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.

Programme structure

The Chevening LSE Fellowship allows successful applicants to spend up either three, six or 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


  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations for the programme.
  • Be a citizen of China, currently live in the country, and intend to return to China at the end of the period of study.
  • Hold a postgraduate (PG) level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application.
  • Obtained significant and meaningful professional experience of 5+ years of employment, or currently enrolled PhD candidate (PhD must not be with a UK/EU or USA university);
  • Not hold dual nationality where one nationality is British (other than for nationals exempt from this requirement listed in the Chevening Guidance for Applicants);
  • 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.


  • Applicants who have previously received financial benefit from an HMG-funded scholarship or fellowship, are eligible to apply after a period of 5 years following the completion of their first HMG-funded award and are required to demonstrate their career progression from that point.
  • Employees, former employees, or relatives* of an employee of Chevening Partner organisations are eligible to apply, but if the employment took place within the last two years, you cannot receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organisation from which you work, previously worked, or are affiliated with through relatives.

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

Application timeline

Key dates for Chevening LSE Fellowship

Applications open at 12:00 BST 12 September 2023
Applications close at 12:00 GMT 7 November 2023
Applications are sifted against eligibility criteria From 8 November 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-November to December 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.

Early to mid-February 2024
References and education documents deadline February 2024
Interviews take place

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

26 February to 26 April 2024
Results announced May/June 2024
Selected candidates will complete paperwork and start their visa application. June 2024
2024/25 Chevening LSE Fellowship runs. September/October 2024
(option to stay 3, 6, or 9 months total)

Please note this timeline is subject to change.

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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