BBC World Service placements

Apply for the Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme

The Chevening Secretariat and BBC World Service Group are pleased to invite applications (from 17 March) for the Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme, commencing in early September 2017. 

The programme

Successful applicants will complete a four month placement at the BBC.

Depending on their skills and interests, successful applicants could be placed in one of a number of areas of World Service Group activity including: World Service news programmes, BBC News online, World Service radio, digital output, BBC Media Action, BBC Monitoring, one of the BBC World Service language services, or Solutions-Focused Journalism.

The programme will also include:

  • Enrolment on a bespoke one-week course at the BBC College of Journalism.
  • Access to College of Journalism courses on the same basis as BBC staff. Awardees will be expected to complete at least one additional course during their placement.
  • Completion of a personal programme evaluation and journal.

Successful applicants will be supervised at a BBC location in or near London or Reading, and will have a BBC mentor to assist them during the placement.

Successful applicants will receive a contribution to expenses for the duration of the placement, and will be expected to find suitable accommodation themselves.  

To see what 2015/2016 scholars did whilst on placement, take a look at their #MyCheveningJourno blog for stories and videos about life at the BBC.

#MyCheveningJourno scholars at the BBC


Up to twelve placements are available to current Chevening Scholars studying relevant degree programmes in the UK. Due to the nature of the professional placement, applicants must also demonstrate that they have at least two years’ experience as a working journalist, and/or have or will have completed a master’s in journalism from a UK university by the time that the placement starts.

To apply

Applications will open on 17 March 2017 and will close on 7 April 2017 (at 17:00 BST).

To apply, please submit the following:

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • Status letter from you university that confirms the end date of your course.
  • A copy of your passport data page as well as a copy of your current Tier 4 visa/BRP ensuring eligibility to complete the placement in line with immigration regulations.  Your visa needs to last long enough for you to complete this placement – until January 2018.
  • A complete Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme application form. In your application you will need to address these four questions (which will be in the form):
  1. Why do you want to have a work placement at the BBC and what do you hope to get out of it?
  2. Review a recent half-hour radio programme on World Service English.  Tell us a) what worked well b) how you think the programme could be improved c) if you think the programme would work well for people you know in your country.
  3. Provide a link below to a piece of content you have created that will demonstrate your journalistic skills.
  4. Specify if you have a preference in terms of platform (TV/radio/online) and language (if relevant). Please also specify if you are particularly interested in being placed with BBC Monitoring and/or BBC Media Action.

The form will be available to complete here when applications open on 17 March.

In addition, applicants must consent to making their original Chevening applications, as well as recent academic reports, available to the BBC (the information provided to the BBC by Chevening will not be transferred to any other third party without contacting you first).

Should applicants be successful in the first round of applications, they will be invited to interview with the BBC.

Please note that successful applicants are expected to honour their commitment to return to their country of origin upon completion of their placement. The BBC will not offer any professional placement to anyone beyond the terms of their current visa.