Call for applications for the Chevening Fellowships 2020-2021 in the UK. Chevening Awards are supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organization. Chevening UK Fellowships are aimed at mid-career professionals who have reached a position of influence and want to increase their knowledge, networks, and potential through tailored short courses, research, or professional placements at UK institutions.
Since 1983, Chevening has brought over 50,000 exceptional professionals from around the world to study in the UK through scholarships and fellowships funded by the UK government. This unique opportunity has helped to elevate careers, transform communities, shift and deepen perspectives, and build intercontinental bridges.
Fellows are often people of significant standing in their home countries and will usually have completed some element(s) of higher education already.
Chevening Fellowships 2020-2021 Details:
- United Kingdom
- Click on the programmes for more details about each, including profiles of our current fellows and of our esteemed alumni. You can use the filters below to find out if any fellowships are available where you are.
- The Chevening Fellowship is a fully-funded fellowship in the UK. It will cover all the cost of the selected candidates.
To be eligible for a Chevening Fellowship you must:
- Be a citizen of a fellowship-eligible country or territory.
- Demonstrate the potential to rise to a position of leadership and influence.
- Demonstrate the personal, intellectual and interpersonal attributes reflecting this potential.
- Return to your country of citizenship at the end of the period of the fellowship.
- Have a postgraduate level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application.
- Meet all program-specific fellowship eligibility requirements.
- Not hold British or dual British citizenship.
- Not have received UK Government scholarship funding (including Chevening) within the last five years. You will only be eligible to apply for a Chevening Fellowship after a period of five years following the completion of your first UK Government-funded scholarship.
- Not be an employee, a former employee, or relative* of an employee (since July 2016) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for International Trade, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office), the British Council, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Chevening Fellowship applicants must ensure that they meet the minimum work-experience requirement for the fellowship program that they are applying to before submitting their Chevening application:
- Minimum of five years of work experience in a relevant related field. Some fellowship programs have different/additional work experience requirements and you are advised to check all individual program requirements before applying.
If you do not already have the level of work experience required for your chosen fellowship program, you will be unable to submit your application.
Eligible Types of Work Experience
The types of work experience that are eligible for Chevening can include:
- Full-time employment
- Part-time employment
It is not a requirement of Chevening that you resign from your work position. You are advised to discuss your application with your employer and it is your responsibility to ensure that they will release you if you are selected for a Chevening Fellowship. The British embassy/high commission or the Chevening Secretariat cannot intervene in this.
How to Calculate Your Work Experience?
Your entries will be calculated automatically by multiplying the number of weeks worked by the number of hours worked per week. For this calculation, a working week comprises 35-60 hours and a working year comprises 40-50 weeks. Anything that exceeds the upper limit for full-time employment will be deemed ineligible.
The minimum numbers of hours an applicant must have before applying for a Chevening Fellowship are as follows:
- Chevening Fellowships – five years’ work experience = 7,200 hours
- Chevening Fellowships – seven years’ work experience = 9,800 hours
- Chevening Fellowships – ten years’ work experience = 14,400 hours
If you have worked part-time, the minimum requirement will have been accumulated over a longer period.
If you are shortlisted to interview for a Chevening Scholarship, you will be invited to attend an interview in the city/town where the British embassy or high commission has a representation.
Whilst you might naturally feel nervous in advance of the interview, do remember that to have made it to the interview stage is a huge achievement and it means that you are already one of the strongest candidates. An interview is a great opportunity to really demonstrate why you should be selected for a scholarship and why you should join the Chevening community.
The global interview period for 2020/2021 Chevening Scholarships will run from 2 March to 1 May 2020, so do ensure you’ll be available for an interview during that period.
Booking your interview
You will receive an email with instructions on how to book your interview. Interview slots are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so we suggest that you book your slot as soon as possible. Once you have scheduled your interview, you will receive a booking confirmation email and your slot cannot be changed.
You are required to attend a face-to-face interview in the country/territory to which you have applied. You must be prepared to travel to the interview in the first instance.
Only in exceptional circumstances are Skype interviews permitted. This is where security restrictions prevent an applicant from traveling to the country/territory to which they applied, or where there is no British embassy or high commission in the country/territory. Such instances are considered on a case-by-case basis and a decision is made following consultation with the British embassy or high commission. Applicants will be informed in their invitation email if their interview can be conducted via Skype.
Before your interview
Prior to attending your interview, and by 25 February 2020, you will be asked to upload the following documents to the online application system:
- Education documents (copies of your certificates and/or transcripts).
- Two reference letters.
- A short biography that tells us more about you.
Preparing for Your Interview
You will need the following documents to take to your interview:
- Passport/national ID.
Additional documents may be requested in some countries. You will be informed about this in the email inviting you to interview.
The Chevening interview
The interview will be a competency-based panel assessment conducted in English.
The interview panel will include representatives from the British embassy or high commission, who will use the global Chevening criteria to assess your answers.
You will be asked a series of questions discussing some of the information you provided in the application form. The panel will ask questions that will enable you to explain your personal and professional aspirations, and how Chevening can facilitate your achievement of these goals. Your course choices will also be discussed and you will be asked to provide an update on your applications.
- Applications close at 5 November, 2019 12:00 (midday) GMT.
If you are applying for one of the following 2020/2021 Chevening Fellowships, you should refer to this timeline for information about the selection process: Chevening British Library Fellowship; Chevening OCIS Fellowship; Chevening OCIS Abdullah Gül Fellowship. For any other fellowship, please follow the Fellowships placement timeline instead.