Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities.

Find out more by reading an interview with our 2014-2015 Chevening Scholar, Linh from Vietnam.


To be eligible for a Chevening Award, you must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there for a minimum of two years after your Chevening Award has finished.
  • Hold a degree that is equivalent to or higher than an upper-second class (2:1) honours degree in the UK before applying.
  • Have completed at least two years' work experience before applying. This can include voluntary work and paid or unpaid internships.
  • Meet the Chevening English language requirement.
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses (unless otherwise specified in your award category) and receive at least one unconditional offer for one of the three courses.
  • Have at least two referees. Think carefully about whom you wish to select as your two academic/professional referees, as you will be asked to write their details on your application form. You can find more information in the references section of our FAQs.
  • Not hold British citizenship or dual British citizenship, unless you are a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or hold BN(O) and are applying from Hong Kong.
  • Not have previously studied in the UK under a UK government-funded scholarship.
  • Not be an employee, relative of employee, or former employee (since July 2012) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Trade and Investment, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office), the British Council, a partner, a sponsoring UK university, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

How to apply

Applications are usually open between August and November each year and are submitted online exclusively through the .

Separately, you must also apply for your Keele university course - we recommend that you do this before or at the same time as applying for a Chevening Scholarship.