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TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

AUGUST 2013

Summary of updates
Eligibility added to this is the need for Scholars to be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university, as well details of what constitutes work or equivalent experience.
See Section 2: Eligibility.

Equal opportunities an equal opportunities statement is included in the section on selection criteria.
See Section 3: Selection criteria.

Course selection three courses must be indicated on the application; applicants are encouraged to include a reach, a likely and a safety option; these courses should not change so we emphasise the need for thorough research up front; applicants that only list one or two courses on the Chevening application will not be considered.
See Section 5: University admissions and Section 6: Application and selection procedure.

Application closing dates a full list of application closing dates by region.


See Section 6: Application and selection procedure.

Visa application, travel arrangements and arrival allowance explanation of making a visa application, travel arrangements and arrival allowances for Scholars.
See Section 6: Application and selection procedure.

General responsibilities an outline of the general responsibilities of Chevening Scholars (general awareness of reputation; publications; and social media).
See Section 8: Your general responsibilities.

Effectuation of a Chevening Scholarship an explanation of the effectuation of a Chevening Scholarship.


See Section 9: Conditions of the Chevening Scholarship.

Data protection more detailed information about data protection.


See Section 9: Conditions of the Chevening Scholarship.

Information for Indian short course Scholars updated information for Indian short course Scholars, including additional eligibility criteria.
See Appendix A: Information for Indian short courses.

Section 1: Section 2: Section 3: Section 4: Section 5: Section 6:

OVERVIEW ......................................................................2 ELIGIBILITY .....................................................................2 SELECTION CRITERIA....................................................4 ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT ..........................4 UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS .............................................6 APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE .............7

Registering your interest: ................................................................................................... 7 Applying through eChevening: ........................................................................................... 8 Review of applications: ...................................................................................................... 9 Invitation to interview: ........................................................................................................ 9 After your interview: ........................................................................................................... 2

Section 7: Section 8: Section 9: Section 10:

VALUE OF THE AWARD .................................................3 YOUR GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES............................4 CONDITIONS OF THE CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP .....6 PARTNERSHIP CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIPS .............8

Effectuation of a Chevening Scholarship ........................................................................... 6

Appendix A: INFORMATION FOR INDIAN SHORT COURSES ...........8


Eligibility ............................................................................................................................ 8 Specific eligibility and selection criteria for individual courses ............................................ 9 Applying through eChevening ............................................................................................ 9 Invitation to interview ....................................................................................................... 10 Value of the award........................................................................................................... 10 Additional points for short course Chevening Scholars .................................................... 10

Section 1:

OVERVIEW

1. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship programme was established in 1983 and is now an internationally prestigious scheme with over 42,000 alumni. This year the Scholarships will support over 600 established or emerging leaders studying at universities across the UK. Chevening Scholarships are currently offered in 118 countries. 2. Chevening is a merit-based, open, national competition and makes awards to talented individuals who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. Chevening Scholarships are awarded across a wide range of fields; including politics, government, business, the media, the environment, civil society, religion, and academia. 3. Chevening awards enable Scholars to study a one-year postgraduate Master's course in any discipline at any UK university. The priority areas in which Scholarships are funded vary from country to country and can be found on the country pages of the Chevening website. In some countries short courses are also funded, with further details set out from time to time on the relevant country pages of the Chevening website and/or the local British Embassy or High Commission website. 4. Chevening Scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), with further contributions from universities and other partners in the UK and overseas, including governmental and private sector bodies. 5. Candidates are selected for the Scholarships by an interview panel organised by the British Embassy or British High Commission in your country. The programme is administered on behalf of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office by the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat, which is part of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, in London.

Section 2:

ELIGIBILITY

6. There are no age restrictions for Chevening Scholarships. To qualify for a Chevening Scholarship, you must:

be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country at the time of applying for the award, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study (you must also be available to attend an interview in your home country); hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK (some universities use NARIC to assess degree

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equivalency);

demonstrate that you have achieved the minimum Chevening English language requirement (set out below); have completed at least two years' work or equivalent experience before applying (including voluntary work and paid or unpaid internships); be able to obtain the correct visa (in accordance with the instructions for your county at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/countries), and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university.

