Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarship programme was established in 1983 by the Government of UK. Chevening Scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. It is now an internationally prestigious scholarship programme with over 42,000 alumni. This year the Scholarships will support over 600 established or emerging leaders studying at universities across the UK. Chevening Scholarships are currently offered in 118 countries. Chevening Scholarships are offered to  candidates to study a one-year postgraduate Master’s course in any discipline at any UK university. The Scholarships are awarded to talented individuals who have the potential to become future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. Scholars come from a wide range of fields, such as politics, government, business, the media, the environment, civil society, religion, and academia.

The name ‘Chevening’ comes from Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – currently the joint official residence of the British Foreign Secretary and the Deputy Prime Minister.

The terms and conditions of the award of scholarships may vary from country to country. This article is primarily for applicants in India. Readers from other countries are advised to visit their country-specific pages of the Chevening website. Links to country pages are provided at the bottom of this article. Short courses are also funded in some countries. Further details can also be had from the local British Embassy or High Commission website. However, do not contact the local British Embassy or High Commission directly.

Short listed candidates are interviewed by the British Embassy or High Commission in their home country. The programme is administered on behalf of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office by the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat which is based in London.

To qualify for a Chevening Scholarship, applicant should be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country at the time of applying for the award, and intend to return to their country at the end of the period of study, hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK. Candidates should have passed the minimum Chevening English language requirement (given below), have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying, be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university. There are no age restrictions for Chevening Scholarships. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria are advised not to apply. Their applications will be rejected.

Candidates who have already received financial benefit from a UK government-funded scholarship award are not eligible to apply for a Chevening Scholarship. Candidates whose immediate relatives (immediate 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).

Other categories of applicants who are ineligible to apply are, those employed by Her Majesty’s Government (this includes the FCO, FCO Overseas Posts, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Trade and Investment, the Ministry of Defence and the UK Border Agency), the British Council, a co-sponsor or a sponsoring university and the Association of Commonwealth Universities; candidates or their immediate relatives (see the definition of immediate relatives mentioned above) left the above employment categories after 30 September 2011; candidates have already received financial benefit from a UK government-funded scholarship award; candidates who are applying from a country other than their home country, unless they are able to return to their home country for interview and demonstrate their intention to return there immediately after the completion of their courses to become a future leader, decision-maker or opinion former; candidates are dual nationals, where one of their nationalities is British (except if they are a national of a British Overseas Territory, or if they hold BN(O) nationality and are applying from Hong Kong), or if they have any valid leave to enter or remain in the UK which suggests that they may not return to their home countries after their Scholarship. They will be asked to disclose full details of any other nationalities held and their UK immigration status, if they are invited to attend an interview.

Chevening Scholarships are for high-calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. Candidates are required to demonstrate that they meet all of the selection criteria below. Applicants should have the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership in their home country; are motivated to develop their career in order to establish a position of leadership in their own country within 10 years of their Scholarship; have a clear post-Scholarship plan, outlining their career objectives and how they plan to achieve them; are committed to networking to find global solutions; are committed to networking within the Chevening community, via online engagement and attending Chevening events in the UK and engaging with the alumni network in their home country; are able to use their studies and experience in the UK to benefit themselves, their country and the UK; are capable of successfully undertaking and completing their proposed course of study in the UK.

The FCO and Secretariat are firmly committed to equal opportunities and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.


Applicants must meet Chevening’s minimum English language requirement.

You can fulfil the Chevening English language requirement by taking an English language test and achieving the scores specified in the Terms and Conditions or by claiming an exemption based on the UKBA exemption lists outlined in the Terms and Conditions. You should take an English language test as early as possible, and well in advance of the deadline. For Chevening candidates, no pre-sessionals are allowed in any instance (this applies to self-funded pre-sessionals too). Applicants are free to take tests more than once in order to meet the Chevening English language requirement.  All tests should be taken by 23 June 2014 at the latest. Chevening does not pay for costs associated with English language.

