Academic & Regional Assessors – Chevening programme reading committees

We are seeking Academic and Regional Assessors to participate in the 2021/22 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.

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.

Academic Assessors have experience in assessing academic applications from a wide range of subject areas. In addition to reading and scoring applications according to the Chevening assessment criteria, Academic Assessors are asked to consider the applicant’s academic abilities against courses chosen and to produce a short, written report for each country assessed. Assessors are typically those currently working at a UK higher education institution, recruitment agency or scholarship scheme.

Regional Assessors have substantial international experience across a range of countries and/or a region. In addition to reading and scoring applications according to the Chevening assessment criteria, Regional Assessors are asked to consider the applicant’s career aspirations in relation to country context and to produce a short, written report for each country assessed. Previously, Regional Assessors have included former UK diplomats and representatives from private sector organisations or higher education institutions.

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 23 November 2020 and 12:00 noon (GMT) 1 January 2021. 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) 11 January 2020. In addition, all committee members are required to complete assessment of 20 initial applications by 12.00 noon (GMT) 7 December 2020. 

Reading committee members will receive an honorarium for their time and valued contributions. 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 £25. Additionally, assessors will be paid £25 for satisfactory completion of each country report.

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 also be required to complete this training.

How to apply

For more information on this vacancy, including the eligibility and details on how to apply, please see the attached job profile.

Job profile

Application form 

There will be a rolling deadline until all reading committee assessors have been recruited. Applications will close on 14 September 2020 at 17:00 (BST). We reserve the right to close the application window ahead of this deadline if all positions are filled. Applications will be assessed and telephone interviews will be conducted throughout the application window. If your application is shortlisted you will be contacted to arrange a suitable date and time for your interview.

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