The eligibility criteria for short course applicants is listed in Appendix A. If you do not meet the above criteria please do not apply. Your application will not be considered. 7.

You are not eligible to apply for a Chevening Scholarship if: You or your immediate relatives1 are employed by Her Majesty's Government (this includes the FCO, FCO Overseas Posts, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Trade and Investment, the Ministry of Defence and the UK Border Agency), the British Council, a co-sponsor or a sponsoring university and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. You or your immediate relatives1 left the above employment categories after 30 September 2011. You have already received financial benefit from a UK government-funded scholarship award. You are applying from a country other than your home country, unless you are able to return to your home country for interview and demonstrate your intention to return there immediately after the completion of your course to become a future leader, decision-maker or opinion former. You are a dual national, where one of your nationalities is British (except if you are a national of a British Overseas Territory, or if you hold BN(O) nationality and are applying from Hong Kong), or if you have any valid leave to enter or remain in the UK which suggests that you may not return to your home country after your Scholarship. If you are invited to attend an interview, you will be asked to disclose full details of any other nationalities held and your UK immigration status.

Immediate relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or stepsiblings, children or step-children, spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner (where the couple have been in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years).

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Section 3:

SELECTION CRITERIA

8. Chevening Scholarships are for high-calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. You will need to demonstrate that you:

have the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership in your home country; are motivated to develop your career in order to establish a position of leadership in your own country within 10 years of your Scholarship; have a clear post-Scholarship plan, outlining your career objectives and how you plan to achieve them; are committed to networking to find global solutions; are committed to networking within the Chevening community, via online engagement and attending Chevening events in the UK and engaging with the alumni network in your home country; are able to use your studies and experience in the UK to benefit yourself, your country and the UK; are capable of successfully undertaking and completing your proposed course of study in the UK.

9. The FCO and Secretariat encourage applications from suitably qualified people from any background, and are firmly committed to equal opportunities. The FCO and Secretariat do not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Section 4:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

10. In order to apply for a Chevening Scholarship you must meet our minimum English language requirement by 23 June 2014. For Chevening candidates, no pre-sessionals are allowed in any instance (this applies to self-funded presessionals too). You can fulfil the Chevening English language requirement by taking an English language test and achieving the scores specified below OR by claiming an exemption based on the exemption lists below. English language tests You are free to take tests more than once in order to meet the Chevening English language requirement. All tests should be taken by 23 June 2014 at the latest. You should take a test as early as possible, and well in advance of the deadline. Chevening does not pay for costs associated with English language, and you are responsible for booking and paying for costs associated with these tests, unless special arrangements apply in your country. The English language test must be taken from one of the three approved providers below, on or after 1 October 2012. The minimum English language requirement is as follows:

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Academic IELTS Overall score - 6.5, with a minimum score in each component of: Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5 Pearson PTE Academic Overall score 58, with a minimum score in each component of: Listening 42, Reading 42, Speaking 42, Writing 42 TOEFL iBT Overall score 79, with a minimum score in each component of: Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17 11. If you do not already have an existing eligible test certificate (see below) it is your responsibility to ensure that you have booked a test date. You should organise a test at the earliest opportunity. Please note that the turnaround time for English language tests varies: IELTS results will be available in 13 days; PTE Academic results will be available in five business days; and TOEFL results will be available approximately 10 days after your test. 12. If there are no English language test centres in your country please see your country page for further guidance. 13. Applicants who are nationals of one of the following countries are exempt from submitting an English language test for a Chevening Scholarship, in line with Home Office policy: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America and British Overseas Territories. 14. Applicants who have been awarded a Bachelor's degree or higher in one of the following countries are also exempt from submitting an English language test for a Chevening Scholarship: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK, and the United States of America. 15. If you take an Academic IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL iBT test before applying, you should include your English language test score and test certificate number on your Chevening application form. These test certificates will only be valid if your test was taken after 1 October 2012.