The English language test must be taken from one of the three approved providers below, on or after 1 October 2012.

Academic IELTS
Overall score – 6.5, with a minimum score in each component of: Listening – 5.5, Reading – 5.5, Speaking – 5.5, Writing – 5.5.

Pearson PTE Academic
Overall score – 58, with a minimum score in each component of: Listening – 42, Reading – 42, Speaking – 42, Writing – 42.

Overall score – 79, with a minimum score in each component of: Listening – 17, Reading – 18, Speaking – 20, Writing – 17.

Candidates who do not already have an existing eligibility test certificate should prepare and appear for the test as early as possible.  Visit the test conducting organisation’s website to locate the nearest coaching centre and test centre.

Applicants who are nationals of one of the following countries are exempt from an English language test for a Chevening Scholarship, in line with Home Office policy:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America and British Overseas Territories.

Applicants who have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree or higher in one of the following countries are also exempt from submitting an English language test for a Chevening Scholarship:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK, and the United States of America.

If an Academic IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL iBT test is taken before applying, applicants should include their English language test score and test certificate number on their Chevening application form. These test certificates will only be valid if their tests were taken after 1 October 2012.

All Chevening Scholars must satisfy the academic and English language requirements for their chosen course of study. The English language requirements for some courses may be higher than the minimum eligibility requirement for a Chevening Scholarship or applicants may be required to take a different English language test or obtain a higher score. It is the candidate’s responsibility to meet any higher or different requirements. Being a Chevening Scholar does not automatically exempt candidates from university requirements or the requirements of the UK Border Agency. No pre-sessional courses for Chevening candidates are allowed, even in instances where their university requests one or where attendance is self-funded.

Candidates should submit applications to UK universities before, or at the same time as, applying for a Chevening Scholarship. The scholarship does not pay any fee relating to university applications, including administration fees, English tests and GMAT tests.


The courses to which an applicant apply must be:

A one-year postgraduate Master’s course, the University of Oxford Certificate in Diplomatic Studies, or an approved short course (as advertised from time to time on the Chevening website and/or the applicant’s local British Embassy or High Commission website).

Undergraduate degrees, distance learning courses, part-time courses, courses over one year in length including PhDs or DPhils, Supervised research not leading to a Master’s degree qualification, courses with more than one month of study outside the UK will not be accepted under the Chevening Scholarships programme.

Applicants are required to state the names of three chosen UK Masters’ courses and universities on the Chevening application form, in order of preference. Applicants must include, on the Chevening application form, the full name of the university/universities and the exact name of their preferred courses (as set out on the university website or prospectus). Only Masters’ courses starting in September/October 2014 are eligible for funding. Courses starting later in 2014 or in 2015 are not eligible for funding.

Think carefully about which universities and courses applicants choose on their application forms. If the Chevening Scholarship application is successful applicants will be expected to attend their first choice university course and will not be able to change their course selection. Applicants will not be able to change their first choice unless they are declined by the university. If the first choice is not available candidates are expected to accept their second or third choice in that order.

The Chevening Scholarships Secretariat does not guarantee placement at any particular university or course, and it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they apply to universities sufficiently early.


Applicants may register their interest in the Chevening Scholarships programme and sign up to receive notifications of application opening and closing dates for your country via the country pages of the Chevening website. Application for a Chevening Scholarship should be submitted electronically by completing the online Chevening Scholarships application form. Before applying candidates should check their country pages for details of priority areas and any specific information that applies to applicants from their country, including the closing date for applications.  Applicants must read the Guidance for Applicants and the Terms and Conditions for Chevening Scholarship Awards as these contain important information on what details you will need to include in your application.

Applications will open on 1 September 2013 and close in November 2013. Candidates who have registered on the Chevening website will be notified when the eChevening site is open for applications. The opening and closing dates for each country will be available on the country pages of the Chevening website. Read the country pages carefully (links to country pages are given at the end of this article) for details of priority subject areas which vary from country to country. Applications received after the closing date for your country will not be considered. It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible – preferably well before the closing date for your country.

