Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world. The application deadline is November 6 2018.
Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders and influencers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.
To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:
Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
Have at least two years’ work experience (this may be up to five years for fellowship programmes, so please refer to your country page for further details)
Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 11 July 2019
Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 11 July 2019
English Language Requirement:
In order to receive a Chevening Award, all applicants must demonstrate that they have fulfilled the Chevening English language requirement by 11 July 2019. We advise all applicants to ensure they have fulfilled the English language requirement as early as possible by either:
Taking an English language test
Claiming an exemption based on the UKVI exempt categories
If you fail to demonstrate that you have met the required English language level by 11 July 2019 or fail to prove that you qualify for an exemption, your application will not be successful.
English language tests
You are free to take tests more than once in order to meet the Chevening English language requirement. Please note that Chevening does not pay for costs associated with English language testing. You are responsible for booking and paying for costs associated with these tests.
Chevening accepts English language tests from five providers:
Pearson PTE Academic
C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English: Advanced [CAE])
Trinity ISE II (B2)
The English language test must have been taken from one of these providers on or after 1 October 2017. If you do not already have an existing eligible test certificate, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have booked a test date so that you can obtain the required results.
Choose your three courses carefully. You will not be able to change your course choices after submitting your application, unless you are granted permission to do so at the interview stage. You will need to apply separately to your selected courses directly via the university. To be awarded a scholarship, you must get an unconditional offer for one of your course choices by 11 July 2019.
Applicants will need to select three different master’s courses. These can be three different courses at the same institution, or three similar courses across up to three different universities.
In order to be eligible, the courses you choose must be:
Start in the autumn term (usually September/October)
Taught master’s (i.e. not research-focused MRes programmes)
Lead to a master’s degree qualification
Based in the UK
Courses cannot be:
Less than nine months in duration
More than 12 months in duration
PhD or DPhil are not permitted
Taught with more than one month of study outside the UK
Use the course finder to browse eligible master’s degrees at every university across the UK.
University tuition fees
a monthly stipend
travel costs to and from the UK
an arrival allowance
a homeward departure allowance
the cost of one visa application
a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK.
Prior to starting your application for a Chevening Scholarship please ensure you have the following ready:
Valid passport/national ID card
University transcripts and degree certificates (undergraduate, postgraduate)
Three different UK master’s course choices
Names of two referees who know you in a professional or academic capacity
Chevening Scholarships 2019/2020 timeline
6 August 2018
Applications open at 12:00 BST
Apply via your country page at
6 November 2018
Applications close at 12:00 GMT
From 7 November 2018
Sifting of applications against eligibility
Applicants are notified that they have been selected for interview.
1 March 2019
Deadline for applicants invited to interview to submit references and undergraduate certificates. Read about what we require from your references .
Global interview period
Early June 2019
Announcement of interview results
11 July 2019
Deadline for UK university conditional offers
11 July 2019
Deadline for meeting English language requirement
Read about Chevening’s English language requirement .
2019/2020 Chevening Scholars commence their studies in the UK.
Visit the Official webpage of the Chevening UK Government Scholarships Programme 2018/2019 for more information.ς