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If you take a PTE Academic test you must include 'Chevening Scholarships' on the PTE Academic website as one of the organisations that can be informed about your test results. If you take a TOEFL test you must include 'Chevening Scholars Assoc Commonwealth Universities' (Code 3198) as one of the organisations that can be informed about your test results. The test scores you enter on your application form will be verified with the testing organisation. It is therefore vitally important that this information is entered accurately on your application form.

16. Please note that if you do not demonstrate that you have met the required English language level by 23 June 2014 or that you qualify for an exemption or special arrangements apply because there is no test centre in your country, your application will be rejected. 17. All Chevening Scholars must also meet the academic and English language requirements for their chosen course of study. The English language requirements for some courses may be higher than the minimum eligibility requirement for a Chevening Scholarship or you may be required to take a different English language test. It is your responsibility to meet any higher or different requirements. Being a Chevening Scholar does not automatically exempt you from university requirements or the requirements of the UK Border Agency. Remember that no pre-sessional courses for Chevening candidates are allowed, even in instances where your university requests one or where attendance is self-funded.

Section 5:

UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS

18. You are expected to submit applications to UK universities before, or at the same time as, applying for a Chevening Scholarship. It is your responsibility to pay for any fee relating to your university applications, (including administration fees, English tests and GMAT tests). The courses to which you apply must be:

a one-year postgraduate Master's course, the University of Oxford Certificate in Diplomatic Studies, or an approved short course (as advertised from time to time on the Chevening website and/or your local British Embassy or High Commission website).

19. The following courses will not be accepted under the Chevening Scholarships programme:

Undergraduate degrees Distance learning courses Part-time courses Courses over one year in length including PhDs or DPhils Supervised research not leading to a Master's degree qualification Courses with more than one month of study outside the UK

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20. You can find further information about postgraduate courses at UK universities from Education UK and Prospects, or read our information on studying in the UK. 21. You will be asked to state the names of three chosen UK Masters' courses and universities on the Chevening application form, in order of preference - a reach course, a likely course, and a safety course. A reach course is one where you might have a relatively difficult chance gaining entry; a likely course is one where you should gain entry; and a safety course is one where you are almost certain to gain entry. You must include on the Chevening application form the full name of the university/universities and the exact name of your preferred courses (as set out on the university website or prospectus). Only Masters' courses starting in September/October 2014 are eligible for funding. Courses starting later in 2014 or in 2015 are not eligible for funding. 22. Think very carefully about which universities and courses you select on your application form. If your Chevening Scholarship application is successful you will be expected to attend your first choice university course (i.e. your reach course) and will not be able to amend your course selection. You will not be able to change your first choice unless you are declined by the university; another choice is indicated by the Embassy/High Commission during selection; or there is some other unforeseen circumstance, such as the course being cancelled for your year. If you are not accepted by your first choice university, you will be expected to accept your second or third choice in that order. The only exception will be if the Chevening Scholarships interview panel decides to offer you a Scholarship contingent on acceptance at a particular university or course (which may or may not be one of your preferred choices). Different arrangements will apply for short courses (available in certain countries) as these are normally for study at a particular university. 23. If your Chevening Scholarship application is successful, but the applications to your three preferred universities/courses or any other courses agreed by the selection panel are unsuccessful, the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat may offer you further placement advice. The Secretariat cannot guarantee placement at any particular university or course, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you submit your university applications in good time. 24. Your chosen universities may require a higher level or different language test than the minimum required for you to apply for a Chevening Scholarship (see paragraph 17 above). It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the academic and English language requirements of your preferred universities/courses.

Section 6: APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE


Registering your interest:
25. You should register your interest in the Chevening Scholarships programme and sign up to receive notifications of application opening and closing dates for your country via the country pages of the Chevening website.

