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How to Apply & Increase Your Chances of Winning the UK Chevening Scholarships 2023

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UK Chevening Scholarships 2023: The Chevening Scholarships are prestigious awards offered to outstanding individuals from around the world who wish to pursue their studies in the United Kingdom. If you plan to apply for the Chevening Scholarship in 2023, this blog post will provide valuable tips to increase your chances of winning this highly competitive scholarship.

Applications for the UK’s Chevening Scholarships open on 12 September 2023.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships to study in the UK are open between 12 September and 7 November 2023. Applications are to be submitted via the online application form at chevening.org/apply.

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Introduction: Chevening Scholarships 2023.

UK Chevening Scholarships 2023 Application Guide and Tips
UK Chevening Scholarships 2023 Application Guide and Tips

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals from all backgrounds who can demonstrate that they have the commitment and skills required to become future leaders, and can show how a UK master’s degree will help them to create positive change in their country. The scholarship offers full financial support for scholars to study for any eligible master’s degree at over 150 UK universities whilst also gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.

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Since the programme was created in 1983, over 55,000 professionals have had the opportunity to take their career to the next level through Chevening. There are approximately 1,500 awards on offer globally for the 2024/2025 academic year, demonstrating the UK’s ongoing commitment towards developing the leaders of tomorrow. This year is a special one as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Chevening Scholarships in the Philippines. Since 1983, over 550 Philippines scholars have joined the global Chevening network, studying in the UK and bringing their skills and passion to make a difference back to the Philippines.

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Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarships 2023?

Chevening enables outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK.

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, but those who are successful tend to have ambition, leadership qualities, and a passion for influencing positive change in their home countries.

Eligibility Criteria:

Ineligible applications will be rejected, so it is important that you check that you meet our eligibility criteria before you start your application.

To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:

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  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory.
  • 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 the deadline listed on the application timeline.

Ineligibility:

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 His Majesty’s Government, or have been within the last two years from the opening of Chevening applications  (including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, all British Embassies/High Commissions, the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for International Trade and the UKVI), the British Council, a sponsoring UK university, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
  • Employees, former employees, or relatives* of an employee of Chevening Partner organisations are eligible to apply, but if the employment took place within the last two years, you cannot receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organisation from which you work, previously worked, or are affiliated with through relatives.
  • Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship.

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 UK, as long as you can clearly explain why it will help you fulfil your career plan to influence positive change in your home country.

Once submitted, applications undergo an electronic sift against our eligibility criteria. Any applications deemed ineligible will be removed from the selection process. Please see the list of common errors here. If you make these errors in your application form, your application will be ineligible. Please note that once your application has been submitted, it is not possible to change it retrospectively.

PLEASE NOTE: Relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or step-siblings, children or step-children, spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner (where the couple have been in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years)

Eligibility for Chevening Fellowships can be found by visiting the specific Fellowship programme pages.

Courses:

You will need to select three different master’s courses. These can be three different courses at the same institution or three similar courses at up to three different universities.

Applicants are required to select three course choices when applying for a Chevening Award. This means that you will have alternative options if, for any reason, you are not offered a place on your first course option. It also provides our assessors with a clearer picture of your career goals and they may suggest your second or third course choice as a more suitable option for a Chevening Award.

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Choose your three courses carefully. You will not be able to change your course choices after submitting your application unless you are granted permission to do so at the interview stage. You will need to apply separately to your selected courses directly via the university. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure you get a place. To be awarded a scholarship, you must get an unconditional offer for one of your course choices by the deadline in our application timeline for your application year.

We recommend selecting three similar courses at three different universities to increase the likelihood that you will gain entry into one of them.

Please note that the course titles do not have to match exactly, but all three courses should be similar in content. You should select courses that reflect your current or future career goals.

