Chevening Research, Science, and Innovation Leadership Fellowship (CRISP)

Chevening Research, Science, and Innovation Leadership Fellowship (CRISP)

Hosted by the University of Oxford

Open for applications until 19 October 2020

The Chevening Research, Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship (CRISP) is aimed at mid-career professionals with very high potential in the fields of science, innovation, and business from India and Sri Lanka.

The fellowship is hosted by St. Cross CollegeUniversity of Oxford.

The programme is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.

Course/programme structure

The main academic strands of the ten-week CRISP Fellowship include science, innovation, leadership and management, as well as wider issues including global challenges, politics, and international relations. The modules aim to:

  • Develop an understanding of the UK science field and a range of innovation management processes
  • Explore the interactions between research, innovation, and economic development
  • Research and present a business plan based on individual interests and experience
  • Visit a wide range of UK institutions, research institutes, and businesses, and start building professional networks
  • Take part in a varied cultural programme, and explore potential insights from the arts to the working environment
  • This fellowship programme will commence in May 2021.

Applications are open

If you are eligible and believe you would be a strong candidate for a place on this programme, we encourage you to apply before the deadline on 19 October.



Each fellowship includes:

  • Full programme fees
  • Living expenses for the duration of the fellowship
  • Return economy airfare from India or Sri Lanka to the UK


To be eligible for a Chevening CRISP Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of India or Sri Lanka and currently live in the country
  • Return to your country of citizenship at the end of the period of the fellowship
  • Have a postgraduate level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application
  • Have at least seven years’ work experience prior to applying
  • Have demonstrable commitment to innovation, and the experience and aptitude to contribute to the programme.
  • Have an excellent academic background in science, engineering or technology, or considerable experience of working in such fields and good working knowledge of English (to be assessed by a qualified English language assessor)
  • Not hold British or dual British citizenship
  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations for the fellowship

Successful individuals may have significant experience as:

  • Executives of service companies, manufacturing businesses, or state-owned companies
  • Entrepreneurs and individuals who serve and fund the entrepreneurial community
  • Research scientists
  • Academics and public-sector employees

Application timeline

For key steps and dates during the application process, please follow the placement timeline

Placement timeline

The CRISP Fellowship opened up a whole new world for me in understanding organisational behaviours, the power of networking, impact of your own personality in building organisations, and managing personal relationships. During the first week, we were told that the fellowship programme is aimed at developing fellows for the next decade. After 10 weeks of being on the CRISP Fellowship at Oxford, I seem to truly have gained 10 years of experience and wisdom thanks to the amazing expert speakers, mentors, and the programme director.

Vishal Pandya
Chevening CRISP Fellow


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