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What is the Chevening Scholarship?

UEA is pleased to partner with Chevening to award a large number of Scholarships per year.

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, the recipients are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world. Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK. Chevening Scholarships are available to students from more than 160 countries and territories worldwide (excluding the USA and EU). More than 1,500 Scholarships are available every year.

There are a wealth of benefits to being awarded a Chevening Scholarship, including:

  • Fully covered tuition fees, set living expenses, and return flights to the UK

  • A vast engagement programme, including networking events, volunteering opportunities, talks, and trips across the UK

  • Joining over 48,000 Chevening Alumni who together form an influential and highly regarded global network

Who Can Apply?

  • Chevening Scholarships are awarded to talented graduates, with a minimum of two years’ work experience, who have been identified as potential outstanding future leaders

  • Applicants must be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country and intend to return there for a minimum of two years after your award has ended

  • You must hold an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme in the UK

  • For full eligibility criteria, see the Chevening website.

How To Apply

  • Applications for 2020 Chevening Scholarships close on Tuesday 5 November 2019 (12:00 GMT).

  • Applications must be submitted via the Chevening website

  • All applicants should refer to their country pages on the Chevening website for specific guidance


You can read about some of our Chevening Scholars, past and present, below:

Grace Kenya - MA International Development

What could your UEA be about? Well, from my experience, it has consistently demonstrated what I expected from a UK Top 15 university renowned for student satisfaction. No other institution could be more student focused than the University of East Anglia. It certainly takes a lot into consideration in making student life comfortable, fun and exciting. Students enjoy a variety of modern, cost effective and easily accessible accommodation options to choose from allowing you to connect and make friends as well as have a private moment. The orientation programme is skilfully organized to ensure all new international students are well settled in, maintaining balance between fun stuff and more serious information. It is impressive how the systems work like a well-oiled machine; connecting the student to the academic side of life, career central and the social life.

I’m happy I chose to study MA International Development at UEA. The School of International Development in particular was recently voted among the best in the UK for development studies. Being a national from Kenya, this ranking continuously reinforces confidence in my employability prospects in the world of development, or what is commonly known here as Life After DEV. I was lucky to be among the outstanding scholars selected for the prestigious Chevening Scholarship. UEA endeavours to support development interventions across the globe. This forms the foundation in which UEA partners with the Chevening Secretariat – Foreign and Commonwealth office to identify and enroll remarkable students with leadership potential for postgraduate studies in the UK. Not only has Chevening given my CV a breath of life, it has also opened a whole new world of endless opportunities. Meeting students from all over the globe has certainly enhanced my culinary experiences, geographical knowledge as well expanded my bank of friends. Studying at UEA and applying for the Chevening scholarship are the best decisions I’ve ever made. Choose UEA!


LuannaLuanna, Brazil – MSc Climate Change and International Development

I took the MSc in Climate Change and International Development at UEA. My choice was mostly based on UEA reputation for Climate Change and DEV, especially its connection with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. The experience in UEA surpassed all my expectations both personally and academically. Professors are really, really accessible and always happy to give you personal attention in whatever you may need. The Careers Centre is incredibly useful. They offer services like coaching, mentoring and one-to-one sessions. Besides, Norwich is a great city to live. Everything you may need is in a walking or cycling distance. I would recommend UEA to any Brazilian looking for a complete change in educational system mindset and a great British experience.

During the course, I was under the Chevening Scholarships programme. Chevening Scholarships are the UK governments global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and partner organisations. The Chevening programme supports outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities. It runs annually and besides covering tuition fees, flight costs and a monthly stipend, we become part of a global network of scholars. I would deeply encourage Brazilians planning to study at UEA to apply for it.


$ambassador-nameSamuel, Nigeria – MSc Economics

I searched for about two years to find an outstanding world-class institute of higher learning that is well known for research and development as well as conductive learning. I became attracted to UEA due to its well-known leading stance in research and development in the UK and on a global scale, as well as its high student experience rating. Studying at UEA has been a life changing opportunity for me. The environment is serene, clean and perfect for learning. At UEA, the students are the focus, they are the King and the staff help you to succeed. The social life is engaging, no matter where you come from, there are social events cutting across all spheres of life and you can attend the ones that suit your needs. Apart from your academic life, you can also develop your talents in music, broadcasting, inventing, sports etc. The university has all the facilities needed to aid you toward ‘world class’ success.

Norwich is a renowned city located in the east of England, about one hour from Cambridge and two hours from London by train. It has a diverse and multicultural population and no matter where you come from, there is always a place to shop for your indigenous foods and materials. The people are friendly, honest and respectful. Norwich is beautiful, well planned and structured. In a nutshell, UEA has transformed and changed my life for the better; it’s been wonderful studying in one of the best universities in the world.

The Chevening Journey to me has been a wholesome experience. Aside from giving me the peace of mind to focus on my studies, I now have over one thousand professional connections with fellow Chevening scholars all around the world and part of a strong and respected alumni in my country. Chevening has put me at the forefront of my career development.


Annie-Flora, Ghana – MA Media & International Development

Choosing to pursue my postgraduate degree at UEA is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was able to find the right course (Media and International Development) to suit my career ambition, the application process was not cumbersome, and communication with UEA from my country till my arrival at school was frequent and effective. My experience at UEA has been awesome! The Lecturers are well experienced and highly competitive in their fields, and are always ready to give you their undivided attention when the need arises. The school has got state of the art facilities to aid students in their research and study experience during their academic journey. There’s a 24-hour library, a sports park with different sports societies to help keep you fit, affordable accommodation, and a Career Centre to guide students in making good career choices; I like the idea that the school is not only concerned about the academic life of students but also about their post-academic life (careers). UEA is located in the city of Norwich, which is one of the most beautiful and safest cities in the UK.


