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Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for Leadership and Excellence 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open08-Nov-2016
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What is Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for Leadership and Excellence 2017?

Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for Leadership and Excellence 2017 a minimum of eight months from the application deadline to when scholars are conditionally selected for an award.

Type of award

a)    Awardees can take up bilateral awards in the following ways:

  • One year taught masters (one year award period)
  • Two one year taught masters (two year award period)
  • One 24 month taught masters (two year award period)

Value of award

a)    A full Chevening Bilateral Award normally comprises:

  • Payment of tuition fees up to the limit determined by the bilateral partner
  • Economy travel to and from your country of residence by an approved route for you only
  • An arrival allowance
  • An awards travel top up as a contribution to attending mandatory Chevening events (paid at the beginning of the award)
  • A contribution of up to £75 for TB testing where this is required 
  • The cost of an entry clearance (visa) application for you only to cover the two year period of your award
  • A departure allowance (paid at the end of the award)
  • A monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover accommodation and living expenses. The monthly stipend will depend on your government grade and whether you are studying inside or outside London.  Stipend payments will be made to you on or around the 21st of the month for the following full month. Where you arrive in the UK or leave the UK part way through the month, the stipend for that month will be adjusted as appropriate.

Changes to the value of an award

a) The value of your award will differ from the above in the following circumstances:

  • Where your tuition fee is subject to a cap, you will be liable for any remaining fees in second year. 
  • Where you are offered an award to study an MBA. The Chevening contribution to MBA tuition fees is capped at £18,000. You will be expected to fund the difference. You may be required to demonstrate that you hold sufficient funding to cover the remaining tuition fee costs.
  • The FCO reserves the right to reduce a Chevening Bilateral Award or withdraw an award in instances where awardees are beneficiaries of other significant awards, bursaries, prizes or earned income. 
  • All universities are expected to cover at least 20% of the cost of your tuition fees. In cases where a university is unable or refuses to provide such funding, the FCO reserves the right to withdraw the placement and send you to your next preferred choice. Alternatively, you may wish to cover the 20% amount yourself in which case we can continue with the placement at that university. Where this situation arises your programme officer will discuss the options with you.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

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 to 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, 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 13 July 2017
  • Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 13 July 2017

You are not eligible for a Chevening Award 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)
  • Are an employee, a relative of an employee, or a former employee (since July 2015) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Trade and Investment, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office), the British Council, a partner, a sponsoring UK university, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship. Chevening Alumni are not eligible to apply for a further scholarship but may be eligible to apply for a fellowship five years after completion of the first award.

Once submitted, your application will be reviewed against the Chevening eligibility criteria. If you failed to meet the work experience requirement, or have entered something in your declaration that makes you ineligible, you will be given one opportunity to review and amend your entries for these two sections.

You will receive instructions on how to review these sections via email and you will have until 48 hours prior to the application deadline to amend your answers. For scholarships, this is 1200 GMT on 6 November 2016. Failure to amend your answers will mean your application will not be considered for an award.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online only.


I am currently in full-time employment. Do I need to resign in order to apply for a Chevening Award?

No, this is not a Chevening requirement and it is up to you to discuss it with your employer. You are personally responsible for ensuring that you will be able to accept the award offer when it's made and that your employer will release you in time for departure to the UK. The British Embassy/High Commission or the Chevening Secretariat cannot intervene in this.

I have already received financial benefit from a different UK government-funded programme. Can I still apply for a Chevening Award?

No. You can't apply for a Chevening Award if you have previously received funding from another UK government scholarship programme.

I have previously received a Chevening Scholarship, can I apply for another one?

No, Chevening Alumni are not eligible to apply for a further scholarship.

I have previously received a Chevening Scholarship, can I apply for a fellowship?

Yes, however you must wait five years after finishing your scholarship before you can apply for a fellowship. For example, a Chevening Alumnus who studied for a master's degree in the UK  between 2008 and 2009, will only be eligible to apply for a fellowship programme from 2014/2015.

I completed an undergraduate degree in the UK, can I still apply to the programme and return to study for a Master’s course?

Yes, you can. However, if you have already received financial benefit from the UK government, you cannot apply for a Chevening Award.

