The Oxford Chevening Gurukul fellowship remains one of the most sought-after programmes in India with past alumni including several cabinet ministers and civil administrators.
Continuing the traditions of the past two decades this year also Chevening Gurukul fellowship has invited applications. This programme is aimed at sharpening leadership skills. The fellowship is hosted by the Department of Politics and International relations of Oxford University. It is a fully funded program by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office. Each year they are inviting applicants till November 1, 2022. The competition will be a tough one as only 12 candidates will be selected for this position.
Chevening Gurukul fellowship seeks students with different career backgrounds who have strong leadership skills. The fellowship addresses issues in different fields and how different leaders or different leadership ideologies will impact the world in simple words it addresses issues faced by leaders of the different fields on “how to lead more effectively”. The study material focuses on academic understanding, policy relevance and personal development.
The 11- week program focuses on themes that are impacting global leadership like climate change, global economy (how it grows, trade, its regulations or deregulations), social challenges (refugees, inequality, migration, intolerance etc), booming science and technology (cyber security, technological interconnectedness, internet etc), international and national governance (UN, WTO and trade agreements, the European Union and BREXIT) and development of personal and leadership skills.
It is interesting to note that the eligible candidates must have mid-career professionals with at least 10 years of work experience. The applications are invited from candidates of public, private and non-government organisations who can exhibit the abilities of independent and creative thinkers; able to show the ability to thrive in alliances between India and the United Kingdom often in complex and fast-moving areas.
“It will give a platform to embrace and weave global integration within the milieu of social impact. I look forward to the programme and bringing back the exemplary learning in creating a homogenised society in India,” said 2022 candidate for the Chevening Gurukul fellowship, Dr Ruma Bhargava Piyush Goyal, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (cabinet ministers), L.K. Atheeq (IAS, Karnataka cadre), Samir Saran (Observer Research Foundation), Harish Bhat (Tata Sons) are some of the noted alumni of the program.