Scholarships for International Students
Scholarships for International Students from Chevening the UK Governments International Scholarship Scheme which is designed to offer scholarships to students who have been identified as future leaders in their country.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the part of the UK government responsible for the Chevening scholarships, the leadership potential of students invited to study in the UK are selected by the British Embassy and High Commissions around the world.
Free UK Education
It's not just an excellent free UK education that Chevening scholars will get but the chance to experience living in the UK and meeting influencers who will be able to help them further their careers, Chevening scholars are a tight network of individuals who stay in contact with each other after their education and help each other in the years since they studied together, the Chevening alumni are on hand to mentor and help current Chevening scholars.
There are two types of Chevening award the Chevening Scholarships and the Chevening Fellowships that you can apply for online. International students should also read about studying abroad and the range of other scholarships available to international students including the Fulbright Scholarship, World Bank Free Scholarship, Birmingham University Scholarships, Harvard University Scholarships and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarships.
The Chevening Fellowship is actually the British Library Professional Fellowship Scholarship and is available to all countries of the world, after you make your application online, successful applicants will be contacted by the British Embassy or High Commission who ask you not to contact them if you haven't heard as many students visit the British Embassy to ask if they have been selected for a scholarship (only those selected will be informed).
Unconditional Offer From A UK University
To be accepted as a Chevening scholar your need an unconditional offer from a UK university the course you choose must be full time study (part time courses at a UK university are not included for scholarships) and your course must lead to the award of a Master's degree, it must be said that there are several course types that are not allowed to be selected for the Chevening award and these are distance learning courses where you do not have to attend class or university in the UK, courses that last for less than nine months or more than twelve months.
MBA Degree Fee's Paid Up To £18,000
Chevening will pay all course fees for an MBA degree up to £18,000 if your course costs more than this then you are welcome to still do the course and have Chevening pay up to the limit but you will have to pay the additional money yourself.
After you have completed your scholarship and obtained your Master's degree you must return to your own country for a minimum of two years, if you leave your country permanently (before the two year limit) then you would be expected to pay back the Chevening award buy after the two year limit you are free to settle permanently in any country you choose (visa conditions allowing).
To be offered an unconditional place at a UK university to study a Master's degree your need to have an undergraduate degree with at least an upper second class honours (2:1) or better, the undergraduate degree does not have to be from a UK university and can be from your own countries university. Your also need to have at least two year's work experience in order to be eligible for the Chevening award, so ideally your have completed your undergraduate degree and then gained employment in your own country for two years, ideally employed in a position relating to your undergraduate degree.
Apply To Three Different UK Universities
Your need to apply to three different UK universities as part of the application process but you will only need an unconditional offer from one of the universities, the other two offers may require you to achieve certain grades in your undergraduate degree (if you are still studying for your undergraduate degree) or the other UK universities may not even offer you a place as long as one unconditional place is offered you are eligible for application onto a Chevening degree programme.
English language Requirements
Your also need to be able to meet the English language requirements for Chevening which basically means that you can write in English and understand written and spoken English to a level that allows you to participate in class at a UK University because the university will conduct all their classes and activities in English and require you to do the same.
International Students Only
Because the Chevening award is for international students only you are actually not able to apply for a Chevening scholarship if you have a British passport or hold British citizenship, if you are a dual passport or citizenship holder then neither citizenship must be British, there are allowances for British Overseas passport holders, this is a special class of British passport issued in British Overseas territories.
Also applicants for Chevening cannot have family members who are an employee of the British Government or the British Ministry of Defence, both your relatives and you yourself must not have any connection to the British Government as this scholarship is for international students only. Also you or your relatives must not have any connection with a UK university.
Whilst Chevening scholarships will be awarded to international students who have previously studied in the UK, if you have received funding or scholarships from the UK government then you are ineligible for a Chevening scholarship, if however your previous study was paid for by yourself or your family or a non UK government source then you are welcome to apply for a Chevening scholarship.
If you have previously received a Chevening scholarship, you may apply for a Chevening Fellowship award as long as the scholarship finished at least five years previously.
