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

Hosted by the University of Oxford

Closed for applications

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.

Programme structure

The main academic strands of the twelve-week CRISP Fellowship include science, innovation, leadership and management, as well as wider issues including global challenges, politics, and international relations. The programme runs from early April through late June. 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

Applications are closed

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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
  • Have a good working knowledge of English to be assessed in your application form and if you are invited to interview
  • Not hold British or dual British citizenship
  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations for the fellowship
  • Not be an employee, a former employee, or relative of an employee of His Majesty’s Government, or have been within the last two years from the opening of Chevening applications (including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, all British Embassies/High Commissions, the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for International Trade and the UKVI), the British Council, a sponsoring UK university, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

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

Key dates for the Chevening Research, Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship

Applications open at 12:00 BST 12 September 2023
Applications close at 12:00 GMT 11 October 2023
Applications are sifted against eligibility criteria From 12 October 2023
Reading Committee assessments

Independent reading committees assess all eligible applications. Their scores and rankings are then passed back to local British embassies/high commissions.

Mid-October to November 2023
Applicants shortlisted for interviews

Once the embassy/high commission has reviewed the applications, they produce a shortlist of those who they will invite to interview. Notifications will then follow.

November 2023
References and education documents deadline November 2023
Interviews take place

Candidates from all over the world are interviewed by panels at British embassies and high commissions.

December 2023
Results announced December 2023 – January 2024
Selected candidates will complete paperwork and start their visa application. January 2024
2024/25 Chevening Research, Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship runs. April 2024 – June 2024

Please note this timeline is subject to change.

The CRISP Fellowship opened up a new world for me in understanding organisational behaviours, the power of networking, 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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