India-Chevening Scholarships: Apply by November 7
New Delhi: Applications have been invited for the India-Chevening Scholarships for 2018-19.
Chevening is the UK government's global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the United Kingdom. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from different countries to pursue a one-year Master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.
Chevening provides fully-funded scholarships, leaving the student free to focus on achieving professional goals and enjoying the experience of a lifetime. Applicants will live and study in the UK for a year, during which time he/she can develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.
Scheme: The Scheme includes (i) University tuition fees (ii) a monthly stipend (iii) travel costs to and from the UK (iv)an arrival allowance (v) a homeward departure allowance (vi) the cost of one visa application and (vii) a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK.
Applicants from India can choose any course of study at any UK higher education institution. When selecting field of study, applicants may refer to the UK priorities at https://www.gov.uk/government/world/india
Eligibility: Applicant must be a citizen of India and should return to his/her country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after the award has ended.
Applicant should have an Undergraduate degree that will enable him/her 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. Applicant must hold a degree at the time of application. Higher Master's qualification is sufficient to be eligible for a Chevening Award. Applicants may also check with their preferred universities to ensure that they meet their entry requirements for the chosen courses.
Applicant should have at least two years’ work experience. Applicant should apply to three different eligible UK university courses and should receive an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 12th July 2018.
Applicant should also have a valid passport/national ID card and University transcripts and degree certificates (undergraduate, postgraduate).
Applicant should meet the Chevening English language requirement by 12th July 2018. Applicant must demonstrate that he/she fulfils a Chevening English language requirement by 12th July 2018. Applicant should either take an English language test or claim an exemption based on the UKVI exempt categories. The application will not be successful, if the applicant fails to demonstrate that he/she has met the required English language level by 12th July 2018 or fail to prove that he/she has qualified for an exemption. Chevening accepts English language tests from five providers, Academic IELTS, Pearson PTE Academic, TOEFL iBT, Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA) and Trinity ISE II (B2). Applicants will not be permitted to take pre-sessional courses to fulfil the English language requirement. Details are given at http://www.chevening.org/apply/english-language-requirement.
Application: Indian citizens can apply at the link http://www.chevening.org/india. Application can be submitted till 12:00 GMT on 7th November, 2017 (midday UK time). Guidelines related to submission of application is available at http://www.chevening.org/apply/online-application-system
If applicant is shortlisted to interview for a Chevening Award, he/she will be invited to attend an interview in the city where the British Embassy or High Commission has a representation. The global interview period for 2018/2019 Chevening Scholarships will run from 5th March to 2nd May 2018. Interviews for fellowships may take place at a different time. Applicant may refer to his/her country page for further details. If applicant is invited to attend an interview, he/she must upload two references to the online application before attending not later than 26 February 2018. If applicant does not submit documentation by this deadline, he/she will be unable to proceed with an interview. Further details on how to do this will be included in the interview invitation. References must be submitted in English.
The application must list three courses, and applicant should apply to them if not already done. Only courses that are UK-based, full-time, start in the autumn term, and lead to a taught Master's qualification are eligible for a Chevening Scholarship. Applicants should choose three courses carefully as he/she won't be able to change them after submitting application. A Scholarship will be awarded only if applicant gets an unconditional offer for one of the course choices by 12th July, 2018. Applicants should select three different Master's courses. These can be three different courses at the same institution or the same titled course at three different Universities. Applicant should choose the field of study carefully and select courses which reflect his/her current or future career goals. In order to be eligible, the courses chosen must be Full-time, Starting in the autumn term (usually September/October), Taught Master's (Not research-focused MRes programmes), Lead to a master’s degree qualification and Based in the UK. Course cannot be Distance learning, Part-time, Less than nine months in duration, More than 12 months in duration. PhD or DPhil are not permitted.
There is a fee cap applied to MBA programmes that requires applicants to cover any additional cost over £18,000. Applicants who wish to undertake a course offered at a London-based campus of a UK university that is based elsewhere in the country 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, applicants will be expected to attend the main university campus. More details on choosing the course is given at http://www.chevening.org/apply/courses
Applicants can use the course finder tool at http://www.chevening.org/find-a-course, to browse eligible Master’s degree programmes at every University across the UK.
The course information displayed in the finder is supplied by Postgrad Solutions. The data is regularly updated but, due to evolving course offerings at universities, it may not always be 100% accurate at the time of search. Candidates are responsible for checking that the courses they list in their application meet the criteria for Chevening funding. The Secretariat completes final checks on courses that candidates have selected following the interview period, and any courses that do not meet the criteria will be deemed ineligible. Applicants may also check individual university websites for more information.
Missing course queries must be submitted no later than 12 noon GMT on Thursday, 2 November in order to be considered ahead of applications closing. If applicant has submitted a query about a missing course, it will be reviewed. Only courses that have been deemed to be eligible will appear.
For more details, visit http://www.chevening.org/india