Chevening Scholarship Application Questions
There are many reasons why a Chevening scholarship application may be refused, a few of the most common errors applicants make include not answering correctly on the pre-screen questions that are asked online before you are allowed to download the application form, your need to answer yes to questions like 'do you have a upper second class honours degree, have you completed two years of work experience which may include paid or unpaid intern work, do you want to be a future leader or decision maker in your own country'.
On the question are you a British Citizen you will need to answer that you are not as the Chevening award is only made to students who are not British citizens. Work experience is a requirement for the Chevening scholarship to be awarded and your need to have at least 2,800 hours of paid or unpaid work experience, this work experience can come from more than one job and the job could be volunteering or paid or as an internship, the 2,800 hours requirement amounts to thirty five hours work each week for forty weeks of the year. Be careful to correctly work out your hours worked each week as Chevening receive many wrong entries with students entering more hours worked each week than is possible, remember working extra hours than is required will not show any favour with Chevening its just important to show work experience and not an excessive number of hours.
Your need to provide a summary of your duties and your job title whilst you were in employment, its important to show that you worked in an area connected with the study you wish to do through Chevening, even if your work was not directly related to your Master's degree application, highlight main duties where you would have learned valuable skills that you can continue to use even after employment.
It's worth noting that you cannot apply to the same UK University twice, your three applications to university must all be different universities and even if the course you have applied for is different it must still be at a different UK university and not the same university, this is a very common mistake made on the scholarship application form.
Leadership And Influencing Skills
As part of the application form you are asked to write five hundred words on your leadership and influencing skills that you currently have, you might for example write about your employment and how you are in charge of a particular task and lead others in that task or you might want to write about voluntary work you do and how you lead others in that voluntary work, and example might be organising food distribution to those poorer than yourself, leading the teams and making sure all food is delivered.
It's important to write between fifty and five hundred words for this answer, any more or any less and your application will be disqualified, also whilst not a strict requirement make sure that you have checked your spelling as if the assessor is unsure if you should be considered for a scholarship or not, poor spelling is more likely to count against you.
It's very common on the internet to find examples of answers to use in your Chevening leadership question, by all means study these sample answers to give your ideas of what to write but don't use the same text word for word as the assessors see many applications each week and can easily recognise the same sentences that appear time and time again.
Sample Chevening Leadership Questions
A sample Chevening leadership answer would be 'for the past five years I have volunteered at my local Christian Hospital where I help patients to learn English, I find the work very rewarding helping long term patients learn a new skill, there are several other students that I have involved in this work and I arrange the lessons for all the students and lead them on how they should teach English, I liaise directly with the hospital director to make sure that my classes do not interrupt the busy workings of the hospital'.
The application form must be completed in English, if the form is not completed in English even if you have a local British Embassy or High Commission in your country who speak the local language your still need to complete the application in English, local language applications will be disqualified, remember that you will have to have an appropriate English language qualification in order to be accepted onto the Chevening programme so the application form is your first chance to show the Chevening assessor that you can write in English to a high standard.
Chevening English language Requirement
The Chevening English language requirement is that students can read, write and speak the English language so that they are not at disadvantage when attending a UK university to complete their Master's degree, students can take English language tests as many times as they like, failing an English language test and then taking the test again will in no way harm your chances of getting a Chevening scholarship.
All costs associated with taking an English language test must be paid for by the student or the students family, Chevening do not provide any money to reimburse the students for taking the English language tests even if the student is successful and goes on to receive a Chevening scholarship.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Students will need to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and get an overall score of 6.5 in the test, your need a minimum 5.5 score in listening, reading, speaking and writing or if you prefer you could take the Cambridge English Advanced (CEA) test in either its paper or computer based form and get an overall score of at least 176 with a minimum score of 162 in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Pearson Test of English (PTE)
Another English langue test accepted by Chevening is the Pearson Test of English (PTE) where your need an overall minimum score of at least 58 with a minimum score of 42 in listening, reading, speaking and writing. The final English language test that is acceptable to Chevening is the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet Based Test (IBT) where your need an overall minimum score of 79 with minimum scores of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.
English language IELTS, CAE, PTE or TOEFL Tests
Students will need to submit a copy of their English language IELTS, CAE, PTE or TOEFL test certificate as proof of passing and required before you complete the Chevening application form.