BBC World Service placements

BBC World Service placements

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

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Changes to the format and timeline of the programme may occur as the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation changes and develops. We will be working with the BBC to coordinate any consequences. Successful applicants will be informed of any changes to the programme as necessary.

The Chevening Secretariat and BBC World Service Group are pleased to invite applications (from 16 March) for the Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme, commencing in September 2020. 

The programme

Successful applicants will complete a three-and-a-half 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.
  • Successful applicants will be supervised at a BBC location in London and will have a BBC mentor to assist them during the placement.
  • Successful applicants will receive the Chevening stipend for the duration of the placement, in addition and in order to meet the BBC standards under the New Talent Policy, the BBC will provide a total ‘top up salary’ for the period 5 October to 18 October. The exact top up amount will be confirmed at a later date, as it is calculated to coincide with each new financial year. Successful applicants will be expected to find suitable accommodation themselves.

Placement experiences

To see what 2018/2019 scholars did whilst on placement, take a look at the blogs below for more about life at ‘the Beeb’:

#MyCheveningJourno scholars at the BBC

Eligibility

Up to ten 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 at 14:00 BST on 16 March and will close on 6 April 2020 (at 17:00 BST).

To apply, you must complete a Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme application form, AND submit the following to engage@chevening.org:

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • Status letter from your university that confirms the end date of your course.
  • A copy of your passport date 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 end of December 2020.
  • A complete Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme application form.

The form is available to complete here when applications open on 16 March

In addition, applicants must consent to making their original Chevening applications 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.

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