Scholarships are more valuable than ever before. If you have been dreaming of doing your postgraduate studies in the UK, you may have come across the Chevening Scholarship — but just what is it, and how can you apply?
Applications are now open for the 2021/2022 Chevening Scholarship. First, here’s a quick breakdown of all you need to know.
What is the Chevening Scholarship?
The Chevening Scholarship is the UK government’s international awards programme for international students to obtain a master’s degree. It is primarily funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Recipients are called Cheveners, and they form a global network of leaders and innovators across a variety of fields.
The UK government awards 700 scholarships to students from over 110 countries every year; many end up at top universities and excel in their programme. Launched in 1983, this award scheme has provided the launchpad for 50,000 professionals to level up academically in the UK.
An important point to note is that the Chevening Scholarship is different from the Chevening Fellowship. One similarity is annual recipients for both awards are selected by British embassies and high commissions around the world. We will be focusing on the Chevening Scholarship in this article.
What does this scholarship cover?
Recipients consider themselves lucky as the Chevening Scholarship covers:
- 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
Will I get to work in the UK after graduating?
Not immediately. As part of the agreement, you must return to your country of citizenship for at least two years after your award has ended. After that point, you could apply for a work visa; having a UK education would strengthen your case.
Am I eligible for the Chevening Scholarship?
So, are you Chevener material? If you have the “passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future,” then the answer is yes. Before applying, though, make sure you fulfill these eligibility criteria:
- Completed an undergraduate degree
- Have at least two years of work experience, including full-time and part-time employment, voluntary work, and paid or unpaid internships (equivalent to 2,800 hours)
- Applied to three different eligible UK university courses and received an unconditional offer to join at least one by July 15, 2021.
You can check if there is a Chevening award in your country and apply here.
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