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Chevening Scholarships for Nigerian students explained

Guide for Nigerian students planning to apply for a Chevening Scholarship


Chevening Scholarships are the UK government's global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. Participants come from over 160 countries worldwide, and this year the funding will support approximately 600 established or emerging leaders.


What is a Chevening Scholarship?


With Chevening you can have a fantastic experience of a one year Master’s degree at any participating UK university. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding students with leadership potential and Nigeria is one of the eligible countries. There are over 43,000 Chevening alumni around the world and you too can become part of this influential global network.


Chevening Scholarships for Nigerian students


Applicants from Nigeria can choose any programme but applications in the following fields are particularly welcome:

  • Agricultural research
  • Detentions
  • Energy
  • Environmental science
  • Financial services
  • Good governance
  • Human rights
  • Humanitarian crises
  • Infectious disease
  • Job creation
  • Law
  • Media
  • Power generation
  • Prison services
  • Prosperity
  • Rehabilitation
  • Science and innovation
  • Security
  • Small scale businesses




In order to be eligible for a Chevening scholarship, Nigerian applicants must meet certain criteria:

  • Be a citizen of Nigeria or another eligible country (excluding the USA and the EU)
  • Return to Nigeria for a minimum of two years after your scholarship has ended
  • Have an undergraduate degree to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university (typically an equivalent of an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK)
  • Have at least two years’ work experience
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these by 14 July in the year you wish to apply in
  • Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 14 July that year (for example, the overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component in IELTS)


Supporting documents


  • Two references to be provided in a letter format and written in English addressed to the British Embassy or High Commission
  • Valid passport or national ID card
  • University transcripts (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Three different UK Master's course choices
  • English language test results and UK Master's university offer (if you've already met the requirements)


Chevening Scholarship entitlement


Chevening entitles you to study on a 9 or 12 month long programme in the UK and covers the following:

  • university tuition fees
  • a monthly stipend
  • travel costs to and from the UK
  • an arrival allowance
  • a homeward departure allowance
  • a thesis grant
  • a grant for study materials
  • a study travel allowance
  • the cost of one visa application
  • a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK

In order to be eligible, the courses you choose must be:

  • Full-time and leading to a Master’s degree qualification
  • Start in the autumn term (usually September or October)

The course cannot be:

  • Distance learning or part-time
  • Less than 9 or more than 12 months long

Tip:  Choose the three courses carefully as you won't be able to change them after submitting your application.


Participating institutions


Institutions co-sponsor Chevening Awards in Nigeria which enables the programme to offer this unique opportunity of study in the UK. Chevening partners help to develop talented leaders globally and support those who will make an impact in the relevant field. If this sounds like you, check the university partners to find a perfect course and school in Britain.


A Chevening degree from a UK university will be recognised by employers, universities and governments across the globe and you will have a unique opportunity to explore Britain and its cultural heritage.

Bear in mind that you can't apply for a Chevening Award if you have previously received funding from another UK government scholarship programme.


Application deadlines


Applications for 2016-2017 Chevening Scholarships are now open and will close on 3 November at 12:00 GMT (midday UK time).

Tip:  Learn more about the Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria to get inspired and prepared for the study.


How will Chevening Scholarships help in future?


Chevening in Nigeria is awarded to distinguished emerging leaders and provides a fast track pathway for future influencers and decision-makers. Apart from the extensive professional and academic development, you will have a chance learn from other like-minded scholars and build your network. Diezani Alison Madueke came from Nigeria and was subsequently appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources Nigeria and the first female president of OPEC (2014) after her successful MBA at University of Cambridge completion through the Chevening programme. You can also read alumni profiles here and if you feel certain to challenge yourself to an application, be sure to stay focused throughout the course and follow through incredible career opportunities which the scholarship will open for you in the future.


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