I studied in the UK and received financial benefit from a non-UK government-funded award. Can I still apply to Chevening?

Yes, however we particularly welcome applications from those who haven't had the opportunity to study outside of their home country.

Can I apply for a Chevening Award in the final year of my undergraduate degree?

No. Chevening Awards are aimed at graduates who have experience working in their chosen career field. You must hold a degree at the time of application.

Terms and Conditions

Keeping your contact details up to date

a)    You must ensure that the Secretariat has up to date contact details for you, including a UK address and email and an overseas address and email at the end of the award.

b)    You must keep in touch with the Chevening Secretariat during the term of your award and, in particular, keep your programme officer informed if you:

  • Change your address, even temporarily
  • Change your marital status
  • Suffer any injury, illness, loss, or damage to your person or property
  • Become involved in any legal action (civil or criminal), actual or threatened
  • Are absent for more than four days at any one time from your place of study

c)    You must return any form or request for information promptly to the Secretariat. If you do not, your stipend may be withheld.

Your university and course

a)    You must diligently pursue the course of studies agreed and conform to the rules of any organisation in which you work or study.

b)    It is expected that you will dedicate yourself to your studies and successfully pass your Master’s degree at the first attempt.  Where you are not able to do this Chevening will not pay for any fees associated with resitting exams or resubmitting written work.  

c)    You must not transfer to any other education institution.

d)    You must not transfer to any other course of study than that confirmed in your Final Award letter without the express permission of your programme officer. Such requests must be made within two weeks of the course start date and supported by exceptional circumstances. Requests made after this time will not be considered.

Travel during an award

a)    You must remain in the UK (except for authorised absences) during your award period.

b)    You are not permitted to be outside of the UK for either academic or personal reasons for more than 60 days throughout the entire period of your award, or for more than 30 days in any one year. 

c)    Where you exceed the 30 day limit in one year, or 60 day limit over two years, your stipend will be suspended until your return.

d)    Where you will be absent from the UK, you should notify your programme officer at least two weeks before you intend to travel confirming your destination, the reason for your trip and the length of your intended stay abroad. 

e)    Absence for any reason in excess of 30 days in one year or 60 days over the two years requires the express permission of your programme officer. You should contact them at least two weeks in advance of your proposed departure for further information. You should not assume that permission to travel will be granted.


a)    You must comply with the Chevening travel policy when booking your flights to and from the UK. If you do not, you may lose the entitlement to have your flight costs covered by Chevening.

b)    Flights back to your home country must be booked at least two months before your award ends, if not sooner. Your programme officer will confirm the deadline to book your homeward flight by; stipends may be withheld if the Secretariat is not informed of your return flight details by the date given.

c)    Your award is calculated to support your costs only. There is no provision for dependants of Chevening awardees. Awardees are advised not to bring dependants to the UK. The Chevening programme provides no financial or pastoral support for dependants and will not endorse the visa applications of, nor provide travel for, dependants.

d)    You must complete and return all report requests and surveys sent to you throughout your Chevening Bilateral Award. Failure to complete reports and surveys may result in stipends and/or allowances being withheld or penalties being applied. If you are unable to complete the survey/report in time, you should contact your programme officer before the closing date to request an extension.

e)    You must act as an ambassador for both Chevening and your home country while in the UK and remember that your actions and remarks will have an impact on the reputation of both. 

f)    You must not engage in political activities or in any other activities of a public nature likely to affect the British Government adversely. 

g)    If you share your Chevening experiences online, you should acknowledge that these views are your own and do not represent the Chevening programme or the FCO. 

h)    You must not serve as an official representative (whether diplomatic, consular, or otherwise) of any government during the course of your studies.

i)    You must acknowledge Chevening in any publications (e.g. journal articles, book chapters or a thesis) resulting from your visit to the UK during the term of your Chevening Bilateral Award. You must cite Chevening as ‘Chevening Scholarships, the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations.’ You must also pass a copy of any such publication or broadcast to the Secretariat.

j)    Any behaviour which is deemed to be in breach of the above conditions may result in an official warning regarding behaviour from the Secretariat and/or a formal letter of warning from the British Embassy or High Commission and may result in the withdrawal of your award.

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