Chevening Fellowships are offered to mid-career professionals who have reached a position of influence and want to increase their knowledge, networks, and potential through tailored short courses, research, or professional placements at UK institutions.
Chevening Fellowships are an important element of Britain’s public diplomacy effort and offer opportunities to mid-career leaders and influencers from across the globe. Fellows are often people of significant standing in their home countries and will usually have completed some element(s) of higher education already. Chevening Fellowships offer dynamic training, professional development, and other opportunities for individuals to spend time in the UK researching subject matters that are relevant to their professional interests as well as to the UK’s international strategic priorities.
These awards aim to:
- Support mid-career professionals already in positions of leadership and influence to further enhance and expand their knowledge, skills, and expertise in the UK.
- Offer dynamic training, professional development, or research opportunities in the UK, relevant to professional interests and the UK’s international strategic priorities.
- Increase the breadth and diversity of awards offered under Chevening to position Chevening as an internationally-competitive awards scheme.
- Support foreign policy priorities and achieve FCO objectives by creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers, which become valuable soft power networks.
Fellowships have a different objective to our scholarship programme and aim to provide opportunities to mid-career professionals already in positions of leadership, looking to further develop in their field of expertise. Fellows are active in their field or subject and through their time in the UK on a Chevening Fellowship, which may be a short course or self-directed professional or academic research, have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and peers in an enriching environment. Fellows are usually unable to take a full year out of work to study a one year master’s degree, and a Chevening Fellowship provides the unique opportunity to individuals to undertake this period of study in the UK.
Fellows are offered dynamic training, professional development, or opportunities to spend time in the UK researching subject matters that are relevant to their professional interests, as well as to the UK’s international strategic priorities. These programmes are more flexible than scholarships, providing mid-career professionals options for travelling to the UK in the autumn, winter, or spring. Fellowship alumni can maintain and continue dialogue on their fellowship subject with UK embassies and high commissions upon returning home.