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.

Burns Night: A history

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

On the 25 January every year, Burns Night is celebrated in Scotland. But what is Burns Night, and where does the celebration come from? We invited our very own Scot, Programme Officer Catriona McArthur, to explain to us. Who is Robert Burns? Robert Burns was a famous 18th century Scottish poet and lyricist and is considered by […]

UK events: February

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

It might be cold, and there may be snow on the ground (if you’re lucky), but that doesn’t stop the Brits from having a good time. There are loads of events taking place across the UK, both indoors and outside, so why not pop along to one of these in February. Lunar New Year 8 […]

Scholars head behind the scenes at Old Trafford

Chevening Scholars from across the UK were lucky enough to visit Old Trafford, home to Manchester United Football Club. Often referred to as the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, Old Trafford is one of the most famous grounds in world football, and has hosted some incredible matches with incredible players. The likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, […]

Next generation of entrepreneurs practice their skills

A group of budding entrepreneurs were treated to a full day workshop, hosted by the University of Liverpool. Around 60 scholars came together to learn from entrepreneurial experts from universities and businesses across the UK. Chaired by Professor Oswald Jones from the University of Liverpool, the other speakers included Dr Martha Mador from Kingston University,the Campaign […]

The FCO invites proposals for monitoring and evaluation project

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office invites proposals from evaluation experts for the delivery of a short term monitoring and evaluation project for the Chevening Awards scheme. Chevening aims to bring future leaders to the UK in order to develop a positive disposition towards the UK and to align them with UK interests and values. […]

Chevening matters!

by Shoaib Ahmad Rahim, Chevening Alumnus, Afghanistan

The round table discussion on regional connectivity had four panelists from India, China, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Before inviting the last speaker on the panel, the moderator uttered these words, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) added an innovation to the sixth RECCA (Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan) by launching an academic paper contest. There […]

In the spotlight: Liverpool

by Programme team – UK, Chevening Secretariat

Our ‘In the spotlight’ series is continuing into 2016, and programme officer Dammy Olatoye is kicking us off. She’s given us her thoughts on Liverpool, the place she describes as ‘the city of firsts’.  Situated in the North West of England, along the river Mersey, Liverpool is a city steeped in history and I would […]

2015 – Looking back on a successful year

As 2015 draws to a close, we look and reflect on this year from an alumni perspective. From the alumni relations team and throughout the Chevening staff body, we applaud all the fantastic alumni activities that have happened all across the globe, many with support from the Chevening Alumni Programme Fund (CAPF). An innovative photo […]

Central and Eastern European Chevening Alumni Network: from sharing best practice towards international leadership

by Dr Zoltan Csedo, Chevening Alumnus, Hungary

Supporting Britain’s public diplomacy efforts, Chevening is the UK government’s international scholarship scheme that offers a life-long experience, and it is hugely transformational, exposing scholars to as many facets of UK life and culture as possible, and providing platforms and opportunities for scholars to network, facilitating the formation of strong life-long connections with both the […]

Three days, 13 countries, two cities, one goal

Two months ago, alumni from 12 Central and South East European nations, plus guests from London, gathered in Zagreb for the opening of a two and a half day regional conference organised by Chevening Alumni Hrvatska (Croatia).  This conference was the outcome of a successful bid to the Chevening Alumni Project Fund (CAPF). Around 60 […]