2021 ACU Chevening Reading Committee Recruitment

Deadline: September 9, 2019.

Chevening are seeking Academic and Regional Assessors to participate in the 2020/21 Chevening reading committees.

Do you want to be involved in the selection of the world’s future leaders?
If so, you could play a crucial part in the selection of future Chevening Scholars and Fellows.

The Chevening programme is the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. Offered in over 160 countries and territories globally, the programme grants awards to outstanding individuals with demonstrable leadership potential and a commitment to creating positive change in their home country.



1. Reading committees play a vital part in the selection of Chevening Scholars and Fellows. They are independent panels of experts comprising two members: an Academic Assessor and a Regional Assessor.

2. Academic Assessors have experience in assessing applications for entry onto UK postgraduate courses in a range of subject areas. You will be asked to review the applicant’s academic background and assess the relevance and suitability of their chosen fields of study to their future career and development of their sector and country. Assessors are typically those currently working at a UK higher education institution, recruitment agency or scholarship scheme.

3. Regional Assessors must have relevant international experience across a range of countries or regions. You will be asked to assess the applicant’s leadership experience and networking skills, their potential and aspirations to be a future leader, and their ability to influence change in their home country. Assessors are typically professionals who have lived and worked abroad or who have held a position which involved extensive visits and accrued knowledge of a number of countries.

4. Each committee will assess applications from one country or a number of countries from a specific region. Each assessor will be asked to make an assessment on the quality of each applicant against the Chevening global selection criteria. You will be asked to submit your assessments using an online system between 18 November 2019 and 12:00 noon (GMT) 6 January 2020. Each assessor will also be asked to complete a short report summarising the applications they have reviewed for each country assessed, by 12.00 noon (GMT) 10 January 2020.

5. Reading committee members will receive an honorarium for their time and valued contributions.



In order to participate in the Chevening reading committee process, all committee members should:

  • not be currently employed by the Chevening Secretariat, the Association of Commonwealth Universities or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (including British Embassies/High Commissions overseas).
  • not have been employed in the above categories since 9 September 2019.
  • not be a Chevening Scholar, Fellow or Alumnus/a.
  • hold a UK bank account registered in their own name. Nominated bank accounts will not be accepted.
  • be living in the UK.
  • commit to assessing between 400-600 applications, all applications must be assessed by 6 January 2020.
  • be a confident IT user as applications are assessed using an online system.

For both roles, experience of working with scholarship programmes or university applications would be a distinct advantage.

They cannot accept applications from Chevening alumni.



1. Compulsory training will be provided to all committee members. This will be in the form of online training, which all assessors will be required to complete before being allocated applications for review. During this training you will be briefed on the marking criteria and guidance on how to complete the assessments using the online system. Assessors who have worked as a Chevening reading committee member in the past will be required to complete this training.

2. The total amount received will be dependent on the number of applications assessed, based on £1.50 per application. It is anticipated that each committee member will assess between 400-600 applications. In the unlikely event that there are no applications for you to review, you will be reimbursed £200. Additionally, assessors will be paid £25 for satisfactory completion of each country report.



The job profile and eligibility criteria can be found here. To apply you must send:

Reading committee members will be assigned to one or more countries from these regions.

Your application and any enquiries should be emailed to sifting@chevening.org for the attention of Victoria Reed, Programme Manager – International at the Chevening Secretariat.




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