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Chevening Scholarship

Scholarships to Canada, Israel, and International
Individuals for Postgraduate Studies in the UK

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) - Chevening

Deadline Date:

11/07/19 12:00 GMT


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Scholarships to Canada, Israel, and International individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree to pursue studies toward a Master's degree at a UK university. This scholarship program is intended to assist emerging leaders from all over the world in developing professionally and academically, networking extensively, experiencing UK culture, and building lasting positive relationships within the UK.

Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders to pursue one-year master’s degrees at any university in the UK.

Because these scholarships are fully-funded (flights, accommodation, and course fees are all included), scholarship awardees are free to focus on achieving their professional goals and maximizing the experience of a lifetime. 

Eligible courses selected must be full-time, and:

  •  Start in the autumn term (usually September/October)
  •  Taught master’s (i.e. not research-focused MRes programs)
  •  Lead to a master’s degree qualification
  •  Based in the UK

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GrantWatch ID#: 175165

Estimated Size of Grant:

A full Chevening Scholarship normally comprises:

- Payment of tuition fees (There is a fee cap applied to MBA programmes that requires Chevening Scholars to cover any additional cost over £18,000.)
- Economy travel to and from your country of residence by an approved route for you only.
- An arrival allowance.
- The cost of an entry clearance (visa) application for you only.
- A departure allowance.
- A contribution of up to £75 for TB testing, where this is required.
- A travel top-up allowance.
- A monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover accommodation and living expenses. The monthly stipend will depend on whether you are studying inside or outside of London. These rates are subject to annual review. Stipend payments will be made to you on or around the 21st of the month for the following full month. Where you arrive in the UK or leave the UK partway through the month, the stipend for that month will be adjusted as appropriate.

Term of Contract:

2020/2021 Chevening Scholars commence their studies in the UK September/October 2020.

A Chevening Scholarship is tenable for 12 months only but may terminate sooner in circumstances where your course is less than 12 months in length. Chevening Scholarships may not be extended beyond 12 months unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Stipend payments will only be made for the duration of your course. Should you choose to leave the UK prior to the end date noted on your award letter, stipend payments will stop on the date you depart from the UK.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:

- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory.
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended.
- Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate program at a UK university by the time you submit your application. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honors degree in the UK.
- Have at least two years of work experience. (See the link to Work Experience in Pre-Application Information below.)
- Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 16 July 2020.
- Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 16 July 2020. (For more information about English language requirements and exemptions, see the link to English Language Requirement in Pre-Application Information below.)

You are not eligible for a Chevening Scholarship if you:

- Hold British or dual British citizenship (unless you are a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or hold BN(O) and are applying from Hong Kong).
- Hold refugee status in a non-Chevening eligible country. Applicants who are citizens of a Chevening-eligible country and who hold refugee status in a Chevening-eligible country are eligible for a scholarship.
- Are an employee, a former employee, or relative* of an employee (since July 2017) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British embassies/high commissions; the Department for International Development; the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; Department for International Trade; the Ministry of Defence; and the Home Office), or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
- Employees, former employees, or relatives* of an employee (since July 2017) of Chevening Partner organizations are eligible to apply, but cannot receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organization from which they work, previously worked, or are affiliated with through relatives.
- Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship.

*Relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or step-siblings, children or step-children, spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner (where the couple have been in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years).

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:

- Applications open: 12:00 BST on August 5, 2019
- Applications close: 12:00 GMT on November 5, 2019
- Sifting of applications against eligibility criteria: November 6, 2019
- Reading committee assessments: Mid-November to December 2019
- Applicants shortlisted for interviews: Early to mid-February 2020
- References and Education Documents Deadline: 12:00 GMT (noon) on February 25, 2020
- Interviews take place: March 2 to May 1, 2020
- Results are announced: From early June 2020
- Deadline for English language requirement and UK university unconditional offer: 5:00 PM BST on July 16, 2020
- 2020/2021 Chevening Scholars commence their studies in the UK: September/October 2020

If you are shortlisted to interview for a Chevening Scholarship, you will be invited to attend an interview in the city/town where the British embassy or high commission has a representation. You are required to attend a face-to-face interview in the country/territory to which you have applied. You must be prepared to travel to the interview in the first instance. (Only in exceptional circumstances are Skype interviews permitted. This is where security restrictions prevent an applicant from travelling to the country/territory to which they applied, or where there is no British embassy or high commission in the country/territory.) The global interview period for 2020/2021 Chevening Scholarships will run from 2 March to 1 May 2020.

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