Congratulations on completing your award!
There are so many things to remember when you are getting ready to return home, but we’ve set them all out for you on the Travelling page. Make sure you’ve read that before you go further.
Now that you’re officially an alumnus, it’s time to take your place in the prestigious alumni network of leaders and influencers. Finishing your award is not the end of the road, and as you take the next step of your journey, make sure to take advantage of all the benefits that being a Chevening Alumnus brings:
- Full access to Chevening Connect, your exclusive networking platform for the Chevening community
- Access to funding for alumni projects through the annual Chevening Alumni Programme Fund (CAPF) competition
- Opportunities to engage with the UK diplomatic mission in country on bilateral policy issues
- Professional advancement and learning opportunities
- Invitations to exclusive networking events
- Receive the global alumni e-newsletter The Connection (look out for your first edition in September!)
- Receiving local and global news about Chevening, the FCO, and the UK
Back home, what next?
To make the most of your alumni status, it’s important to stay in touch and get involved.
Remember to let the Chevening team at your local British embassy or high commission know that you are home. They will be very happy to welcome you back! Visit the Stay in touch page for more information on how to stay in contact with Chevening. Remember, the alumni team is here to help you transition from scholars to alumni, so make sure you send any alumni related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can we keep in touch with each other?
Your year’s member-only Facebook group is archived at the end of your academic year. You will be notified before this happens. As Chevening Alumni, get connected in other ways to continue interesting conversations. Take a look at the Stay in touch page for more details.
Keep your other links with the UK
Your university might also have an alumni or graduates association in your country, which may organise activities and provide services of interest and help to you. Be sure to check before you leave the UK. Or you can often find British linked organisations in many countries. Speak to your embassy/high commission for advice.
Make your alumni pledge
You now have a role and a responsibility as a member of this great Chevening Alumni network. In addition to staying in touch, there are lots of great ways to get involved with Chevening as an alumnus.
Here are our some of our top tips to be a great Chevener:
- Encourage others to apply to Chevening
- Join your local alumni association, which you can find here.
- Use your professional network to facilitate local partnerships for Chevening
- Share your successes with the Secretariat and your Chevening officer
- Update your Chevening Connect profile regularly so that your details are accurate and others can find you - maximise the power of this network!
For more tips, take a look at this handy checklist.
- Keep your contact details up to date.
- Contact your Chevening officer when you get home and join local activities.
- Use Chevening Connect (and other channels) to maximise the power of this network.
Keep in touch. Get involved. Stay connected.