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Chevening Awards

About the award

Level: Masters
Course: Any full-time 1-yr Master's course.
Country: Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep. of, Congo, Rep. of, Costa Rica, Cote D’ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, North Korea, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, State of, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Falkland Islands, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Value: Full tuition fees, living costs and flights.
No. of awards: Unlimited number at Queen Mary (around 1900 across UK)
Deadline: Applications for September 2021 entry will be open September 3-November 3 2020.

More information

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Queen Mary works closely with the Chevening - the UK government’s international scheme aimed at developing global leaders - to provide a large number of full scholarships for study on our one-year Masters courses.

Every year we host a large cohort of the 1900 Chevening Scholars who come to study at universities all over the UK. Generally we welcome around 90 scholars each year but there is no cap on this number.

Our Chevening Scholars play an active role in our lively and diverse student community and are invited to attend our annual International Scholars Reception, as well as a variety of other scholarship events throughout the year. Chevening are publishing lots of useful tips and videos to help you with your application on their Facebook page 

The Awards

Chevening Scholarships are available for students from almost all nationalities except those from the EU or USA.

All Chevening awards cover full overseas tuition fees, as well as providing a stipend for living costs, air-fares, and a variety of other expenses.

Chevening Scholars also benefit from a year-long programme of events helping you experience the best of British culture and to make the most of your time in the UK.

How to Apply

Applications for all scholarships must be made directly to the Chevening: full details on how to apply are available on the Chevening’s webpages.

All 12 month full-time Masters courses are eligible for this award. Those starting in January or lasting longer than 12 months are not eligible. Online course are not eligible.

Candidates should also apply for their chosen Masters programme at QMUL through our online portal in the normal way.

Candidates are encouraged to apply to Queen Mary before February to ensure that their application can be processed in a time to meet the Chevening’s deadline for the confirmation of their unconditional university offer in July 2021.

Meet our scholars



Akmaral Sman, Kazakhstan

Akmaral is studying for a Masters in Public Administration in our School of Business and Management. She has been nominated as the course representative and loves the teaching style on her course which combines the important aspects of public management with objective analysis of the failures within society today.

Akmaral particularly enjoys the diversity of London. “Every morning i see so many faces, colours, titles of books in the tube, styles, laughs and serious faces. It is amazing how you can basically in 15 minutes can hear at least 30 languages of passers-by.”


Deema Yousef AlWeshahi, Jordan 

Before coming to Queen Mary to study International Business, Deema studied for a degree in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA and then worked in the healthcare field. She chose to bring her Chevening Scholarship to Queen Mary due to its great reputation among London’s universities, the international environment, the program structure and the feedback from other students.

She is making the most from the wide range of free courses in critical thinking and academic devlopement, enjoying the dedicated postgraduate study spaces and getting involved with activities run by the Students’ Union.


Karen Leung, Hong Kong

Karen is studying for a LLM in Competition Law with her Chevening scholarship. She notes that the teaching is extremely practical as well as being inspirational and insightful. The central London location of the commercial law department is a bonus for Karen who enjoys the vibrancy and creativity of the West End.

She recommends that applicants reach out to alumni and existing students and spend time to go through the full list of modules and options before applying.



Mukta Balroop, Trinidad and Tobago

Mukta is studying for a LLM in Media Law and loves that the diversity of Queen Mary allows for making friends from all over the world and lays the foundation for a great legal network in the future.

He also found rankings to be unhelpful and said he found much more useful information by reaching out to alumni, researching the professors and reading in depth about the specific modules offered by Queen Mary School of Law.  



 Zhandos Sybanbayev, Kazakhstan

Zhandos is using his Chevening Scholarship to study for a MSc in Management. He loves studying in London because of the opportunity to be at the centre of events, both academic and entertainment. One evening you could be watching a world-leading economist give a lecture, and the next you’ll be at a sold-out music concert!

He advises new students to try and get involved in student life outside of your academic commitments in order to get the most out of your time in the UK.


