Chevening Scholarships 2020/2021

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Study in the UK

Since 1983, Chevening has brought over 50,000 exceptional professionals from around the world to study in the UK through scholarships and fellowships funded by the UK government. This unique opportunity has helped to elevate careers, transform communities, shift and deepen perspectives, and build intercontinental bridges.

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Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from all over the world to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.

Chevening provides fully-funded scholarships, leaving you free to focus on achieving your academic goals and enjoying the experience of a lifetime. You will live and study in the UK for a year, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, grow your network, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

What is included?

As Chevening Scholarships are fully-funded, your award includes the following:

  • 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

Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarship?

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
  • Have at least two years of work experience
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses by 16 July 2020
  • Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 16 July 2020

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

You do not need to meet the work experience requirement in one period of employment. Applicants can submit up to ten different employment periods in order to meet the requirement. If you have held more than ten positions then please enter the periods which make up the greatest number of hours worked.

How to calculate your work experience

The minimum number of hours an applicant must have before applying for a Chevening Scholarship is as follows:

  • Chevening Scholarships – two years’ work experience = 2,800 hours

English language tests

Chevening accepts English language tests from five providers:

  • Academic IELTS (overall score of 6.5)
  • Pearson PTE Academic (overall score of 58)
  • TOEFL iBT (overall score of 79)
  • C1 Advanced (overall score of 176)
  • Trinity ISE II (B2) (overall pass)



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*** Applications for Chevening Scholarships to study in the UK in 2020/2021 are open until 5 November 2019.


The global interview period for 2020/2021 Chevening Scholarships will run from 2 March to 1 May 2020.

Prior to attending your interview, and by 12:00 GMT (noon) on 25 February 2020, you will be asked to upload the following documents to the online application system:

  • Education documents (copies of your certificates and/or transcripts)
  • Two reference letters
  • A short biography that tells us more about you

You will need the following documents to take to your interview:

  • Passport/national ID

Additional documents may be requested in some countries. You will be informed about this in the email inviting you to interview.

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