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Applying through eChevening:


26. To apply for a Chevening Scholarship, you must complete and submit an online eChevening application form. Short course applicants should refer to Appendix A for information on how to apply. Applications will open on 1 September 2013 and close in November 2013. If you have registered on the Chevening website you will be notified when the eChevening site is open for applications. The opening and closing dates for each country will be available on the country pages of the Chevening website. Applications from all fields are accepted, however, country pages contain details of priority subject areas which vary from country to country. Applications received after the closing date for your country will not be considered. 27. We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible preferably well before the closing date for your country. Deadlines are as follows:
1 September - eChevening system opens for applications from all countries 1 November - eChevening application deadline for Region 1:
o o o o o o o Albania Armenia Australia Bangladesh Belarus Bosnia British Overseas Territories Croatia Ethiopia & Djibouti Georgia o o o o o o o o o o o Iceland India Kenya Kosovo Macedonia Maldives Moldova Montenegro Nepal New Zealand Pacific Islands Group o o o o o o o o o o o Russia Rwanda Serbia Seychelles Somalia South Sudan Sri Lanka Tanzania Turkey Uganda Ukraine

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8 November - eChevening application deadline for Region 2:


o o o o Angola Azerbaijan Bahamas Barbados & Eastern Caribbean Belize Cameroon Canada Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic DR Congo Egypt o o o o o o o o o o o El Salvador Ghana Guatemala Haiti Honduras Indonesia/Ea st Timor Israel Jamaica Jordan Kazakhstan Kyrgyz Republic (by Kazakhstan) Lebanon o o o o o o o o o o o o o Mexico Nicaragua Nigeria Palestinian Territories Panama Senegal Sierra Leone Syria Tajikistan The Gambia Trinidad & Tobago Turkmenistan Uzbekistan

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15 November - eChevening application deadline for Region 3:


o o o o o o Afghanistan Algeria Argentina Bolivia Botswana Brazil o o o o o o Brunei Burma Cambodia Chile China Colombia o o o o o DPR (North) Korea Ecuador Guyana Hong Kong Iran

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o o o o o o o o o o o Iraq Japan Laos Lesotho Libya Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Mauritius Mongolia Morocco o o o o o o o o o o o Mozambique Namibia Pakistan Paraguay Peru Philippines Singapore South Africa South Korea Sudan Swaziland o o o o o o o o o Taiwan Thailand Tunisia Uruguay Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

28. Your eChevening application form will ask you to demonstrate that you meet the Chevening minimum English language requirement. You will be asked to provide details of your Academic IELTS, Pearson PTE Academic or TOEFL iBT test including the scores that you achieved for each component and your test report or certificate number. Alternatively you will need to demonstrate that you qualify for an exemption or where there is no test centre that special arrangements apply for your country. Please see the above English language requirement section of this guidance for further details. 29. The eChevening application form will ask you to state three UK universities and Masters courses in order of preference (see paragraph 20 above). Applicants that only list one or two courses on the Chevening application will not be considered. In cases where your Chevening Scholarship is tied to a specific university or course only, you should refer to the Guidance for Applicants for further instructions on what to enter on your application form. You should submit applications to your preferred universities before (or at the same time as) applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Please see the above university admissions section of this guidance for further details. 30. You must set out clearly in your Personal Statement on the application form how you believe you meet the Chevening selection criteria (see paragraph 8 above). This is vitally important to enable the interview panel to assess your application properly. If you do not clearly set out how you believe you meet the criteria you will not be recommended for interview.

Review of applications:
31. Applications will be sifted against the Chevening eligibility criteria and then reviewed by a committee chaired by an Academic Specialist and administered by the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat. The committee will make recommendations to the local British Embassy or British High Commission about which candidates might be invited for interview.

Invitation to interview:
32. The final decision on which candidates are invited for interview will be made by the local British Embassy or British High Commission. Candidates invited for interview will not be reimbursed for any expenses incurred in travelling to attend the interview (unless otherwise specified in your invitation to interview letter).