Download transcript of Chevening Scholarships – Choosing your courses video here (please note clicking here will start an automatic download of a Word Document [13kb])

Eligible courses

In order to be eligible, the courses you choose must be full-time, and:

  • Start in the autumn term (usually September/October)
  • Taught master’s (i.e. not research-focused MRes programmes)
  • Lead to a master’s degree qualification
  • Based in the UK

Courses cannot be:

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  • Part-time
  • Distance learning
  • Less than nine months in duration
  • More than 12 months in duration
  • PhD or DPhil
  • Taught with more than one month of study outside the UK

Use our course finder to browse eligible master’s degrees at universities across the UK.

Important Information to All Applicants:

Please note:

MBA fee cap: There is a fee cap applied to MBA programmes that requires you to cover any additional cost over £22,000.

Course choices: You can choose any Chevening-eligible course at any UK university. If you apply to study at a Chevening Partner university, you will receive the same amount of scholarship funding as Chevening Scholars studying on a standard Chevening Award. Find out more about becoming a Chevening university partner scholar.

London-based campuses: If you wish to undertake a course offered at a London-based campus of a UK university that is based elsewhere in the country, you will only be permitted to do so if that exact course is unavailable at the university’s main campus. If the same course is offered at both the main campus and the London campus of a university, you will be expected to attend the main university campus.

Accuracy of courses: The Secretariat endeavours to provide an accurate list of courses during the application process. However, as courses can change from one year to the next, you are responsible for checking that the courses you list in your application meet the criteria for Chevening funding. The Secretariat completes final checks on courses that all candidates have selected following the interview period, and any courses that do not meet the criteria will be deemed ineligible.

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Missing courses: If you believe that a course is eligible but does not appear in the online application system, you must submit your missing course query no later than 12:00 GMT (noon) on Wednesday 27 October in order for it to be considered ahead of applications closing.

Oxford University Diplomatic Studies Programme: The postgraduate diploma in Diplomatic Studies at Oxford University is the only postgraduate diploma you can take up on a Chevening Scholarship. All other courses must be a taught master’s degree.

Pre-sessional courses

You are not permitted to enrol on pre-sessional courses to fulfil your university’s English language requirement or any other conditions of a university offer.

If you enrol in a pre-sessional course to remove a condition of your university offer, the Secretariat will learn of this via the university and your award will no longer be tenable for that course. Please note that this can happen at any stage of the process, meaning that there could be no time for you to switch to another one of your course choices, even where you hold an unconditional offer. This would then result in your Chevening Scholarship offer being withdrawn.

Some courses, typically in the fields of law, maths, and science, may include mandatory introductory elements that can be referred to by the university as ‘pre-sessional’ courses. If this applies to one of your chosen courses, please notify your Chevening programme officer – UK as soon as possible and they will advise on whether the course is permitted.

You should not enrol in optional pre-sessional courses prior to your official course start date, even if you are willing to pay for these courses yourself. A vital part of the Chevening journey is the pre-departure briefing given at the British embassy or high commission in your home country/territory, which you would miss if you were already in the UK.

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Please note that the Secretariat’s administrative processes cannot be sped up to enable you to come to the UK early (for example, the production of the final award letter cannot be expedited), and the Secretariat will not provide immigration advice for any period outside the official dates of your Chevening Scholarship.

Unconditional offers

The Secretariat will need to see evidence of an unconditional offer from one of your three course choices in order to finalise your Chevening Scholarship.

We can accept a conditional offer if the only outstanding condition is financial (i.e. the need to pay a deposit for the course). There can be no further caveats on the offer, including the need to send original documents (such as transcripts) to the university. You should ensure that you have met all of the university’s requirements well in advance of Chevening’s deadline so that you are in a position to send us evidence of your unconditional offer by this date.

You are not permitted to meet a university’s English language requirement by enrolling in, signing up for, or paying a fee for a pre-sessional English course.

Application Portal.

The UK Chevening Scholarships 2023 application portal link is https://www.chevening.org/apply/

How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the UK Chevening Scholarships 2023.

UK Chevening Scholarships 2023 Application Tips
UK Chevening Scholarships 2023 Application Tips

Application Tips:

1. Start Early

One of the most important tips to win the Chevening Scholarship is to start your application process early. The application timeline can be quite long, and some several documents and requirements need to be fulfilled. Starting early will give you ample time to gather all the necessary information and complete the application accurately.

