China Fellowships

The British Embassy and British Consulates-General in China work closely with a number of key Chinese institutions and top UK universities to support the professional development of mid-career fellows in key thematic sectors through six distinct research fellowship programmes.

  • Chevening Changing Character of War Fellowship - Pembroke College, University of Oxford. The aim of this four-month fellowship is to offer officials at the Ministry of Defence the opportunity to spend time at the University of Oxford as a visiting fellow on the Changing Character of War Programme (CCW). CCW carries out world-leading research into the actors, methods, environments, and wider context of armed conflict. Current themes include the increasing role of violent non-state groups; hybridity; urban, peripheral and maritime spaces; and the information age. Alongside its research activities, CCW has a distinguished history of bringing together representatives of the armed services, of governments and of multinational organisations, as well as leading academics from across the world as Visiting Fellows. Visiting Fellows are able to seek advice from leading scholars and to benefit from a wide range of lectures and seminars as they conduct research into their chosen area of study. 
  • Chevening Healthcare, Health Policy and Health Reform Fellowship - at the University of Oxford. The aim of this 6-month fellowship is to offer officials at the National Health and Family Planning Commission the opportunity to spend time at the University of Oxford as a visiting fellow, researching an agreed topic in health and related social policy. Fellows are advised that their study should benefit directly from their time in Oxford and will contribute strongly to discussion around the ongoing health and social policy reform in China. Fellows are expected to complete a paper of up to 10,000 words in English but are also encouraged to contribute more widely in Chinese both during their stay and after their return. Recent topics include care for the visually impaired, the role of general practitioners, migration policy and care in the community. During their time in Oxford fellows are hosted by the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education and have an attachment to Kellogg College. They receive both academic and pastoral support from Oxford faculty, access to all university libraries, seminars, lectures, and notification of all pertinent events and conferences.
  • Chevening Gas Market Reform Fellowship, at the University of Dundee. This fellowship is hosted within the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee. The aim of this three-month fellowship is to offer senior officials and professionals from the energy sector the opportunity to spend time in Dundee as a visiting Chevening Fellow. The CEPMLP is an internationally renowned graduate school in the field of international business transactions and natural resources and energy law and policy. The interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and consultancy within the Centre provides a unique perspective on how governments, businesses and communities operate, providing professionals and senior officials with the tools to work on challenges facing the energy sector worldwide. Visiting fellows work alongside leading academics in their field on research projects and are provided unrestricted access to classes, lectures and seminars which will feed into their own chosen area of research. At the time of interview the candidate’s proposed research will be discussed with a University of Dundee faculty member.
  • Chevening Thought Leaders Fellowship, at the University of Nottingham. The Chevening Thought Leaders Fellowship is based within the China Policy Institute (CPI), a leading centre for expertise on contemporary China at the University of Nottingham. The CPI is hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations and gives visiting Chevening Fellows from China the opportunity to work on a defined research project with access to research institutes within the School, including the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, the Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies and the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice for a period of up to six months. The CPI welcomes fellows who are interested in but not limited to China’s changing role in international relations, such as the Belt and Road Initiative and Sino-India or Sino-Russia relations. Fellows interested in exploring state and society relationships within China, such as the state’s social upgrading of civil organisations, industrial relations, gender and ethnic minority rights, the development of religion and financial strategies would also be welcome. Visiting fellows will benefit from a wealth of seminars offered across the various institutes, along with interaction across a wide spectrum of scholarship on China and beyond. 
  • Chevening/LSE Fellowship, at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). This fellowship is open to officials in Chinese government agencies, both at central and provincial level. Applicants are also welcome from the state owned and private enterprise. The Chevening/LSE Fellowship allows successful applicants to spend up to nine months working on a defined research project at LSE. Fellows are hosted in a department, institute or centre at LSE in line with their research interests and are assigned an adviser. During their time at the LSE, fellows are expected to work on their research, completing a paper, which would then be presented at LSE at the end of their study period. Where relevant and available, fellows are also permitted to audit lectures (at the teacher's permission), and participate in appropriate seminars and discussion groups at LSE. Applications are open across the social sciences with a particular emphasis on international relations, public policy and administration, public diplomacy, social, economic and environment policy and development issues and require a research proposal. 
  • Additional fellowships: In addition to these fellowships, additional fellowships may be available to citizens of China.

The programme dates vary as the duration of each programme differs, but all fellows will start their research fellowships either during the week beginning 5 February 2018. Please check the individual fellowship programmes for specific dates. 

What does the fellowship include?

Each fellowship includes:

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

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a Chevening China Fellowship Programme, you must:

  • Be a citizen of China and currently live in the country. You must not hold British nationality.
  • Have at least five years’ work experience prior to applying
  • Be a mid-career professional in your respective field
  • Have a postgraduate level qualification (or equivalent professional training or 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 need to contact the Chinese lead participating institution named above for more information on how to apply to each fellowship programme.

Meet our alumni

Find out more about our China Fellowships alumni.