Chevening Scholarship - Has someone not come back to your home country?Watch
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Thanks for the feedback. By chance do you know if chevening gave her an option to pay off the scholarship if she took up the PhD program? If so, what kind of payment plan was it?
I am a chevening Scholar from Nigeria. During the application process, you must have filled a form that requires you to return back to your home country because the whole idea about the chevening scholarship is to benefit your home country. If you are looking at not returning immediately and proceeding to PHD, maybe you should look at commonwealth scholarship or commonwealth shared scholarships.
Hey there, I am in the exact same shoes (research, contribution-wise etc.) trying to renew my visa but I'm really not sure if it will happen. I actually do know of several people who have managed to continue into PhD but haven't managed to reach them yet.... :/
Hi, just wondering if anyone actually decided to stay in the UK after their chevening term? How did you go about informing chevening about your decision?
We get threads every year on staying in the UK after being awarded a Chevening Scholarship. I don't recall any incidence of anyone successfully doing it. The reasons are all made clear by previous posts in this thread
Has anyone ever received a form of "release letter" from Chevening to stay and work in the UK? I've returned to my home country for 6 months but still couldn't find a job which is really stressful. I recently received a job offer from the UK and I really don't want to miss it. Please share your experience. Thank you!
Some conditions of the Chevening scholarship are:
a) You must return home for a period of at least two years following the completion of your scholarship. The Secretariat is unable to provide any letter of support which might be required to enable a Scholar to stay on to work or study in the UK.
b) If you do not remain resident in your home country for two years following completion of your Scholarship, this will be treated as a breach of a scholarship condition and you will be liable to pay back all monies paid to you during the course of your scholarship.
As you said, to apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to provide a consent letter from Chevening where they give you authorization to work in the UK. It seems that nobody has got this letter, and makes sense as they will be breaching their own policies and could trigger a chain reaction (every scholar will ask for the same treatment).
If I was you, I even would not try or you will be breaching these conditions. The attempt can trigger them asking you for the money spent on your studies or could have other implications if you have plans to come back to the UK in the future.
There is one option though:
c) Applications to return to third countries for the two-year period may be considered in exceptional circumstances if returning to the home country is impossible due to conflict in that country.
Some people from my country have found jobs, another master or a PhD in another country and they have recalled this clause of 'exceptional circumstances' to avoid returning to home country. But it doesn't apply to stay in the UK. You already are in your home country, so it means it was safe for you to return after studies.
Eveyone needs to be fully aware of the conditions of these scholarships before applying.