Chevening LSE Fellowship

Hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)

Closed for applications

The British Embassy and British Consulates-General in China work closely with a number of key Chinese institutions and top UK universities to support the professional development of mid-career fellows in key thematic sectors throughout distinct research fellowship programmes.

The Chevening LSE Fellowship is hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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

Course/programme structure

The Chevening LSE Fellowship allows successful applicants to spend up to nine months working on a defined research project at LSE. Fellows are hosted in a department, institute or centre at LSE in line with their research interests and are assigned an adviser.

During their time at the LSE, fellows are expected to work on their research and complete a paper, which is then presented at LSE at the end of the period covered by the fellowship. Where relevant and available, fellows are also permitted to audit lectures (at the teacher’s permission) and participate in appropriate seminars and discussion groups at LSE.

Applications are open across the social sciences with a particular emphasis on international relations, public policy and administration, public diplomacy, social, economic and environment policy and development issues and require a research proposal.

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 China to the UK
  • Allowance package for research-related activities
  • Access to a programme of cultural events and activities organised by the FCDO and the Chevening Secretariat


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

  • Be a citizen of China and currently live in the country
  • Return to your country of citizenship at the end of the period of the fellowship
  • Have at least five years’ work experience prior to applying
  • Be a mid-career professional in your respective field
  • Have a postgraduate level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application
  • 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
  • Not be an employee, a former employee, or relative of an employee (since July 2016) of His Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office), the British Council, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Note: Immediate relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or step-siblings, children or step-children, spouse, civil partner or unmarried (where the couple have been in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years)

  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations for the programme

Please note that applicants who have previously received financial benefit from a HMG-funded scholarship or fellowship are eligible to apply after a period of five years following the completion of their first HMG-funded award. In these cases, applicants will be required to demonstrate their career progression from that point.

Application timeline

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

Placement timeline

You should apply for this fellowship because it gives you a chance to refresh, recharge, and reset yourself.

Yuan Ming
Chevening LSE Fellow

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