Applications will be scrutinised against the Chevening eligibility criteria. The Chevening Scholarships Secretariat will make recommendations to the local British Embassy or British High Commission about which candidates might be invited for interview. The final decision on whom to be invited for interview will be taken by the local British Embassy or British High Commission. Candidates will be informed in the letter of invitation to interview about what documents they must bring to the interview. Interviews will normally be held at the British Embassy or High Commission. Interviews will normally take place in April 2014.

The Embassy or High Commission will write to successful candidates to inform them of the outcomes. They move to the next stage. Candidates will be assigned a Programme Officer at the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat who will help the candidates through completion of documentation and medical examination. The results of the medical examination will be reviewed by the Chevening Secretariat’s Medical Adviser. After completion of this process only the scholarship will be confirmed and the Final Award Letter issued.

Scholars are advised to apply for their visa immediately after receiving their Final Award Letter confirming their Scholarship as the process can take several months. To learn more about how to apply for the visa visit

Chevening Scholarships are awarded in full or in part. A full Chevening Scholarship award normally comprises payment of tuition fees (up to a limit – check individual country pages on the Chevening website for details of scholarship amount); travel to and from scholar’s country of residence by an approved route for the scholar only; an arrival allowance; the cost of an entry clearance (visa) application for the scholar only; a grant for the cost of preparation of a thesis or dissertation (if required); an excess baggage allowance; a monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover accommodation and living expenses. The monthly stipend will depend on whether the scholar is studying inside or outside London. The current rates are: £948 per month outside the London metropolitan area and £1173 per month inside the London metropolitan area. Tuition fee payments for Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) courses have an upper limit of £12,000. If the scholars study for an MBA they will be expected to fund any difference above this sum. The scholars may be required to demonstrate that they hold sufficient funding to cover the remaining tuition fee costs. In some countries the maximum award for tuition fees for all Masters’ courses may also have an upper limit. In such cases scholars will be expected to fund any difference above this upper limit.

The Chevening selection panel may also offer part Scholarship awards. This award may fund tuition fees only (no stipend or other allowance) or stipend and allowances only (no tuition fees). In the case of part awards the scholar will be expected to fund any difference.

Chevening Scholars are allowed to take part-time employment while in the UK. However, scholars must comply with the employment conditions of their visa, university/college regulations, and individual Scholars’ overall commitment to their studies in the UK, and the conditions of award. Scholars should remember that the part time employment does not affect their academic performance.


No. Chevening Scholars sign an undertaking when accepting their award to return to their home countries after they have completed their studies.

FURTHER INFORMATION: can be had from the country pages of the Chevening Scholarship website. Click on the link of your country from the following list for quick transfer to the country page.

The FCO currently offers Chevening Scholarships to citizens of the following countries: Click on the country to go to your country pages on the Chevening Scholarship website.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, ArmeniaAscension IslandsAustralia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Overseas Territories, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montserrat, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Island, Republic of Congo, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Southern Sudan, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Applicants should refer to the central partnerships pages for details about partnership Scholarships for specific programmes/countries and how to apply for these.


The Charles Wallace Trust Grants and Visiting Fellowships

Charles WallaceThe Charles Wallace Trust Grants and Visiting Fellowships

The Charles Wallace Trust is among the largest givers of Grants and Fellowships to Indians for professional education and research in UK. The Charles Wallace Trust Grants and Visiting Fellowships are awarded by Charles Wallace Trusts, established in 1981 with funds bequeathed by Charles Wallace. He was born in Calcutta in 1855. He was a successful British businessman who did business in India in the late 19th century. He was one of the founders of the well known Shaw Wallace Company. He died in London in 1916 at the age of sixty. After  providing for his family, he left the bulk of his estate for charitable work. As directed by him in his will, Trusts were set up in the United Kingdom for each of the four countries that were part of former British India: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar) to extend assistance to the nationals of those countries to obtain education and professional development in the United Kingdom.

