Chevening Conversations

A blog that gives our Chevening scholars the opportunity to tell us about their Chevening Experience. The opinions presented in this blog are the opinions of the blog author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Chevening Scholarships programme or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

15th October 2020 Colombo, Sri Lanka

From applicant, scholar to panellist: A nervous Chevening journey

Nerves, nerves, and more nerves aptly describes my entire Chevening application experience. I was a bundle of nerves from the point of filling out the lengthy application online to that heart-racing moment I clicked open the acceptance email from the Chevening Secretariat. And this year – as I sat on the interview panel, grading the […]

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3rd December 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia

Besart Ljachi

Chevening Scholar

Greening the Macedonian environmental behaviour: Let’s try a proven approach

It is that time of the year again. The air gets foggy and our vision blurry, but ironically, this is the time when we can clearly see (and smell) our most critical issue. According to the World Health Organization, around 2,574 deaths annually can be attributed to the air pollution. In addition, the World Bank […]

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28th November 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia

Frosina Antonovska

Chevening Scholar

Greening Western Balkans’ Environmental Behaviour

When it comes to tackling any of the environmental threats that humanity is faced with today, the first key challenge is to raise the awareness of the problem and the need for change of behaviour. This is a worldwide quest, and definitely not unique to the Western Balkan region. However, it is evident that Western […]

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22nd February 2018 Abuja, Nigeria

Jibikeoluwa Faborode

Chevening Programme Officer

Disability inclusion begins with You and I

I recently organised a targeted Chevening Scholarship application workshop for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Chevening is a holistic UK government funded scheme that prepares talented individuals for the future leadership of Nigeria, through a cultural exchange and master’s degree programme in the UK. The workshop was hosted in collaboration with the Christian Blind Mission (CBM) […]

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23rd October 2017 Skopje, North Macedonia

Nadire Latifi

Chevening scholar from Macedonia 2016/2017

The 10 Downing Street impressions of a Chevening scholar from Macedonia

The Chevening programme does not only help its scholars complete their dreams – it offers them the possibility to experience the undreamed. More than financial support, this scholarship gave me a prestigious identity along with many privileges and opportunities. One of them was definitely the exclusive chance to visit 10 Downing Street, the residence and […]

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7th September 2017 Abuja, Nigeria

Jibikeoluwa Faborode

Chevening Programme Officer

Chevening in Nigeria – A Programme Officer’s Perspective

I took up the Chevening portfolio in September 2015, a decision I have never regretted making. My passion for Chevening is so intense; I’m often asked if I’m an alumnus. Saddled with the task of administering and promoting this programme year-round in Nigeria, I find myself selling an opportunity that I know is absolutely priceless […]

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13th April 2017 Kolkata, India

Bruce Bucknell

by Bruce Bucknell

Former British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

Interviews for an education

There are many ways of gaining an education. Apart from the usual places like school, college and university, I’m a fan of travel and seeing new places (which partly explains why I became a diplomat). Meeting people who have very different lives can teach you a lot. And for a lucky few, there is all […]

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22nd December 2016 Canberra, Australia

Bronwyn Capon

Visit & Event Coordinator and Chevening Officer

Gold Standard support for scholars

At the beginning of this month, I was honoured to accept, on behalf of the British High Commission, the Public Affairs Asia Gold Standard Award for Diplomatic Engagement for our work supporting scholarships for Indigenous Australian students. We have been supporting the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust since 2010 through the FCO’s Chevening programme, and recently extended […]

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18th August 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Visas made easy…

Since arriving in Sri Lanka, I have become a bit of an expert on visas.  In fact, when my phone rings, there’s almost a one in two chance that someone is calling about their visa. Getting a visa can be complex, frustrating and time-consuming.  My colleagues in UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) work really hard […]

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