News and blogs

The Chevening community extends to all corners of the globe. Here is the latest news on what is going on in the Chevening network, and blogs from members of our community.

My Chevening journey: fourth time’s the charm

by Praise Mufaro Makiwa, Chevening Scholar, MSc Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

I vividly remember during my early years when my mother would say to me, ‘When life throws lemons at you, throw them back and demand oranges if that is what you want.’ She repeatedly said those words, which then birthed a fighting spirit within me. That is the same spirit that saw me apply for […]

UK events in February

London Pancake Day 25 February Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is traditionally when people used to clear out their cupboards of anything sweet before Lent (a period of fasting before Easter) which is why we indulge in this treat! Try them out at one of London’s many fabulous restaurants, some ideas of where to go can […]


Learning what type of leader I am

by Kanta Singh, Country Programme Manager, UNWomen India

Running for over 20 years, the Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence is the UK Foreign Office’s flagship fellowship programme for India aimed at mid-career professionals who are ready to take the next step in their journey towards leadership. My experience as a Chevening Gurukul fellow Over the 25 years I’ve spent working on […]

Six ways I celebrated the holiday season: the Scotland edition

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

For some scholars, the holiday season is defined by staying at home with the comforts they are used to, for others, it is by travelling. For these scholars, the holiday season was defined by their decisions to spend it in Scotland! Whether it be to partake in Hogmanay in Edinburgh, the traditional Scottish New Year’s […]

Being a woman in aviation, in Wales

by Lerined Sanchez, Chevening Scholar, Aviation Engineering and Management

You will know that you’ve arrived in Wales once you see the incredible greenery and the breathtaking mountains that make you feel like you are inside a film. Living in Wales is a life changing experience that every student should live and you can expect many things when you come to live here. For example, […]

Eight ways I celebrated the holiday season

by Chevening Scholars - Class of 2019,

December. A month that can be defined by a variety of holiday celebrations across the world including Christmas, Hanukkah (month dependent), Yule, Yalda, and of course, New Year’s Eve. For Cheveners, it is also a break from university between terms which means, ample time to explore the UK, create new traditions, and form new friendships […]

Africa’s future leaders connect at the FCO

Chevening Scholars from across Africa met with civil servants at the FCO in London to discuss issues of mutual interest in the run up to the UK hosting the UK-Africa Investment Summit. Over 150 scholars from 36 African countries met with FCO desk officers who specialise in African policy issues for an open and in-depth […]

Chevening Scholar at the FCO

Slowing down to investigate, read, listen and learn

by Miguel Trancozo, Chevening Alumnus

Chevening Alumnus Miguel Trancozo got the chance to work at BBC Future through our Chevening BBC World Service partnership internship. He writes about his experience in this innovative department.

CAPF grant leads to a discussion about transitional justice in Venezuela

The Chevening Transitional Justice Forum took place in Caracas at the end of 2019, with the intention of discussing ways to tackle the obstacles to justice in society. Chevening Officer Angel Blanco gives us an account. On 21 and 22 November, the British Embassy in Caracas carried out the Chevening Transitional Justice Forum in Venezuela, […]