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2. Research the Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, make sure you thoroughly research the eligibility criteria for the Chevening Scholarship. This will help you determine if you meet all the requirements and avoid wasting your time on an application that may not be successful. The eligibility criteria may vary from year to year, so it is essential to read the latest guidelines.

3. Focus on Academic Excellence

The Chevening Scholarship values academic excellence. To increase your chances of winning, make sure you have a strong academic record. This includes maintaining a high GPA, participating in extracurricular activities, and obtaining strong recommendations from your professors or mentors.

4. Clearly Define Your Career Goals

When writing your application essays, it is crucial to clearly define your career goals and how obtaining the Chevening Scholarship will help you achieve them. The selection committee is looking for individuals who have a clear vision for their future and can demonstrate how the scholarship will contribute to their professional growth.

5. Demonstrate Leadership Skills

The Chevening Scholarship values individuals who have demonstrated leadership skills and have the potential to become future leaders in their respective fields. Highlight any leadership roles you have held, such as being part of a student organization or leading a community project. Showcase your ability to inspire and influence others.

More Tips Regarding 2023 Chevening Scholarships Application:

1) Where possible, use the Google Chrome web browser, as this is recommended for the best experience. We recommend using a laptop or PC, rather than a mobile or tablet.

2) When completing your application form, work in a full-sized window. This will make the application form easier to read in its intended format.

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3) Don’t use your browser’s ‘back’ and ‘forward’ buttons. This will take you out of the system and you will lose all unsaved work. Navigate through the pages of the application form by using the menus on the form.

4) Remember your username and password. This saves time when you want to log back into the online application system.

5) Enter information accurately, especially your contact details. Please ensure that you enter a valid email address. If this changes after you have submitted, please ensure you update it in your application otherwise you may miss important updates about your application. If you provide a second email address, please ensure that it is valid and different from your first.

7) The application form may take some time to complete, so consider preparing your answers offline and then pasting them into the online form later – although do remember to delete the question to avoid duplication! This is particularly relevant if you’re using a public computer, in an internet café for example.

8) Application questions have word counts. In the application form, there is a set of questions you are required to answer. The minimum word count is 100 words per answer and a maximum of 500 words per answer, so please ensure you meet these requirements. Answers that are less than 100 words will not be considered.

9) Save as you go! There is no automatic save function on the system and each session will close after 60 minutes, even if you are still actively editing the form. Any unsaved entries will be lost, so you are strongly encouraged to save regularly to avoid losing your work.

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10) You do not have to complete the form in one session. Use the ‘Logout’ button (top right corner of the page) and keep a note of your username and password so that you can come back and finish off your application later. You will also be able to access your application via a link you will receive in an email.

11) Do not plagiarise. If content from other sources is used to answer the application questions, it will be considered as plagiarised and your application will not be passed on to the reading committee, the independent body that undertakes the first review of all eligible applications received. You should, therefore, check your answers thoroughly, ensuring they are original and not copied from other sources.

12) Applications must be submitted in English. Any application not submitted in English is ineligible.

13) Check the size and format of the files you intend to upload and ensure they meet the requirement. The online system will only accept JPG/PNG/PDF documents of no larger than 5MB. Please ensure that the length of file names do not exceed 50 characters.

14) Only submit your application once you’re completely satisfied with it. When you are satisfied with your application, click the ‘Submit’ button. Please note that once you have done this, you cannot modify your application except for the contact details section, and to upload documentation. We do anticipate a high volume of applications, so please give yourself enough time to submit the strongest application possible.

15) Remember, you can only submit one application and we will only accept your first application. In order to withdraw from the process, you will be asked to provide a reason for doing so before the withdrawal is final. If you choose to withdraw your application you will not be able to start another application until applications open again next year.

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Conclusion

Winning the Chevening Scholarship is a highly competitive process, but with careful planning and preparation, you can increase your chances of success. Start early, research the eligibility criteria, focus on academic excellence, clearly define your career goals, and demonstrate your leadership skills. Good luck with your application!

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