Chevening, the U.K. government’s prestigious international scholarships programme, provides scholarships that enable outstanding emerging leaders from more than 160 countries to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the United Kingdom. Citizens of most Arab countries are eligible to apply. The only exceptions are the six Gulf states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Scholars receive one year of funding to cover tuition and other expenses while pursuing a full-time, taught master’s degree. Research-focused degrees are not eligible for the award.
The programme is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and partner organisations. Whilst there is no “typical” Chevening Scholar, the programme is looking for people who have the passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future.
At the end of their scholarship, recipients will join a diverse community of over 55,000 global alumni. Chevening scholars will return home equipped with the knowledge and networks to bring their ideas to life and thrive in their careers.
The next scholarship application period will open on 12 September 2023.
7 November 2023
- University tuition fees.
- A monthly stipend.
- Travel costs to and from the U.K.
- An arrival allowance.
- A homeward departure allowance.
- The cost of one visa application.
- A travel grants to attend Chevening events in the U.K.
- Be fluent in English
- Be citizens of Chevening-eligible countries.
- Plan to return to their country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after their scholarship has ended
- Have completed an undergraduate degree that will enable them to gain admission to a postgraduate programme at a U.K. university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the U.K.
- Have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience.
- Have applied to three different eligible U.K. university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by July.
Note: Having a master’s degree does not prevent you from applying for a Chevening Award to study for a second master’s degree in the U.K., as long as you can explain why it will help you fulfil your career plan to influence positive change in your home country.
You are not eligible for a Chevening scholarship if you:
- Hold British or dual British citizenship (unless you are a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or hold BN(O) and are applying from Hong Kong).
- Hold refugee status in a non-Chevening eligible country. Applicants who are citizens of a Chevening-eligible country and who hold refugee status in a Chevening-eligible country are eligible for a scholarship.
- Are an employee, a former employee, or relative of an employee of the British government, or have been within the last two years from the opening of Chevening applications.
- Have previously studied in the U.K. with funding from a British government-funded scholarship.
How to Apply
After the application window opens on 12 September 2023, please complete the following steps (application timeline):
- Choose your country of citizenship from here, then choose “scholarship”.
- Create an account and fill your profile with your personal information, save and validate your profile, then start your application. See the guidelines for application process.
- Prepare the following documents:
—Education documents (certified and stamped).
—English language qualification.
—Conditional offers for proposed courses of study (up to three).
—Unconditional offers for proposed courses of study (up to three). You must upload at least one unconditional offer by July 2024.
—References (If you are invited to interview you will be asked to upload two references).