Chevening Scholarships are offered by the UK government to international students, aimed at supporting the development of global leaders for the future. Chevening financial aid scheme was founded in 1983 and offers scholarships and fellowships. Fellowships are granted to students selected by British Embassies and High Commissions from all over the world.
Applications for Chevening Scholarships are open between 7 August and 7 November 2017. The selection process can last up to eight months since the application deadline. The eligibility criteria include having an undergraduate degree equivalent to an UK upper second-class 2:1 honours degree. Candidates must also have at least two years of work experience and having received by 12 July 2018, an offer to study at an UK university. Students can only apply for three postgraduate programs at the same university or at different universities. The programs must be full time, based in UK and start in autumn.
In order to receive a Chevening Scholarship, students must be willing to return to their country for at least two years after being awarded the scholarship. The scholarships are not offered to students from any country. In order to verify if your country is eligible, check the list of countries on this web page.
Another important eligibility criteria is the English language requirements. Candidates must provide a certificate obtained from one of the following English tests: Academic IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE Academic, Trinity ISE II (B2) or Cambridge English Advanced. The test must have been taken after 1 October 2016. The minimum scores for each test are listed on the Chevening website and you can find them on this link.
Candidates considered eligible will be listed for the interviews which will be held between 5 Marsh 2018 and 2 May 2018, at the British Embassies or High Commissions in the countries where the candidates reside. After 2 May 2018, the results of the interviews will be announced to candidates.
Chevening Scholarships are highly competitive, so make sure that if you apply for them, you have other student grants back-up plans.
If your country does not figure among those eligible for this scholarship and have difficulties finding another scholarship for your postgraduate degree, you should know that student grants are not the only solution for the high cost of tertiary education. Obtaining an online college degree is a viable option and a more accessible one. Universities from all over the world offer postgraduate students the opportunity yo get an online college degree. The most important advantage, apart from the lower costs, consists in schedule flexibility.