. You must supply the names of two referees when you submit your application.

If your application is progressed to the next stage of the process, you will be required to upload two reference letters to the online application system by 12:00 GMT (noon) on 25 February 2020. We will not accept references that are sent directly to the Chevening Secretariat or to your local British embassy/high commission. However, the British embassy or high commission in your home country may request that you bring original hard copies of your references with you to interview. You will receive further guidance on this if you are invited to interview.

Who can be a referee?

Please select your referees carefully; they should be people who can comment on your general suitability to receive a Chevening Scholarship. Referees should be known to you, either in an academic or professional capacity. They should not be a relative or close personal friend.

When approaching your referees, please direct them to the guidance section below as it contains important information about what they should include in their reference. We also recommend that you ask them to be a referee as early as possible in order to ensure that they have enough time to complete their reference.

Instructions for referees

Since references will be reviewed by the British embassy/high commission during the latter stages of the selection process, it is important to provide as much relevant detail as possible to support the applicant.

References must be written in English. If your reference is not written in English, the applicant will not be considered for a Chevening Scholarship.

Your reference 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, etc…)
  3. When did you last have 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.
    • Ability to complete a demanding academic programme in the UK.

Further guidance

More helpful information for your application

Apply for an award