Raya, Oman – MA Education

One of the best decisions I have ever made is to be a student at UEA, and to apply for a Chevening Scholarship.

I am studying for my MA Education. I have wonderful tutors and I am learning and living on an amazing University campus, which makes me feel that I am at the right place.


Catalina, Uruguay – MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management

My name is Catalina Igoa, I'm from Uruguay, South America and arrived a month ago to pursue my master’s degree in MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management at University of East Anglia. So far my experience has been amazing and I can't believe a month has already gone by, I feel I arrived yesterday. Time flies when you are meeting so many people from all over the world, enjoying the beautiful campus UEA offers, trying different sport and societies, and studying interesting and demanding modules. UEA has everything to offer in a nice and small city like Norwich, and the Chevening Scholarship allows you to live all these experiences.  Here’s a picture of my first yoga session at UEA, such a sunny day but I promise it was taken at UEA!


Hubert Forester, Guyana – LLM International Trade Law

My Chevening experience at the UEA thus far has been much more than I expected. Coming here, I read about the breath-taking campus, the fact that the law school is in the Top 10 in the UK and that UEA has consistently ranked at the top of national surveys for student satisfaction. But being here and experiencing it all is so much more than the words can communicate. From the inception, my contacts at UEA have been very responsive; acknowledging and addressing my queries usually within a day. I've met with my academic adviser numerous times as I navigate the wide selection of module choices; and I've always been welcomed into her office. UEA provides a number of activities to support your studies and future career such as seminars on preparing coursework and invaluable employability workshops that I have already taken advantage of. Not to mention the numerous societies and sports clubs, state of the art sports facility and on-campus entertainment venues (pub, restaurant, nightclub). The Chevening Scholars at UEA are an incredible mix of talented people. The Chevening Secretariat has been very supportive in helping us to begin this journey. It helps to have a community of Scholars to share your experiences with, discuss ideas and find solutions. The connections and friendships that I have already made through the opportunities provided by UEA and Chevening are priceless.


Giorgi, Georgia - Agriculture and Rural Development

From the first day of arrival, even after spending 12 hours travelling, you will feel positive energy from the first moment you meet any person from UEA and you will feel that you are part of a big family and you will never feel alone. There are a lot of things that makes me satisfied with my decision to choose the University of East Anglia.

I have the best environment for studying, a library full of useful books, online databases and study rooms designed to meet all of a student’s requirements. The only thing you need is a desire to study, the rest is provided by the UEA. And it’s not just about books and literature –Student services, lecturers and all of the staff at the university are willing to help and support you. No matter whether your enquiry relates to immigration issues, academic skills or settlement problems, there is always person who will be glad to support and give helpful advice. Even when you decide to switch you brain from study to other activities, you don’t need to go outside of the University! UEA is full of different clubs and societies, where you can find any field of interest and get involved. I was more than satisfied with my accommodation, its exactly as was described. No matter your need, UEA is best place to stay. I’m also more than satisfied with the fact that I chose the School of International Development here at UEA. The school has the reputation for being one of the best in UK for development studies and now I can say that UEA has the best practitioners of the subject, lecturers and professors involved in the field works. They are all willing to provide you with not just with theoretical knowledge but with information on how to use this knowledge in real life.

I have to say thank you to UEA and Chevening Secretariat for giving me the opportunity to receive one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world and also to study with remarkable and smart students from all around the world. This is a great experience for me to meet so many different people gathered under the UEA umbrella of International development.


Khava, Chechen Republic (Russia) – Gender Analysis

Hi! I am studying my masters in Gender Analysis in International Development. I selected UEA as my first choice priority university during the Chevening application. I really liked the way the course was structured, it seemed to be perfectly tailored to meet my interests and help me achieve my future goals. I am now at UEA pursuing my dream course and there hasn’t been even a second that I have regretted choosing this university! UEA offers so much more than just a great course - the university has a great atmosphere, and is extremely supportive of all international students, offering a range of services, including language support and academic study skills sessions. One would never feel alone here!


Ana, Brazil - MSc Environmental Science

I have always dreamed of being able to understand the nexus environment-poverty-inequality and identify tools to diminish urban vulnerability to environmental hazards. UEA and Chevening Scholarship are enabling me to obtain the strong academic foundation necessary to make this dream a reality. Studying Environmental Sciences at UEA, a world leading teaching institution on environmental issues, is a perfect match to my aspirations as a future leader on socioenvironmental governance. In turn, Chevening Scholarship is a life-changing opportunity to be exposed to the academic excellence of UEA as well as to British life and culture and to improve my leadership skills while enhancing life-lasting professional and personal connections. I believe that there are talented people everywhere and giving them the means to identify, express and make use of their talents should be at the top of human values. Chevening and UEA are enabling talents from all over the world to construct the future.


Josias Hernandez, Cuba – MSc Marketing

Hello Chevening applicants! My name is Josias Hernandez and I am one of the Chevening Scholars studying here at the UEA.  Are you still in doubt whether to choose UEA or not? I can assure you that you will never regret choosing this campus.

If you want to study at one of the best universities in the UK, have access to up-to-date journals, great academic and sporting facilities, and most of all, academic staff who are very good professionals, always willing to support you and help you to be successful, you must come here. Go and complete your selection and join the UEA family!

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