The four Trusts established to carry out Charles Wallace’s wishes were registered as United Kingdom Charities:
The Charles Wallace India Trust
The Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust
The Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust
The Charles Wallace Burma Trust
Each trust has its own independent Board of Trustees.

About Charles Wallace India Trust
In 1981, following an agreement between the Indian and British governments, The Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) was established as an English charity. The British Council played a central role in establishing the trusts, as one of the three original trustees, and still plays a key role in the Charles Wallace India Trust operations. During the last 30 years CWIT has made about 2700 grants. British Council India advises on CWIT’s work and gives valuable administrative support including guidance on applying for a visa.

The Charles Wallace India Trust gives grants to Indians in the early or middle stages of their careers who are living in India and working or studying in the arts, heritage conservation or the humanities. The grants enable successful applicants to achieve their artistic, academic or professional ambitions by attending programmes in a number of Universities and Institutions of higher learning in the United Kingdom.

The categories of grants available include fully-funded awards; visiting fellowships in agreed subjects at specific institutions; grants for research and professional visits; grants for doctoral study; and grants to attend the Scottish Universities Summer School.

Further information about the various types of grants available, and guidance on eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the website of the British Council in India: Or Grants and Fellowships offered by the Charles Wallace India Trusts will be featured in this website shortly. Keep visiting for more scholarship opportunities.

INSPIRE Scholarships and Fellowships

INSPIRE Scholarships

INSPIRE Scholarships are awarded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India to promote science and technology by motivationg more students to choose science and technology careers. The scholarships are open to the entire spectrum of students from the 6th standard to post doctoral. The basic objective of INSPIRE is to communicate to the youth of the country the excitement and suitability of science education and careers. It also aims to attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build a human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology base. A striking feature of the programme is that it does not  conduct competitive exams for identification of talent for award of scholarships. It relies on the efficacy of the existing educational structure for identification of talent. This article provides a general overview of the various awards by the DST. Specific posts for different levels of education will be shortly available in the blogs. Stay tuned or visit the site often for more information.

School level
At school level the scholarships are awarded under two groups. From standard 6 to standard 8; and standard 9 and 10. In the 6th to 10th category each student will get an amount of Rs 5000 for making a Project and transportation cost for displaying the exhibits/ project in the exhibition. There is no examination for the selection process. Names of the tudents will be nominated by the Principal/Headmaster/Headmistress. Award money will be released directly to the Awardees by an arrangement with SBI.

The 6th to 10th category
The concerned State will provide the list of all Middle & Secondary level Schools. The scheme covers Government,Government aided and Private schools all over India. Names of one selected student each from Classes 6th, 7th and 8th in one Group and 9th and 10th in another Group of each School with an indication of preferred student name from each Group, will be provided by the Headmaster/Headmistress/ Principal of each School through the respective State Education department.

State Education Department will make a shortlist of students from each school in the State. Both academic records of the student and exhibition/project done by the student will be considered in the selection process. Criteria used by the State for the selection will be shared with the Department of Science and Technology. The cost of organizing the Exhibitions at the District & State Level will be borne by the Department of Science and Technology.

The Department has set the aim of distributing one million awards in five years spread across 5 lakhs Middle and Secondary level schools in the country.

Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)
Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) are awarded to students who are within the top 1% at Class XII examination conducted by various Examination Boards during the academic session ending March/April 2013.

Letters to eligible Candidates along with “Advisory Note to the Candidates for Eligibility in Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) Component under INSPIRE Scheme” have been sent through email to the schools from where they studied Class XII during the academic session ending March/April 2013. The candidates may collect the same from the school Principal.

Performance in top 1% in Class XII Board Examination and enrolment into education in Basic and Natural Science courses at B.Sc./Integrated M.Sc. or M.S.levels qualify eligibility automatically for Scholarship for Higher Education of the DST. The scholarship is valued at Rs. 80,000 per year for five years. This scheme offers 10,000 scholarships every year for undertaking Bachelor and Masters level education in the Natural & Basic sciences.