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33. If you are not invited to attend an interview, you will be informed that your application has not been successful. Due to the high volume of applications received, it is not possible to give feedback on individual applications. The Chevening website will provide some typical reasons as to why applications are not successful. 34. If you are invited to attend an interview, the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat will write to the referees that you provided on your application form to request references. At this point you must also contact your referees to ensure that they provide a reference (in English) in good time to be considered by the selection panel. You will also be asked to sign a declaration relating to such issues as nationality, immigration status etc which must be returned to the Secretariat by the date specified. 35. You will be informed in your invitation to interview about any the documents that you must bring with you to the interview. 36. The Chevening Scholarships interview panel will comprise at least one member of the British Embassy or High Commission and may include other members including e.g. representatives of co-sponsors and Chevening alumni. Interviews will normally be held at the British Embassy or High Commission. Interviews will take place in April 2014 and will concentrate on how you meet the Chevening selection criteria (see above).

After your interview:


37. The interview panel will make recommendations on who is to be offered a Scholarship and which (if any) candidates should be placed on a reserve list. You will be informed of the outcome of your interview as soon as possible. This is typically within two or three weeks of the interview being held but it may take longer in countries where, for example, interviews are being held in multiple centres. Please do not contact your local Embassy or High Commission or the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat to enquire about the status of your application. You will be informed about the outcome as soon as it is possible to do so. 38. If you are successful at the interview stage, your Embassy or High Commission will write to you to inform you that you have been invited to move on to the next stage in the selection process. You will be assigned a Programme Officer at the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat, who will request that you provide additional information and documents including unconditional offers from your preferred university/universities. You will also be required to undertake a medical examination (which may include a chest x-ray) at your own expense. The results of the medical examination will be reviewed by the Chevening Secretariat's Medical Adviser. These steps need to be satisfactorily completed before it is possible to confirm your Scholarship and issue a Final Award Letter. 39. You should not make any financial commitment or jeopardise your current employment until your Scholarship is confirmed and a Final Award Letter is issued.
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40. Scholars should apply for their visa immediately after receiving their Final Award Letter confirming their Scholarship as the process can take several months. Only the Final Award Letter may be used as evidence of the Scholarship for visa purposes. In order to apply for your visa you must follow the Home Office instructions for your country of citizenship at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/countries. You must be in your country of citizenship when making your visa application and will not be permitted to apply for your visa from elsewhere, except in cases where you may be required to travel to a neighbouring country for your biometrics appointment. 41. Any costs incurred in travelling to visa appointments are not normally covered by a Chevening Scholarship and cannot normally be reimbursed to you. 42. Where your award covers travel costs, there is an arrangement in place with STA Travel, the travel agent nominated by the Secretariat. Upon receiving your Final Award Letter, your Programme Officer will provide you with the procedure for booking flights and the contact details for this agent. STA Travel will then arrange your flight and invoice the Secretariat directly so you do not have to make a payment yourself. The agent will arrange your travel within the following guidelines: Single economy class fare; nearest airport in your home country to nearest airport to your UK university; most economical flight available with reputable airline; to arrive no earlier than one month before your course start date.

Scholars should note that the above guidelines mean that it will not always be possible for the agency to procure a direct flight. 43. Prior to your arrival in the UK you will receive a cashcard which will contain an arrival allowance. This card must be activated prior to your arrival in the UK.

Section 7:
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VALUE OF THE AWARD

