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: One year, thousands of life lessons

by Carolina Echavarría Basy, Communicator at the Presidency of Uruguayan Republic

Since I started my Chevening year (2015/2016) I have been writing a blog with two main aims: to be a travel diary of my experience living and studying in the UK, and to share my adventures with my family and friends. Writing in Reading was a way to tell others about my experience studying an MSc […]

Scholar in the spotlight – Maria Castillo Vallecillo

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

We’d like to welcome Maria Castillo Vallecillo to the UK all the way from Nicaragua. Maria is passionate about education and development and worked for a drug and violence prevention programme for school-age students back in Nicaragua before starting her Chevening Scholarship. Maria is studying a master’s in Education, Health Promotion and International Development at […]

UK events: December 2016

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park London 18 November to 2 January Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland begins in November each year and keeps the Christmas party going right through until January. There’s something for everyone at Winter Wonderland, from thrill-seeking rides and carnival games to Christmas markets, food stalls, an ice rink and big top shows. […]

In the spotlight: The Lake District

If picturesque scenery is what you’re looking for, this month’s ‘in the spotlight’ is definitely for you. Programme officer Marzana Khanom has written for us about one the UK’s most beautiful areas.   The Lake District is a mountainous region of England best known for its picturesque beauty, made up of lakes, forests, mountains and quintessentially English […]

Scholars invited to attend the first autumn conference Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC)

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

On 27 October, ten lucky scholars were selected to attend the Commonwealth Horizons: ‘Skills for the 21st Century’ conference. This was the first Autumn Conference hosted by the Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC) held in Senate House, University of London and also included a reception at the Palace of Westminster (in the Houses […]

Reflections on studying in York

by Kemesha Kelly, Chevening Social Media Ambassador

I am falling in love with York and the UK, here on #MyCheveningJourney! We are in the season of fall here in the UK and it is beautiful. Everywhere you look, apart from the evergreens, leaves are turning golden brown or a bright yellow, and are falling from trees. Along with that though has come […]

Post-Chevening Life and Experience in Myanmar

by Pyone Kyaw, Governance Adviser at UK Department for International Development

Following on the successful completion of my Chevening year at the University of Birmingham in 2012, I found myself working for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Myanmar. I was recruited to work on governance programmes and I felt extremely happy as my work and studies were quite relevant. I did my master’s […]

Scholar in the spotlight – Jamesly Pierre

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

Jamesly Pierre grew up in Haiti in the Caribbean and is studying an MSc in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Cardiff University. He’s one of only two Chevening Scholars representing Haiti this year and the first member of his family to study for a master’s degree. Jamesly is keen to explore the UK and make […]


Ten Chevening Alumni have been selected to do placements in different departments of the BBC World Service, a highly respected British institution, over a period of four months. They have been sharing their stories and experiences from their placements through our new online mini-series – #MyCheveningJourno! Our journalists have been documenting their time working at the World Service as a way of demonstrating […]

City in the spotlight: Edinburgh

by Susie Pike, Programme Officer – UK

For November’s ‘In the Spotlight’, programme officer Susie shares facts and fun activities to do in her favourite UK city, Edinburgh. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and home to approximately 450,000 people. This number doubles between July and September when the city becomes a world-famous festival city – packed with performers and punters – with […]