Home Fellowships, Studentship & Scholarships Chevening Fully-funded UK Government Scholarships 2020/2021

The Chevening Scholarship is an international scholarship provided by UK Government which enable future leaders to study in the UK, whilst joining a global community of professionals who are creating positive change around the world. Chevening enables outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK. Chevening Scholarships are very competitive.

Eligibility

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 programme at a UK university by the time you submit your application. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK but may be different depending on your course and university choice.
  • Have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience.
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 15 July 2021.

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 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 organisations are eligible to apply, but cannot receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organisation 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.

Work experience

You must ensure that you meet the minimum work-experience requirement for the scholarship before submitting your Chevening application. Chevening Scholarships require that applicants have at least two years of work experience.

If you do not already have the required level of work experience, you will be unable to submit your application.

Eligible types of work experience

The types of work experience that are eligible for Chevening can include:

  • Full-time employment
  • Part-time employment
  • Voluntary work
  • Paid or unpaid internships

Courses

Your Chevening application must list three courses, and they must be courses that are eligible for a Chevening Scholarship.

English language requirement

The Chevening English language requirement has been removed for applicants applying to study from 2020/2021 onwards.

Candidates will still need to meet all requirements from their chosen university and secure an unconditional offer from one of their three course choices by the Chevening deadline.

Application timeline
  • APPLICATIONS OPEN AT 12:00 BST: 3 SEPTEMBER 2020
  • APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT 12:00 GMT: 3 NOVEMBER 2020
  • APPLICATIONS ARE SIFTED AGAINST ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: 4 NOVEMBER 2020
  • READING COMMITTEE ASSESSMENTS: MID-NOVEMBER TO DECEMBER 2020
  • APPLICANTS SHORTLISTED FOR INTERVIEWS: EARLY TO MID-FEBRUARY 2021
  • REFERENCES AND EDUCATION DOCUMENTS DEADLINE: 22 FEBRUARY 2021
  • INTERVIEWS TAKE PLACE: 1 MARCH TO 30 APRIL 2021
  • RESULTS: FROM EARLY JUNE 2021
  • OFFER DEADLINE: 15 JULY 2021
  • STUDIES BEGIN IN THE UK: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021.

Required documents

All Chevening applicants must submit their education documents, references, and one unconditional UK university offer. The deadlines for these required documents are in the application timeline.

If you are eventually conditionally selected for a Chevening Scholarship, it is essential that you have submitted these documents in order to remain in the process.

Value of Scholarship

A full Chevening Scholarship normally comprises:

  • Payment of tuition fees.
  • 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.
Application

Applications for 2021/2022 Chevening Scholarships will open on 3 September 2020 , at 12:00 (GMT).


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