Chevening Gurukul Fellowship Programme for Leadership and Excellence

The Chevening Gurukul Fellowship Programme for Leadership and Excellence is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s flagship fellowship for India and has run for 19 years. The fellowship is aimed at high-flyers and mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds, with a strong and demonstrable leadership potential. It explores changing ideas and practices of leadership and exploring the implications of globalisation for Indian leaders. 

About the fellowship programme

The Chevening Gurukul Fellowship Programme for Leadership and Excellence addresses the issues faced by leaders in all fields – ’how to lead more effectively’ – by analysing changing ideas and practices of leadership and exploring the implications of globalisation for Indian leaders. It aims to provoke critical thinking and provides unique opportunities for fellows to test their own hypotheses with policy makers and practitioners as well as with academics and opinion leaders.

The bespoke programme familiarises India’s future leaders with best practice case-studies of leadership in the fields of government, innovation, health, and industry in the UK through a variety of teaching methods ranging from seminars, role-playing scenarios, shadowing, and site visits. Some of the themes included in the twelve-week programme:

  • Managing change: Public policy and institutions in the 21st century
  • Stages of democracy: Devolving power and governance in the 21st century
  • From finance to Facebook: New economies of technology
  • International organisations and the work of the United Nations
  • The challenge of sustainability: Energy and resources
  • Regulating public life: New rights and judicial activism
  • Smart cities
  • Indo-UK business and trade relations
  • Science, technology and industry

It is a twelve-week residential course at King’s College London and includes numerous site visits, including a trip to Geneva where fellows will interact with representatives of international agencies such as the United Nations and World Trade Organization. The programme will commence in September 2016.

About King's College London

King’s College London is one of England’s oldest and most prestigious university institutions: a multi-faculty research-led university college based in the heart of London.

King's College is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. It is the third oldest university in England, having been founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington in 1829, receiving its royal charter in the same year. In 1836 King's became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London.

What does this fellowship include?

Each fellowship includes:

  • Full programme fees
  • Living expenses for the duration of the fellowship
  • Return economy flight from India to the UK

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Chevening Gurukul Fellowship Programme for Leadership and Excellence, you must:

  • Be a citizen of India and currently live in the country. You must not hold British nationality.
  • Have at least ten years’ work experience prior to applying
  • Be a mid-career professional with strong leadership potential in a wide range of sectors including state or central government, private sector, media, and civil society
  • Have a good working knowledge of English to be assessed by a qualified English language assessor
  • Have a postgraduate level qualification or equivalent professional training or work experience in a relevant area at the time of application
  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations for the programme

How to apply

Applicants for this fellowship programme will need to submit their application through the Chevening online application system. Prior to applying please ensure you have the following ready:


  • Two references to be provided in a letter format and written in English 
  • Valid passport
  • University transcripts (undergraduate, postgraduate)

Please note that only documents in PDF or JPG format can be uploaded and cannot be over 5MB in size.

Applications for this award are closed.