Vaibhav Chadha, India 

Vaibhav is taking the general Laws LLM at our Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS). He loves the diversity of modules available which he says has help him expand his scope and see things from completely new points of view. Many of his modules are taught by practising lawyers who help to bring class alive by including interactive elements based on their experience in the professional legal world.

Vaibhav is enjoying studying in London for the first time; “London to me is a world in itself. You meet people from countries you never heard of, you get food items you might never had ... Studying in London has its own incentives. You are taught here with some of the best teaching practices and standards. Students here receive an exposure which not only leads to their academic but also overall growth.”


Liya Saffura, Malaysia

Liya is a lawyer, specialising in corporate governance and is studying on our general LLM Laws with her Chevening scholarship. She enjoys the flexibility that the course offers, allowing her to venture into different disciplines such as ethics in finance and laws on climate change.

Liya appreciates the diverse background of both the staff and the students at Queen Mary which offers great opportunities to learn about different cultures. She also credits the extensive collection of academic materials which make research for assignments and essays hassle-free.

In her free time, Liya takes advantage of the vast array of art galleries and classical music concerts available in central London.


Daniel Gasaatura, Rwanda

Daniel is a Chevening scholar studying on the MSc Finance and Law at Queen Mary. His favourite aspect of the course is the chance to integrate financial and accounting knowledge into his existing legal background. He knows this will make him an especially valuable asset upon returning to Rwanda.

The variety and flexibility of course modules is another big positive for Daniel. It allows him to pick exactly those which are relevant to his country’s economy, making the qualification directly applicable after graduation. However, he warns applicants to take time to properly read about all the options as the huge variety can be confusing if you try to rush.

Daniel loves living in London; he said “Nothing beats the experience of living in one of the biggest cities in the world. QMUL has a great learning environment, and has very helpful staff, which I found very useful during my first few days here.”


Mohanad Mohamed Rasheed Elkholy, Egypt

MohaNad is taking a break from his role as a public prosecutor in Cairo to take the LLM Public International Law. He loves the flexibility of the course with none of the 54 modules being compulsory. This has given him the freedom to explore completely new areas of law whilst still focusing on his specialism.

His favourite things about Queen Mary are the large campus, the 24h access to the library and the Graduate Centre reading rooms, and the access to all the other University of London libraries, including the IALS (the biggest law library in London). MohaNad has also been enjoying all the free activities that London has to offer, including the royal parks and the world-famous museums.


José Emilio Bencosme Zayas, Dominican Republic

José is studying on the MA in Theatre and Performance Studies at Queen Mary. He appreciates the creative and multidisciplinary environment in his department and feels motivated to develop new ideas. With this Chevening scholarship he aims to take his passion for theatre and performance to the next level with new scholarly and creative practice experience. When not studying, José loves to visit the meditation and prayer spaces at Queen Mary where students and staff come together to reflect, regardless of their religion or background. The 24h library is also a great bonus when deadlines are looming!

José is enjoying the non-stop cultural activities that London has to offer. He says “There’s always something interesting to do throughout the whole city. Theatres, galleries, museums, concerts, open air activities… you name it, you’ll find it.” 

His advice to applicants is to connect with staff and alumni to make sure the course is the right fit for you. His special tip is to check out the recent research publications of the main tutors- this way you can get up to date with their specific area of expertise.


Esther Osemudiamen Okogbenin, Nigeria

Esther is a consultant psychiatrist from Nigeria, studying on the MSc Mental Health: Psychological Therapies in the Wolfson Institute. Before coming to the UK, Esther’s job at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, involved treating patients with psychological disorders and training student psychiatrists.

Her training in psychological therapies at Queen Mary has turned her into a psychologically-minded psychiatrist and has enhanced her skills to improve the psychological interventions she offers to her clients. She plans to use this knowledge for building capacity in psychological therapies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In the next couple of years Esther will be focusing on research on psychological interventions and plans to do a PhD with the ambition of becoming a professor of psychiatry.

Get in touch

For more infomation about the Chevening awards at Queen Mary please contact 

To contact the alumni ambassador for your country please check out the international office pages.