Fully Funded UK Chevening Scholarships 2021/2022: Chevening UK Scholarships are provided by the British government’s flagship scholarship programme for postgraduate students in the UK.
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Chevening provides full funding for one-year master’s degrees at UK universities. You can apply for a Chevening Scholarship for the 2022/2023 academic year from 3 August 2021.
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What is Chevening?
Chevening is the UK government’s international leadership programme. It aims to develop global leaders across a range of professions who can use their knowledge, skills, and networks to positively change their sectors, communities, and countries.
Chevening is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations and it offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships (for one year master’s degrees) and Chevening Fellowships (for bespoke short courses).
Fully Funded Chevening Scholarships and Fellowships are highly competitive, only 2-3% of those who apply are eventually selected, therefore, to be selected for an award is a mark of potential and of prestige
If you are ambitious, focused and motivated, and realise that a qualification from Britain will help take you to the top in your career, consider applying for a Chevening UK Scholarship.
The British Council manages the scholarship programme on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Each year hundreds of international students are carefully selected for the scholarships through competitive interviews.
Drawn from both the public and private sectors, they are individuals who hope to play a key role in their countries’ future.
Why would your staff be interested in a scholarship or fellowship?
Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience the UK’s culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.
They will earn a postgraduate qualification (as scholars) or a programme completion certificate (as fellows) from a globally-recognised UK academic institution
They will gain practical experience that can help enhance their careers
They will broaden their horizons, and learn new ways of thinking
They will expand their network, and develop contacts from the UK and all around the world
They will develop interpersonal skills that will enhance their confidence, leadership ability, and critical thinking
Chevening Scholarships and Fellowships are fully-funded, meaning that successful applicants do not pay for their courses, flights, or accommodation. After their studies in the UK, Cheveners (as we call them) are expected to return to their home countries and contribute to positive change. They become life-long members of a global community of over 50,000 leading professionals including presidents, CEOs, social entrepreneurs, academics, and creatives.
If you would like to advertise these opportunities in your organisation, please get in touch with your local British embassy, high commission, or consulate, as they may have leaflets and posters that they can supply you with.
How do employers benefit from Chevening?
The Chevening application process can take up to a year. It typically involves submitting a comprehensive application, several rounds of screening and shortlisting, an interview at the British embassy or high commission, and the submission of paperwork relating to references, university offers, visas, and English language test scores. It is truly a test of organisation, commitment, and determination.
Having beaten off 98% of applicants to win an award, some successful applicants are unable to convince their employers to allow them to take the time off work to take up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There are many reasons why Chevening is not only great for the applicant, it’s good news for their employers too:
Training funded by Chevening:The cost of a master’s course worth thousands of pounds is fully-funded by Chevening. Whilst they are in the UK, Cheveners also benefit from a range of professional skills training options focused on leadership, presenting and influencing, and creative problem solving.
Better qualified employee:Workforces want to recruit and retain the best candidates. Chevening enables employees to upskill and return with a new qualification, which could give their employers a competitive edge.
Global contacts: With nearly 2,000 professionals from all over the world undertaking this programme every year, and a global community of over 50,000 professionals spanning every sector imaginable, who knows which contacts your employee may have easy access to through Chevening.
Prestige: As being awarded a Chevening Scholarship or Fellowship is a huge achievement, there is a level of prestige and recognition that comes with having a Chevener working for you. We often profile the great work our alumni get up to back in their home countries, which could also result in good PR for your organisation.
Some employers are such keen supporters of Chevening that they even fund some of scholarships, often as part of their corporate social responsibility strategy. If your organisation is interested in finding out more, please read about Chevening Partnerships
What happens after their time in the UK ends?
Cheveners are required to return home after their award has ended and before their UK visa expires. It is not Chevening’s intention for our scholars or fellows to remain in the UK. This mutual understanding about returning home that exists between Chevening and our scholars and fellows means that a large number of them look forward to returning to their organisations, and putting their new knowledge, skills, and networks to good use
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.
Have a track record of high performance
Demonstrate ambition, creativity and innovation
Be available to study for at least 1 year in the UK
There is no upper age limit to apply!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 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 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. Once submitted, applications undergo an electronic sift against eligibility criteria. Any applications deemed ineligible will be removed from the selection process. Please see the list of common errors (links below).If you make these errors in your application form, your application will be ineligible.
Please note that once your application has been submitted, it is not possible to change it retrospectively.
The scholarship application process & requirements:
Interested candidates should forward an application letter demonstrating the above criteria and including details of:
Fully Funded Chevenin Scholarships – The Placement Process:
British Council will facilitate selected candidates’ applications to UK higher education institutions. Candidates who have already made applications direct to UK institutions should provide details at interview.
Once UK institutions have confirmed acceptance, the British Council will provide comprehensive face to face briefings to successful candidates. This includes information about living and studying in UK; the support candidates receive during their studies; the entitlements payable under the scheme, including full academic fees, international airfares and living allowances in UK.
British Council will facilitate candidates’ departure arrangements, including UK visa applications and travel arrangements.
Chevening Scholarships Application Timelines: Application deadline varies depending on the country you came from