Scholar Events Competition

Your chance to organise an event for your fellow scholars, funded by Chevening!

Your chance to organise an event for your fellow scholars, funded by Chevening!

Do you have an event idea that you think your peers might enjoy? Do you enjoy planning, organising and running events? The Scholar Events Competition (SEC) is just for you!

The SEC is your chance to show off your event-planning skills and to organise and host an event that your fellow scholars will never forget. Your event proposal could be a cultural, sporting, or a social activity – such as a museum visit, a trip to the theatre, a sports tournament, or a visit to a place of natural beauty. Simply put, the event is entirely up to you!

Events must, however, be based in the UK and showcase something that the UK has to offer. Your event idea must be open to all Chevening Scholars and should be more than just a drinks reception or a meal. Please see below for information on events that our previous winners have done.


Why apply to the Scholar Events Competition?

  • You enjoy organising and hosting events and have an event idea that you believe scholars will enjoy.
  • Events are fully funded by the Chevening Secretariat up to a maximum budget of £800.
  • It’s your choice – where in the UK do you want to go, and what do you want to do?
  • Flexible timing – you can even hold your event on a weekend!
  • Develop your leadership abilities – you will be in charge of everything: planning, event delivery, budget management, communications and advertising!
  • It’s a chance to visit a new region of the UK and network with scholars from across the UK.

What events have past winners have organised?

  • (2022) Cornwall – Eden Project
  • (2022) Leicester – National Space Centre Visit in Leicester
  • (2019) London – Discover the financial capital of the world: Guided tour visiting the London Stock Exchange, Guildhall, Bank of England Museum
  • (2019) Experiencing the Jorvik Viking Festival – York
  • (2019) Understanding black history in Britain: Brixton walk & black cultural archives
  • (2019) Canterbury – A stroll through England’s medieval history
  • (2019) Learning the famous British improv: A virtual communications workshop
  • (2017) The Downton Abbey Experience:  a journey into Highclere Castle!
  • (2016) The Robin Hood experience: Visiting Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Castle
  • (2015) Punting in Cambridge

Download the transcription for the Scholar Events Competition video here (please note, clicking here will start an automatic download of a Word Document 13.4KB).

Feedback from past winners of the Scholar Events Competition:

“Do some research and apply for it! Despite the busy schedule, you’ll find the time and support that you need. If required, don’t hesitate to contact Chevening Scholars in any city; you’ll get a very positive response.”

Muhammad Asim Zeb (University of Leeds, 2016)

“I challenged myself in this competition. I won, and I did/completed it well. Now I have more confidence in myself.”

Mitchell Naibaho (University of Liverpool, 2016)

How do I apply?

The SEC applications are open now and are open on a rolling basis. Please specify the month you would like your proposed event to be organised and it will be considered with other proposals of that month. Please be mindful of the below deadlines. We will not be able to consider applications for events that you would like to hold in a specific month if the deadline for that month has passed.

Important things to consider before you submit your proposal:

  • Your event must be based in the UK.
  • Your event must be open to all Chevening Scholars.
  • The budget should only be used for something tangible such as entry tickets to venues and cannot be used to cover scholar travel.
  • You are encouraged to fully research your event including potential dates and costs before submitting your proposal.
  • You can find an example of the questions you will be asked in the application form below. Please consider these questions when doing your research. You would be advised to answer these questions in a separate document so that you can copy and paste them into the submission form as soon as you are ready to submit.
  • Please ensure that you read the terms and conditions before you submit your proposal.
  • Chevening staff will not attend your event. The SEC is entirely scholar-led. If chosen, you will be in charge of planning, event delivery, budget management, communications and advertising.
  • If chosen, you will be asked to complete an Eventbrite page for the event, and produce all communications to scholars who will attend.

Read the terms and conditions here [PDF].

Example application form [PDF]

Please email us if you have any questions.

Round 1: Autumn (one winning event)

  • Application deadline: 17:00 (UK time), 11 November 2022
  • Expected event date: by 20 December 2022

Round 2: Winter (one winning event)

  • Application Deadline: 17:00 (UK time), 15 December 2022
  • Expected Event Date: by 28 February 2023

Round 3: Spring (one winning event)

  • Application deadline: 17:00 (UK time), 28 February 2023
  • Expected event date: by 30 April 2023

Round 4: Summer (one winning event)

  • Application deadline: 17:00 (UK time), 31 March 2023
  • Expected event date: by 31 May 2023