Celebrating 35 years ofExcellence

Since 1983, Chevening has brought the most exceptional individuals from around the world to study in the UK. This unique opportunity has helped to elevate careers, transform communities, shift and deepen perspectives, and build intercontinental bridges. Although our mission is not yet complete, in 2018/2019 we reflect on and celebrate 35 years of Chevening excellence.


Chevening Changemakers

Saundarya Rajesh

Saundarya Rajesh

💼 Founder & President of AVTAR Group

Saundarya is one of India’s most respected thought leaders on issues of diversity and inclusion. An award-winning social entrepreneur, she is best known as an advocate of gender balance in corporate India.

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Husam Zomlot

Husam Zomlot

Occupied Palestinian Territories
💼 Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom

Husam is the Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom. He also serves as Strategic Affairs Advisor to the Palestinian President.

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A history of excellence

In the early 1980s, seeds of discontent around tuition fees for international students gave rise to a new international scholarships programme, rooted in the UK but with branches that would span the world. That programme, announced by the Foreign Secretary Francis Pym on 8 February 1983, would become known as Chevening. It was initially funded for three years, yet 35 years later, 50,000 international students have benefitted from this internationally-recognised badge of excellence.

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35th Celebrations

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Create new Chevening memories

Create new Chevening memories

Are you one of the 50,000 who have studied in the UK as a Chevening Scholar or Fellow? Find out how you can relive your golden memories of the UK, and create new ones as part of a global community of leaders. Whether you were a fellow for a month or a scholar for a year, you remain a Chevener for life.

Support the movement

Support the movement

Within the next 35 years, we would like another 50,000 driven professionals to develop the knowledge and networks that can help them transform their professions and countries. To do this, we require the support of organisations that share our ethos of using education and intercultural exchange to create a more prosperous and peaceful planet.

Photography exhibition

Witness change in faces