Chevening Western Balkans Cyber Security Fellowship

Hosted by Cranfield University

Closed for applications

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

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

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

It is open for applications until 12:00GMT on 10 March 2022.

Course/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.

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 the Western Balkans

The next programme will commence in September 2022.

Applications are open

Apply for a fully funded fellowship to study in the UK for 10 weeks.

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Each fellowship includes:

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


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

  • Be a citizen and currently live in one of the following: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro or Serbia
  • 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’ relevant work experience prior to applying
  • Have significant work experience in cyber security or cyber policy issues, either as a policy formulator, commentator, or academic
  • Have a good working knowledge of English to be assessed in the 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 of the fellowship

Application timeline

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

Placement timeline

You should apply for a Chevening Cyber Security Fellowship because it provides participants with much broader insights into all aspects of cyber security; professional, technical, but also social and legislative. But the most important thing is that it enables you to connect with your peers around the world and I think this will help our network to be much wider.

Mirza Niksic
Chevening Western Balkans Cyber Security Fellow


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