Chevening Scholarship (international students only)


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Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world* to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK. Whilst there is no ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, we are looking for the kind of people who have the passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future. Because these scholarships are fully-funded (flights, accommodation, and course fees are all included), you are free to focus on achieving your professional goals and maximising 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, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK. On completing your studies, you will leave the UK equipped with the knowledge and networks necessary to bring your own ideas to life. *US and UK citizens are not eligible, including students with dual nationality in the UK and any other country.

Who May Apply

To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory. See if you are eligible, based on citizenship, by searching for your home country in the search section on this page (scroll down toward the bottom).
  • 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 that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university by the time you submit your application. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK but may be different depending on your course and university choice.
  • Have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience.
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 15 July.

Application Pool Description

The program is highly competitive and receives applications from all countries and territories that are considered eligible.

Eligibility Limitations

Applicants must be citizens of one of the eligible countries (see above for link to search your nationality). Applicants also must have two years of full-time work experience (2,800 hours of work).

Award Description and Duration

A Chevening Scholarship covers the costs of pursuing a master’s degree in the UK, including travel and living costs. Typical awards are for two academic years.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the 2021-22 academic year was November 3, 2020.


In early to mid-february, applicants who have been shortlisted for interviews are notified and interviews are scheduled. Interviews are scheduled in March and April. Notification is in early June.

Special Note

In the UK, the word “course” is used to refer to a degree program (spelled “programme”). You will see the Chevening Scholarship site referring to “finding a course,” and that means finding a degree program.