Students who are placed among the top 1% in 12th standard at their respective Board Examinations and are pursuing courses in Natural and Basic sciences at the B.Sc. or Integrated M.Sc.levels are eligible for this scholarship. In the current scheme only Natural and Basic sciences have been included as the focus is on Natural and Basic Sciences.

Top 10,000 rankers in the Joint Entrance Examination of JEE-Advance, JEE-Main (top 10,000 ranks) plus those clearing NEET (top 10,000 ranks), and who also opt to study Natural and Basic sciences in any academic institute or university leading to graduate and post-graduate degree, are also eligible for the scholarshipscholarship.

Students admitted to Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences (DAE-CBS) at the University of Mumbai or happen to be Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholars and Science Olympiad Medalists, opting to undertake courses in the Natural & Basic sciences leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees are eligible for “SHE” scholarship. Applications without Endorsement Certificate signed by the Head of the Institution will be rejected.

Inspire Fellowship
INSPIRE fellowship aims at enhancing research fellowships for doctoral studies and opening up partnerships with private sector for enhancing the  efforts of the Government in nurturing talents for scientific research.

Inspire Fellowship for pursuing Doctoral Programme in Science and Technology
This is one component of the Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC). This scheme is focused on attracting talented students to pursue doctoral degree in basic and applied sciences including engineering, medicine, agriculture, veterinary, pharmacy etc. after either masters’ degree in science or bachelor/ masters’ degree in engineering/ applied sciences.

This scheme offers outstanding opportunity for pursuing doctoral research in any recognized university in india through fellowships at the level. The selected candidates rank same as those of national eligibility test (NET) qualified candidates.

1. INSPIRE Scholar having secured minimum 65% marks in aggregate at M.Sc. or Integrated M.S./ M.Sc.
2. 1st Rank Holder in each Post-Graduate (PG) level examinations in Basic/ Applied Sciences including Engineering Sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Agricultural sciences and Veterinary Sciences at the University and academic Institutions.
3. 1st Rank Holders at the Graduate Level Examination in Engineering Sciences and other Professional courses conducted by a University or Institution in India.
4. The applicants shall also be eligible for admission to pursue research, leading to Ph.D. in any Indian University/ National Institute/ National Laboratories in India.
5. 1st Rank Holders of Colleges including Autonomous Colleges is not eligible to apply for the scheme.
6. Applicants should be Indian Citizens and have acquired the required qualifications necessary for admission to the PhD program only during the last year or current year are eligible.

Number and value
1000 INSPIRE Fellowships are awarded each year to eligible students. Inspire Fellowship is tenable for a maximum period of five years, subject to the completion of their PhD degree, whichever is earlier. Continuation of the Fellowship for once selected candidates is based on satisfactory performance certified by the institution as per as per rules governing the Fellowship. Value of the Fellowship is equivalent to NET/ GATE fellowship (Junior Research Fellowship / Senior Research Fellowship) and research grant to the candidate.

Selection procedure
Selection for INSPIRE Fellowship is purely on the basis of academic merit, choice of the Supervisor, Host Institutions and the Research Proposal.

Eligible candidates must apply in the prescribed A4 size format along with documents as listed in the Annexure 1 to 4. Applications should be sent by Post only and shall be addressed to: Head, INSPIRE Program, Department of Science & Technology, Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110 016.

INSPIRE Faculty Scheme
The Faculty Scheme has been designed to provide attractive opportunities to young achievers for career development and lead them into fulfilling long term careers in science and technology. The scheme is also expected to create high quality science teaching faculty and manpower for scientific and educational institutions, specially the Central and State universities.

Further information: Further information and guidelines to all the schemes under INSPIRE can be had from the INSPIRE website.

INSPIRE Scholarships and Fellowships