Chevening Rejection Email in January: Eligibility

by retnolestari
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January has been a nerve-wracking month for those who want to get a Chevening scholarship. Usually, Chevening will send a rejection email to applicants who don’t meet the eligibility criteria. Chevening will not send a personal main to individuals and, instead, will use a template. So if you receive the email, and you are wondering why you will have to see what criteria you failed to provide (read the Chevening website).

A few days ago, I read that somebody received this email in a Chevening application support group. Therefore, she is unable to take her application any further. She was devastated as she must have prepared the application for at least about a year. I know how it feels, I was once in her position. In the group, she received so much supports, which is necessary to keep the spirit alive. Rejection can make someone feel incapable, thus, resulted in a decision to stop trying. 

However, support needs to be given in the right way. A few messages said that they have looked at her profile on LinkedIn and said that Chevening missed a potential leader and she deserves to be selected. I don’t think this is the right way to give motivation, as you know, that Chevening chooses the best out of the best who are:

  1. Meet the eligible criteria.
  2. Ready and know how to show their achievements and potentials through essays, interviews, and other requirements such as IELTS score, etc.

Rejection because of eligibility is the first filter that Chevening uses to sort out the candidates, as far as I know. There is nothing to do with the number 2 above. Then, usually in February, Chevening will announce the candidates who pass to the interview stage based on their achievements and potentials through essays and other documents. Again, we cannot say that if one is rejected in this stage, it is such a loss for Chevening as they have good quality as a leader or potential leader. 

The function of the essays is to help Chevening understand more about you, your future aspiration, how you can fit as a future leader, your character, and how ready you are to get through a UK academic system and challenges. Essays help you sell your story and convince the panellist that you are ready among thousands of good applicants. The more prepared you are, the bigger chances you have. Preparation and strategy are crucial to help you at this stage. 

Another important trait that Chevening scholars need to have is networking ability. It means you need to have good communication skills, confidence, persuasive capability, and an interesting personality. All these characteristics can be shown through an interview process. Everyone will be nervous during the interview. But, it is the way you overcome it that makes you different. Your real personality and passion for your future aspiration will flourish if you are confident, humble, and able to control your emotions. It takes practice to get you into this relaxed and calm state. So, if you get a rejection at this stage, use it as a way of practice.

So, did you get a rejection email in January? Can you tell what is still missing from your application?

Disclaimer: The opinions presented in this post are my own and based on my experience. I do not represent the Chevening programme or the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations. 

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