Academic and Regional Assessors – Chevening programme reading committees

We are seeking Academic and Regional Assessors to participate in the 2023/24 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, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) 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/territory.

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/territory assessed. Previously, Academic Assessors have included those 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/territory context and to produce a short, written report for each country/territory 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/territory or a number of countries/territories 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. Committee members are required to submit their scores on an online system between 21 November 2022 and 2 January 2023. All committee members are required to complete assessment of 20 initial applications by 29 November 2022.  In addition, committee members must submit a short, written report for each country/territory assessed by 9 January 2023.

Please note that there is a mandatory requirement that all assessors must be UK residents, living in the UK for the duration of the assessment period.

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 approximately £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/territory 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 below job profile.

Job Profile

There will be a rolling deadline until all reading committee assessors have been recruited. Applications will close on 12 September 2022 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 candidates contacted, throughout the application window.

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