A full Chevening Scholarship award normally comprises: payment of tuition fees (up to a limit check individual country pages on the Chevening website for details of fee caps); travel to and from your country of residence by an approved route for you only; an arrival allowance; the cost of an entry clearance (visa) application for you only; a grant for the cost of preparation of a thesis or dissertation (if required); an excess baggage allowance; a monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover accommodation and living expenses. The monthly stipend will depend on whether you are studying inside or outside London. It is currently 948 per month outside the London metropolitan area and 1173 per month inside the London metropolitan area
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(defined as being within the M25) or where your university is a member of the University of London. These rates are subject to annual review. 45. Tuition fee payments for Master's in Business Administration (MBA) courses have an upper limit of 12,000. If you study for an MBA you will be expected to fund any difference above this sum. You may be required to demonstrate that you hold sufficient funding to cover the remaining tuition fee costs. In some countries the maximum award for tuition fees for all Masters' courses may also have an upper limit. If so you will be expected to fund any difference above this upper limit. 46. The Chevening selection panel may also offer part Scholarship awards. This award may fund tuition fees only (no stipend or other allowance) or stipend and allowances only (no tuition fees). In the case of part awards you will be expected to fund any difference. 47. Awards funded by co-sponsors or in association with co-sponsors may also vary depending on the agreement reached with the co-sponsor. 48. Any award offered may take into account other significant Scholarship or similar awards by reducing the amount of any Chevening Scholarship. You must not accept any other form of publicly-funded award during your Scholarship and should not normally accept additional funding for purposes already covered by Chevening. You will be required to disclose on your application form whether you have applied, or intend to apply, for any other scholarships or awards. You may retain funding or other benefits not specifically covered by your Chevening Scholarship and you may continue to be in receipt of a salary from your past employer during your Scholarship.

Section 8:

YOUR GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

49. You must keep in touch with the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat during the term of your Scholarship and, in particular, keep it 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.

50. Scholars will be expected to spend the majority of their time in the UK. All academic visits overseas, and all non-academic visits overseas for longer than 14 days, are subject to approval by the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat. If permission is given by the Secretariat to exceed this limit, Scholars may be subject to a loss of living allowance (stipend) for that period. 51. As a Chevening Scholar you are an ambassador for both Chevening and your home country while in the UK and your actions and remarks will have an impact on
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the reputation of both. You must not engage in political activities or in any other activities of a public nature likely to affect the British Government adversely. We urge you to exercise sound judgement at all times and to be particularly aware of Chevenings social media policy when sharing your views online (refer to 52. below for further details). Scholars who share their Chevening experiences online should acknowledge that their views are their own and do not represent the Chevening programme or the FCO. Any Scholar who posts inappropriate or offensive material on the internet in relation to the Chevening programme may have their Scholarship terminated. 52. Scholars must not serve as an official representative (whether diplomatic, consular, or otherwise) of any government during the course of their studies. 53. Scholars must acknowledge Chevening in any publications (e.g. journal articles, book chapters or a thesis) resulting from their visit to the UK during the term of their Chevening Scholarship. Scholars must ensure that they cite Chevening Scholarships as Chevening Scholarships, the UK governments global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. Scholars must also pass a copy of any such publication or broadcast to the Secretariat. 54. Scholars and alumni should adhere to certain good practices and conventions of polite and constructive discourse when using Chevenings social media platforms. We will not publish and will remove comments on social networks that: contain abusive, obscene, indecent or offensive language; contain swear words or other sorts of profanity; contain abusive language towards an individual involved in the thread, other organisations or the page administrator; constitute spam or promote or advertise products except where it is for an event, publication or similar item that has direct relevance to the subject of discussion (information about locating and sharing knowledge and expertise is welcomed); are designed to cause nuisance to the page administrator or other users.

If we have to remove a post, we will contact you to explain why. Repeat offenders may be blocked from using our social media indefinitely. Please note that you must gain permission from the FCO if you seek to set up a Chevening group on any of Chevenings social networks. 55. New Scholars will be expected to take part in a virtual orientation webinar at the start of their award and also attend a Welcome Reception within the UK upon their arrival (travel expenses will be covered).

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Section 9: CONDITIONS OF THE CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP


