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Applications are open for the 2018/19 Chevening Clore Fellowships. 

This item was last updated on
10 August 2017

"A life-changing experience, not only on the professional level, but more importantly on the personal level." Karim Elshenawy, 2014-2015 Chevening Clore Fellow, Egypt

The Chevening Clore Leadership Fellowship is a partnership between the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Clore Leadership Programme, offering mid-career professionals in the arts and culture sector an exceptional opportunity to undertake an individually tailored leadership programme in the UK. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office funds up to six international fellows to become part of a cohort of approximately 25 fellows, from across the UK and internationally, on the Clore Leadership Programme. The Programme has been shaping exceptional cultural leaders for the last 13 years. 

About the fellowship programme

“The Chevening Clore Fellowship was one of the most transformative experiences in my life. Beyond developing new cultural and leadership skills, this last ten months have helped me to understand my purposes and to focus my energy on projects that mean something to me. They also helped me to improve my confidence and get more ambitious about the impact I could make in society.” – Eduardo Fraga, 2015-2016 Chevening Clore Fellow, Brazil

The fellowship brings together some of the most creative and dynamic cultural leaders in the UK and beyond for a life-changing adventure - it is an intense personal and professional learning experience unlike any other. The fellowship will support you to be the leader you have the potential to be, through in-depth learning tailored to your individual needs, aspirations and circumstances. Give yourself the space to think, learn and do.  Fellows take up to seven months to focus on their leadership development while staying connected to their workplace. They benefit from a diverse peer group, access to experienced leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs, artists, experts and extensive networks.

This is a learnt, not a taught programme. It is action-orientated and practical. It is intellectually rigorous but not academic. It is intensive and challenging. Fellows work in small groups on practical projects, and attend masterclasses, talks, and workshops on topics like change management, strategic planning, and cultural policy.

The Clore Leadership Programme believes that leaders are change-makers. They are defined by their behaviours and values, their decisions and actions. 

Each Fellowship includes:

  • Attendance at two mandatory intensive residential leadership courses (lasting two weeks each) in September 2018 and in June/July 2019
  • Access to a training budget of up to £14,000 
  • A period of secondment of approximately eight weeks at a cultural institution in the UK
  • An individually tailored fellowship learning plan which may include participation in courses, conferences, and other professional development activities in the UK
  • Support from a mentor in the UK
  • Accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the Fellowship
  • Travel in the UK

Who is it for?

From artists and entrepreneurs to heads of established institutions, the Clore Fellowships nurture dynamic and diverse leaders. The participants are drawn from a range of specialisms including:

• Visual and performing arts
• Film and digital media
• Libraries, museums, archives, and heritage
• Cultural policy

Chevening Clore Fellows benefit from a diverse peer group, unparalleled access to experienced leaders, thinkers, experts, and artists, and extensive networks. Their learning is tailored to their individual needs and aspirations. They work in small groups on practical projects, and attend masterclasses, talks, and workshops on topics like change management, strategic planning, and cultural policy.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a Chevening/Clore Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of Brazil, China, India, Jordan, Egypt, Mexico, or South Africa. You must not hold British nationality.
  • Intend to return to the country you were selected from at the end of the period of study
  • Hold a degree that is equivalent to at least a good UK second-class honours degree or have equivalent professional training and/or experience
  • Have completed at least five years’ paid work experience either in employment, self-employed or freelance by the time you submit your application
  • Meet the English language requirement of the Chevening programme
  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines and expectations for the programme.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the Chevening Programme's online application system here. Make sure to read all the eligibility notes provided before applying. 

What we look for in potential Fellows:

Candidates should be of a similar high calibre to the Clore Fellows and have a track record in their home country, with an expectation that they will fill senior leadership roles in the future. We are not looking for perfectly formed leaders, but we are keen to offer Fellowships to exceptional individuals who are ambitious to lead, and take responsibility for themselves and their actions.

Candidates will need to be able to explain in their application and interview how the Chevening Clore Fellowship will make a difference to them. They must be able to demonstrate ambition and proven achievement in their professional life, as well as most or all of the attributes listed in our Looking for Leaders section.

The closing date for applying is 7 November 2017. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

What Happens After?

Short-listed candidates will be required to participate in an interview (either by telephone or Skype) with representatives from the Clore Leadership Programme, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the British Embassy/High Commission in the applicant’s home country between March-May 2018. Full application timeline can be found here.

Each candidate should:

  • Have a good command of the English language both written and spoken (see Guidance for Applicants here)
  • Have the ability to live independently and make the most of intensive learning opportunities

Read more about the Clore Fellowships here.

What is Chevening?

Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers fellowships to mid-career professionals to undertake bespoke short course in the UK.

Chevening provides a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

The Global Chevening Network

Numbering 44,000 worldwide, Chevening Alumni constitute an influential and highly regarded global network. They have an excellent record of rising to positions of leadership across a wide range of fields including politics, culture, business, the media, civil society, law, and academia

Additional information about Chevening can be found on the official Chevening website.


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