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).

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

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 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 five 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 your application form and if you are invited to interview
  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations of the fellowship
  • Not hold British or dual British citizenship
  • 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.
  • Not have received UK Government scholarship funding (including Chevening) within the last five years. You will only be eligible to apply for a Chevening Fellowship after a period of five years following the completion of your first UK Government-funded scholarship.

Application timeline

Key dates for the Chevening Western Balkans Cyber Security Fellowship

Applications open at 12:00 GMT Monday 8 January 2024
Applications close at 12:00 GMT Tuesday 6 March 2024
Interviews take place for shortlisted applicants May 2024
Results announced and selected candidates complete paperwork and start their visa application June 2024
Chevening Western Balkan Cyber Security Fellowship runs at Cranfield University. September – November 2024

Please note this timeline is subject to change.

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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