Effectuation of a Chevening Scholarship
56. The effectuation of a Chevening Scholarship is contingent upon the availability of transportation and sufficient funds, stable conditions in the UK and the Scholars ability to procure relevant UK entry clearance (a visa) and receive medical clearance. Neither the FCO nor the Secretariat assumes responsibility for any injury, accident, illness, loss of personal property or other contingencies which may befall a Scholar during the course of his/her Chevening Scholarship. We strongly advise that Scholars take out appropriate insurance to cover their travel to, and stay in, the UK. 57. Full details of administrative arrangements will be given to Chevening Scholars with conditional offer letters and in the Scholarship Handbook. When considering whether to apply for an award, you should be aware of the following points: a) The FCO and the Secretariat reserve the right to publish the names and basic details of candidates selected for awards on the Chevening website or on other websites or in other publications. They also reserve the right to share a Scholars details with other Chevening Scholars and alumni, relevant university contacts, sponsor/partner organisations and other FCO and government departments. By applying for an award you give consent for such sharing and publication of your details in the event of your application being successful. b) The United Kingdom Data Protection Act 1998 governs the use (or processing) of personal data held on an individual by an organisation and it states that the rules of good information handling (the data protection principles) must be observed. The FCO and ACU will handle all information about Scholars according to these data protection principles. It will be necessary for Scholar details to be kept on file and Scholars will be required to confirm on their award acceptance form that they consent to this. In submitting an application for a Chevening Scholarship you also consent for the information in your application together with any references and supporting documentation to be shared with those assessing applications and relevant sponsor/partner organisations. c) A Chevening Scholarship is tenable for no longer than one academic year but may terminate sooner in circumstances where you course is less than one year in length. Stipend payments will only be made for the duration of a Scholars course. d) Supervisors or Directors of Study at UK universities will be asked from time to time to report to the Secretariat on the academic progress and general conduct of Chevening Scholars enrolled at their university. This information will only be shared with the British Embassy/High Commission in the Scholar's home country and any sponsors/partners of your award. e) Should a Scholar be dismissed from his/her university for any reason, the Scholarship will be immediately terminated.
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f) There is no provision for dependants of Chevening Scholars. Scholars may choose to bring their dependants with them to the UK but are advised not to do so. The Chevening programme provides no financial support for dependants and will not endorse the visa applications of, nor provide travel for, dependants. g) Applications to defer awards will not be accepted except in the case of pregnancy. Candidates selected for a Chevening Scholarship who are unable to take up their award must withdraw from the programme and re-apply the following year. h) Chevening Scholarships may not be extended beyond 12 months unless there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptions will only be granted by the FCO if there are strong academic or welfare reasons to support this and are subject to the availability of funds. i) If you become pregnant before starting your award and your expected date of delivery is before 31 March 2015, you should be aware that it is likely you will miss some of the crucial first two terms of a taught Master's course around the time of the delivery of the baby. You may either continue with your award or you may defer it till the following academic year. If you wish to continue with the Scholarship, you need to be aware that if you take any extended period of leave, it is possible that your visa will be cancelled and, if so, you will have to return home and apply for another visa before being able to resume your studies. j) Candidates must state on their application form whether they have applied, or intend to apply, for any other scholarships or awards. The right is reserved to abate Chevening Scholarship Awards in instances where Scholars are beneficiaries of other significant awards, prizes or earned income. k) Chevening Scholars are not barred from taking part-time employment while in the UK. However, Scholars must comply with the employment conditions of their visa, university/college regulations, and individual Scholars' overall commitment to their studies in the UK, and the conditions of award. Scholars should remember that their academic studies are of paramount importance and should be given due priority. l) Scholars must return to their home country when their award comes to an end. The Secretariat is unable to provide any letter of support which might be required to enable a Scholar to stay on to work in the UK. m) All terms and conditions of award are subject to UK local law and practices.

n) All regulations concerning immigration and entry clearance (visas) are set by the Home Office and are subject to change. o) In line with the UK Bribery Act, which came into effect on 1 July 2011, any candidate convicted of bribery will be banned from applying for a Chevening Scholarship for a period of up to five years.

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p) Failure to comply with the conditions of the Chevening Scholarship or conditions of entry clearance to the UK will result in the withdrawal of the Scholarship. q) A Scholarship may be terminated at any time for reasons of unsatisfactory conduct, progress, attendance, ill health, if it is discovered that any documentation submitted by a Scholar is fraudulent or if a Scholar does not comply with these Terms and Conditions. 58. These Terms and Conditions may be subject to change and the final version will be issued with a Scholars Final Award Letter. Once signed, this indicates a Scholar agrees to that final version and will abide by it. Failure to do so could result in programme ejection and repayment of the award in full.

