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Chevening UK Scholarships for International Students




Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential.

The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year master’s degree, in any subject and at any UK university.

Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields; including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia. Applicants should be high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership.


Fields of study


Chevening Scholarships are targeted towards a broad range of fields and disciplines. Full information about priority subjects for countries which offer Chevening Scholarships is available on the country pages of


Number of Awards


Chevening Scholars come from over 110 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and in 2013 the scholarships were intended to support approximately 700 individuals. There are over 41,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.


Eligibility Requirements


Applicants should read the guidance for 2013/14 applicants at for full eligibility criteria.


Southern African Applicants


Chevening in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland:


The Bloodhound/Chevening Scholarship linked to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

This is a one year MSc level programme based in the UK, linked to the Bloodhound Supersonic car Project (based in South Africa).  Applications should be clearly marked Bloodhound.

The Dame Kelly Holmes/Chevening Scholarship in Sports Science.

This new scholarship is for a South African national to undertake a one year postgraduate course of studies in Sports Science in the United Kingdom.  Applications should be clearly marked Dame Kelly.


The Chevening Scholarship programme has been running in Southern Africa since 1983 and hundreds of scholars from South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho have visited the UK for postgraduate studies in a wide range of subjects.  As an example, for the academic year 2012-13 the topics to be studied range from conflict prevention to medical anthropology; from law to social complexity.  

Chevening Alumni in Southern Africa include people from all walks of life.  South Africa is also the home to Chevening Alumni from other African countries.  The British High Commission regularly welcomes Alumni to receptions, meetings or roundtable discussions with British visitors to South Africa, including members of the Royal Family, government ministers, members of parliament, all who have enjoyed useful exchanges of views and opinions.     

In 2013 a programme was launched in Southern Africa  which targets priority fields of study and diverse groups in the area. Applications from a wide range of subject areas are normally accommodated. However special focus is given to the following fields:

·    Conflict Prevention

·    Public Administration

·    Economics

·    Business

·    Science and Technology


Value of the Award


Most Chevening Scholarships cover: tuition fees; a living allowance at a set rate (for one individual); an economy class return airfare to the UK; additional grants to cover essential expenditure. Some scholarships cover part of the cost of studying in the UK; for example, tuition fees only or allowances only.


Application Information


Applications for a particular year normally open in October and close in December of the previous academic year.


Application Deadline


Exact dates and deadlines are available on the country pages of


Contact Details


For further information on applying for a Chevening Scholarship, sign up for alerts at  Applicants can also contact the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat at


NB: Examples of curricula vitae and letters of recommendation are available here.


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