Tips for those applying for Chevening Scholarships

By Hopolang Mathaba (Guest Post)


I have gathered points to consider for those applying and those who may have interest in the future. It is a compilation from the four 2017/2018 Chevening scholars from Lesotho who are currently studying in the UK.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships and some Chevening Fellowships open between 7 August and 7 November. Applications for other Chevening Fellowships programmes open at different times during the year.

Here are pieces of advise from my peers and how to undertake the application process for the Chevening Scholars program.


“Always explain why the course you chose aligns with your experience and how this will benefit your community and country at large. In explaining this make your answer stand out, be concise and distinctive. You need to be striking so that you capture the application reader, there are a lot of people who apply for Chevening and also chose the same program you might be interested in. Make yours noticeable.” – Sharon Pinkie Manong, MSc. International Development at the University of Bath


“Have a clear future plan, realistic and achievable. Indicate, with practical examples how Chevening and your chosen course of study will help you to achieve your long term goals. Be aware of the current national problems that may be associated with your course choice and indicate how studying that course will help to address the problem.” – Jerminah Khosi, MSc. Sustainable Environmental Management at University of Greenwich


“Another important thing is to answer the application questions truthfully and remember to support your answers with solid examples, indicate how you have already played a leadership role. For example, it can be from school, societies and organizations and in your current work. Then, you should relate how you have strong communication skills as well as ability to share because only a few applicants are chosen for the scholarship and they are expected to play a significant role in changing more people’s lives.” – Thabo Moea, MSc. Environmental Management, Aberystwyth University, Wales


From me, Mathaba Hopolang, MSc. Forensic Science, University of Strathclyde Glasgow. A lot has been said by the other students, I can add to say; be sure of your career goals and how they will be of benefit to the country and help towards development. Bear in mind to give career goals aligned with what the British Government foreign policy is in regard to development of your country.

Do not fall in the trap of trying to twist your story just because you want to make an impression to the judges. Be original, be yourself, because what you say in your application you will have to justify at an interview if you get shortlisted. You are able to be spontaneous and confident with your personal experience, so support your leadership skills and networking skill with your real experiences.

The Chevening Secretariat is looking for people with leadership potential, networking skills and how those can help in your career and achieving your goals.

Learn more about Chevening Scholarships 2018/2019