chevening interviews

chevening interviews

The global interview period for 2019/2020 Chevening Scholarships will run from 4 March to 1 May 2019. Interviews for fellowships may take place at a different time. Please refer to your country page for further details.

Booking your Interview

You will receive an email with instructions on how to book your interview. Interview slots are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so we suggest that you book your slot as soon as possible. Once you have scheduled your interview, you will receive a booking confirmation email and your slot cannot be changed.

Applicants are required to attend face-to-face interviews in the country to which they have applied and must be prepared to travel to the interview in the first instance.

Only in exceptional circumstances are Skype interviews permitted. This is where security restrictions prevent applicants from travelling to the country to which they applied, or where there is no British embassy or high commission in the country. Such instances are considered on a case-by-case basis and a decision is made following consultation with the British embassy or high commission. You will be informed in your invitation email if your interview can be conducted via Skype.

Prior to attending your interview

Prior to attending your interview, and by 25 February 2019, you will be asked to upload the following documents to the online application system:

  • Education documents. Copies of your transcripts and certificates.
  • Biography. Scholars and fellows are required to upload a short biography that tells us more about you.
  • Copy of your passport photo page (for fellowships only)

Your two referees will also be contacted and asked to submit their references by 25 February 2019.

Preparing for your interview

You will need the following documents to take to your interview:

  • Passport/national ID
  • You are not required to bring any other documentation with you. Additional instructions may be provided in the booking confirmation email.

The chevening interview

The interview will be a competency-based panel assessment conducted in English.

The interview panel will include representatives from the British embassy or high commission, who will use the global Chevening criteria to assess your answers.

You will be asked a series of questions discussing some of the information you provided in the application form. The panel will ask questions that will enable you to explain your personal and professional aspirations, and how Chevening can facilitate your achievement of these goals. Your course choices will also be discussed and you will be asked to provide an update on your applications.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their interview after the global interview period, around early-mid June 2019. Please do not contact your local British embassy or high commission as updates on the status of your application cannot be provided earlier.

Applicants should not wait for the outcome of their interview to apply for their university courses and should apply for all three courses as early as possible. Any unconditional offers received should be uploaded to the online application system as soon as possible.