Chevening UK Government Scholarships Programme 2019/2020 for Study in the United Kingdom (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 6 November 2018

Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.

Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders and influencers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
  • Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
  • Have at least two years’ work experience (this may be up to five years for fellowship programmes, so please refer to your country page for further details)
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 11 July 2019
  • Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 11 July 2019

English Language Requirement:

In order to receive a Chevening Award, all applicants must demonstrate that they have fulfilled the Chevening English language requirement by 11 July 2019. We advise all applicants to ensure they have fulfilled the English language requirement as early as possible by either:

  • Taking an English language test
  • Claiming an exemption based on the UKVI exempt categories

If you fail to demonstrate that you have met the required English language level by 11 July 2019 or fail to prove that you qualify for an exemption, your application will not be successful.

English language tests

You are free to take tests more than once in order to meet the Chevening English language requirement. Please note that Chevening does not pay for costs associated with English language testing. You are responsible for booking and paying for costs associated with these tests.

Chevening accepts English language tests from five providers:

  • Academic IELTS
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English: Advanced [CAE])
  • Trinity ISE II (B2)

The English language test must have been taken from one of these providers on or after 1 October 2017. If you do not already have an existing eligible test certificate, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have booked a test date so that you can obtain the required results.


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. To be awarded a scholarship, you must get an unconditional offer for one of your course choices by 11 July 2019.

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

In order to be eligible, the courses you choose must be:

  • Full-time
  • 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:

  • Distance learning
  • Part-time
  • Less than nine months in duration
  • More than 12 months in duration
  • PhD or DPhil are not permitted
  • Taught with more than one month of study outside the UK

Use the course finder to browse eligible master’s degrees at every university across the UK.

Scholarship Worth:

  • university tuition fees
  • a monthly stipend
  • travel costs to and from the UK
  • an arrival allowance
  • a homeward departure allowance
  • the cost of one visa application
  • a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK

Required documents

Prior to starting your application for a Chevening Scholarship please ensure you have the following ready:

  • Valid passport/national ID card
  • University transcripts and degree certificates (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Three different UK master’s course choices
  • Names of two referees who know you in a professional or academic capacity

Timeline: Chevening Scholarships 2019/2020 timeline

  • 6 August 2018
Applications open at 12:00 BST

Apply via your country page at

  • 6 November 2018
Applications close at 12:00 GMT
  • From 7 November 2018
Sifting of applications against eligibility criteria
  • Mid-November to December 2018

Independent reading committees assess eligible applications

  • January to early February 2019
Applicants are shortlisted for interviews by the British Embassies/High Commissions in-country
  • By mid-February 2019
Applicants are notified that they have been selected for interview

Read our interview guidance.

  • 1 March 2019
Deadline for applicants invited to interview to submit references and undergraduate certificates. Read about what we require from your references.
  • 4 March to 1 May 2019
Global interview period
  • Early June 2019
Announcement of interview results
  • 11 July 2019
Deadline for UK university unconditional offers
  • 11 July 2019
Deadline for meeting English language requirement

Read about Chevening’s English language requirement.

  • September/October 2019
2019/2020 Chevening Scholars commence their studies in the UK



  1. It good to have a scholarship which will help to capacity less privilege Student around the world

  2. I don’t have any of these English language test Score, but I am from Liberia I did my undergraduate studies in English and English is my mother tongue.
    I am highly interested in such opportunity but Liberia is not on the Exemption list of the test score. That’s really bad for me… Why African countries whose their major language is English are not listed?

  3. I don’t have those test scores listed there ,but I am a Zambian and English happens to be my official language.Where can we tested in the abilities you are looking for?

  4. Shalom, Gaelle is my name, and i come from Cameroon. i have an advanced level graduation in English Language and a Master Degree in Project Management, ESSEC Campus, am very interrested by this opportunity, so how or what am i supposed to do now?i wish to continue into doctorate and study in UK is for me a very great opportunity

  5. […] 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. […]


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