Chevening India Cyber Security Fellowship

Hosted by Cranfield University

Closed for applications

The Chevening India Cyber Security Fellowship is aimed at mid-career professionals with demonstrable leadership potential in the field of cyber security or cyber policy in India.

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

The fellowship is hosted by Cranfield University, at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (Shrivenham Campus).

Programme structure

This ten-week fellowship provides fellows with an understanding of policy and legislative approaches in cyber security and its implications for national security, commercial opportunity, crime prevention, and the right to privacy.

Throughout the programme, fellows will work on an individual research paper which will be presented at the end of the course. The fellowship runs from mid March through end of May.

The fellowship will focus on:

  • Cyber threats, including: the threat landscape, threat and risk assessment, the implications for national security, and the relevance of internet governance structures; and the protection of critical national infrastructure.
  • The economics of online business, cyber-security consumer awareness and consumer protection, technology adoption challenges, the relevance of open source, and effective technology adoption by consumers.
  • Cyber-crime and internet law, including the economic impact of cyber-crime, domestic and international approaches to countering cyber-crime, internet law, law enforcement concerns, privacy concerns, the use and abuse of social media, and accountability in cyberspace.
  • Relevant issues and challenges particular to the UK and India.

Alumni from this fellowship include individuals working in cyber security, law enforcement, policy organisations, corporate lawyers and practicing advocates, and technology journalists.


Applications are closed

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


To be eligible for a Chevening Cyber Security Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of India and currently live in the country.
  • Return to your country of citizenship at the end of the period of the fellowship.
  • Not hold British or dual-British citizenship.
  • Have at least seven years’ relevant work experience prior to applying.
  • Have a postgraduate level qualification and an excellent academic background in science, engineering, or technology, or equivalent professional training, or experience in a relevant area at the time of application.
  • Have significant relevant work experience in cyber security or cyber policy issues. Relevant experience could come from policy organisations, academia, corporate law, law enforcement, or journalism.
  • 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.
  • Have a demonstrable record of leadership and/or innovation.
  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations of 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.

Application timeline

Key dates for Chevening India Cyber Security 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 India Cyber Security Fellowship runs. March 2024 – May 2024

Please note this timeline is subject to change.

The Fellowship helped me get a deep understanding of the various layers that make a robust cyber security platform. It was also an unparalleled platform that connected me with decision makers and experts across sectors, both in the UK as well as in India.

Lahar Appaiah
Chevening India Cyber Security Fellow




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