About Fellowships

Chevening Fellowships are an important element of Britain’s public diplomacy effort and offers opportunities to mid-career leaders and influencers from across the globe. Fellows are often people of significant standing in their home countries and have completed some element(s) of higher education already. Chevening Fellowships offer dynamic training, professional development and other opportunities for individuals to spend time in the UK, researching subject matter that is relevant to their professional interests as well as to the UK’s international strategic priorities.

Fellowships objectives

The objectives of the fellowships tier are to:

  • Support mid-career professionals already in positions of leadership and influence to further enhance and expand their knowledge, skills and expertise in the UK
  • Offer dynamic training, professional development, or research opportunities in the UK, relevant to professional interests and UK’s international strategic priorities
  • Increase the breadth and diversity of awards offered under Chevening to position Chevening as an internationally competitive awards scheme
  • Support foreign policy priorities and achieve FCO objectives by creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers and decision makers, which become valuable soft power networks

Fellowships have a different objective to our scholarship programme and aim to provide opportunities to mid-career professionals already in positions of leadership and influence, looking to further develop in their field of expertise. Fellows are active in their field or subject and through their time in the UK on a Chevening Fellowship; a short course or self-directed professional/academic research, have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and peers in an enriching environment. Fellows are usually unable to take a full year out of work to study a one year Masters degree, and a Chevening Fellowship provides the unique opportunity to individuals to undertake this period of study in the UK.  

Flexibility

Fellowships offer dynamic training, professional development, or opportunities for an individual to spend time in the UK researching subject matter that is relevant to their professional interests as well as to the UK’s international strategic priorities. Fellowships are more flexible than scholarships, providing mid-career professionals options for travelling to the UK in the autumn, winter or spring. Fellowship alumni can maintain and continue dialogue on the fellowship subject with UK Embassies and High Commissions.