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.


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 […]

Chevening Officer Excellence Award winners announced

In September 2016, the Chevening Officer Excellence Awards were launched in order to recognise best practice within the Chevening network. The focus for the pilot awards was alumni engagement and, after a highly competitive process, we were delighted to select three winning posts: Brazil, Nigeria, and Mexico. As part of the award, the Chevening officers from […]

Boris Johnson welcomes scholars to UK at inspirational event

1,900 Chevening Scholars from 140 countries – the entire class of 2016 – were officially welcomed to the UK at a lively and inspiring Chevening Orientation event hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Addressing the scholars, the Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, emphasised that the UK is open to talented people from […]

References: Four key points to help you apply

by Victoria Reed, Programme Manager – International

Hi, I’m Vicky and I work in the international team at the Chevening Secretariat. Last year, we held a number of themed Q&A sessions, including one on references. We noticed that there were a number of recurring questions and have summarised the answers below. (1) References do not need to be submitted by 6 November 2018. References […]

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 […]

UK events: November 2016

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

With just two months until Christmas, there’s plenty happening around the UK to start the festive countdown. And remember, remember the fifth of November! Autumn means we’ll be marking Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, with local fireworks displays and organised bonfires happening around the country for you to attend. The celebration first started more than […]

Chevening partners with N8 universities to expand opportunities for Chinese scholars

As part of its global scholarship scheme, Chevening has joined with the N8 Research Partnership to provide expanded opportunities for Chinese scholars to study in the north of England. The N8 Research Partnership is a consortium of universities, which aims to maximise impact, promote collaboration, establish innovative research capabilities and programmes, and drive economic growth. […]

UK events: October 2016

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

As you’re new to the UK, we think you’ll be eager to get out and explore. Read Chevening’s top tips for events happening across the UK in October… Hull Fair Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire 7 to 15 October 2016 Hull Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling funfairs, bringing rides, attractions and travellers from a […]

Give Peace a Chance: An interview with Dr Joseph Peter Ochogwu

by Dr Joseph Peter Ochogwu, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution

The International Day of Peace, celebrated on 21 September each year, is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace among all nations and peoples. To mark the occasion, we interviewed Chevening Alumnus Dr Joseph Peter Ochogwu (2004) who studied an MA in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. Joseph now works at the Institute […]

City in the spotlight: Norwich

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

For October’s ‘In the Spotlight’, programme officer James takes us on a tour of his home city of Norwich: Steeped in history and nestled in the gently rolling Norfolk countryside, Norwich is the perfect place to escape the bustle of the big city. For many years one of the most important and wealthy cities in England, […]