Section 10: PARTNERSHIP CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIPS


59. You should consult the partnerships section of the website for details about partnership Scholarships for specific programmes/countries and how to apply for these.

Appendix A: INFORMATION FOR INDIAN SHORT COURSES


The Chevening Gurukul Leadership Programme, Chevening Rolls Royce Science, Innovation and Leadership Programme, and the Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme are short courses, lasting approximately three months each, offered to nationals of India. In 2013 the Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme was also offered to nationals of Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan.

Eligibility
In addition to the general eligibility criteria for Chevening Scholars, applicants for short courses must ensure that they have the following attributes: a high standard of written and spoken English; influencing and communications skills, a track record of leadership, networking ability and ambition; intelligence, academic potential, drive, self-management, strength of character and integrity; the ability to think independently and creatively, a deep interest in and commitment to innovation, the ability to work in diverse teams as well as individually, excellent academic qualifications, and above all the motivation to contribute constructively to the programme; the ability to develop collaboration between India and the UK, often in complex and fast-moving areas.
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Specific eligibility and selection criteria for individual courses


Chevening Rolls-Royce Science, Innovation and Leadership Programme Applications are invited from exceptional candidates from public, private and nongovernmental organisations. You should have either an excellent academic background in science, engineering or technology or considerable experience of working in such fields. You must be an independent and creative thinker, and have a deep interest in and commitment to innovation. Your work should ideally be cross-disciplinary and of a type where developing links with UK industry and the UK research base research is of mutual benefit. You must demonstrable the ability to develop collaborations between India and the UK, often in complex, fast-moving and cross-disciplinary areas. You must be able to work in diverse teams as well as individually, and above all have the motivation to contribute constructively to the programme. You are expected to have at least ten years' professional experience.

Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme Applications are invited from future media leaders and opinion formers working in the areas of political, economic and business journalism in India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Nepal. You must have an excellent academic record. You should be a mid-career journalist from India, Pakistan, Bhutan or Nepal covering political and/or economic sectors. You are expected to have had at least seven years' (five years for Bhutan applicants) professional experience working at a leading media group.

Chevening Gurukul Leadership Programme Applications are invited from exceptional candidates from public, private and nongovernmental organisations. You must be an independent and creative thinker. You must be able to demonstrate the ability to develop collaboration between India and the UK, often in complex and fast-moving areas. You must be able to work in diverse teams as well as individually, above all have the motivation to contribute constructively to the programme. You are expected to have had at least ten years' professional experience.

Applying through eChevening


To apply for a short course Chevening Scholarship, you must complete and submit an online eChevening application form at
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https://www.chevening.fco.gov.uk/CISPApplication/Intro.aspx. Applications for different programmes have different opening and closing dates. The opening and closing dates for each course will be available on the India country pages of the Chevening website. If you have registered on the Chevening website you will be notified when the eChevening site is open for applications. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Invitation to interview
Candidates invited for interview will not be reimbursed for any expenses incurred in travelling to attend the interview (unless otherwise specified in your invitation to interview letter).

Value of the award


The Chevening Scholarship will normally cover: payment of tuition fees; all costs associated with the programme; economy travel to and from your country of residence to the UK by an approved route for you only; accommodation; a monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover other living expenses for you only; the costs of an entry clearance (student visitor visa) application for you only.

Additional points for short course Chevening Scholars


There is no provision for dependants of Chevening Scholars. The Chevening programme provides no financial support for dependants and will not endorse the visa applications of dependants. Due to the short term of these courses no family members may accompany the Scholars during these courses. You must diligently pursue the course of studies agreed and conform to the rules of any organisation in which you work or study. You must not pursue any other course of study, or transfer to any other education institution. You must ensure that the Secretariat and British High Commission, New Delhi (or the Embassy or High Commission in your home country as appropriate) have up to date contact details for you, including UK address and email, and overseas address and email at the end of your Scholarship.

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August 2013 Chevening Scholarships Secretariat on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office c/o The Association of Commonwealth Universities Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HF www.chevening.org

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