Explore the origins of Chevening, tracing its evolution from a fledgling scheme, supporting just 100 scholars a year, to the internationally-renowned programme that exists today, with an alumni network of more than 50,000 exceptional individuals around the world.
UK government introduces tuition fees for international students
The newly elected Conservative government announces that existing subsidies for international students are to be phased out. All overseas students starting at UK institutions from 1980 will have to pay full-cost fees.
'Pym Package' introduced
Mr Francis Pym, then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, announced that the government had decided to increase its support for overseas students.
First full year of the programme with 100 scholars
Chevening was referred to as the 'FCO Scholarships and Awards Scheme' (FCO SAS) from the 1984/1985 academic year.
Some Heads of Mission describe Chevening as the post's most important activity
Chevening quickly grows in importance to British embassies and high commissions around the world.
Programme renamed Chevening
Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd renames the programme after Chevening House, the official residence of the Foreign Secretary in Sevenoaks, Kent.
First alumnus becomes a head of state
Rinchinnyamyn Amarjargal becomes prime minister of Mongolia.
Chevening hits 25,000 alumni
After 18 years of the programme, Chevening comes of age and celebrates reaching 25,000 alumni.
Chevening Fellowships introduced
Chevening Fellowships are founded with the aim of helping mid-career professionals to increase their knowledge, networks, and potential through tailored short courses at UK universities.
Chevening Alumni Alliance officially launched
The CAA is launched with the mission to keep alumni connected beyond the scholarship experience, contribute to the community, and lead and inspire future generations.
Chevening hits 50,000 alumni
Chevening marked a special moment in its history at the 2018 Farewell event, as the global network of Chevening Alumni reached 50,000.