Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence


The Chevening Gurukul Leadership Programme at the London School of Economics (LSE) is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s premium scholarship scheme for India. The selected candidates are offered an intense, all expenses-paid, 12 week residential course at the LSE. Through a combination of closely supervised project work, academic courses, field visits, seminars, debates and interactions with some of today's top public figures, this is a unique opportunity for up to 16 Indian leaders.

The British High Commissioner to India, Sir Richard Stagg said:

“Prime Ministers David Cameron and Manmohan Singh have set out an ambitious vision for how the UK-India partnership should become ‘stronger, wider, deeper’. Chevening Gurukul scholars will play a critical role in this by making their mark, not just in the next few years but over the coming decades. The unique programme at the London School of Economics is tailored to equip high-flying Indian professionals in mid-career with new skills and perspectives so that they can spot, seize and shape opportunities in the complex and inter-connected world in which we all live.”

Essar is the corporate sponsor for the programme.

This scheme is designed for working professionals who already have substantial experience in their career fields and are looking for a short-term, full-time, intensive, advanced training programme for top leaders - to build on their experience, knowledge and skills. These programmes provide a unique opportunity to Indian men and women to establish networks of contacts in the UK of direct value to their work and career development in India.
Applicants should not apply directly to the LSE. Simply complete the Chevening application.

Last date to apply is 11 April 2011.

Each scholarship covers the following:

(a) Full Programme fees
(b) Accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the scholarship for a maximum period of 12 weeks
(c) Return airfare from India to UK
(d) UK Student Visa and Schengen visa (for study visit)

The Chevening Gurukul Programme

Chevening Gurukul is a unique 12-week, advanced leadership programme, created by the renowned London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) specifically for India’s future leaders. It was launched in 1997 to mark 50 years of India’s independence.

Each year, this Programme enables twelve exceptional Indian men and women to participate in an intensive exploration of the challenges of top leadership in a globalising world through a programme of academic studies, field visits and seminars, debates with practitioners, and individual projects of direct personal relevance.

The Chevening Gurukul Programme addresses the issues faced by leaders in all fields – “how to lead more effectively” – by analysing changing ideas and practices of leadership and exploring the implications of globalisation for Indian leaders. It provokes critical thinking and provides unique opportunities for scholars to test their own hypotheses with policy makers and practitioners as well as with academics and opinion leaders.


The Programme offers each scholar a learning opportunity:

-to gain a global comparative perspective - by comparative analysis and by exploring the UK’s distinctive culture - and thus to sharpen understanding of India’s global roles and of external perceptions of India
-to explore in depth some of the major global challenges to leaders
-to study new theories of leadership and innovative practices
-to hone appropriate leadership skills in notably in team-building, and negotiating
-to explore a UK leadership success story and thereby make contact with professional peers
-to re-assess his/her own career trajectory

Programme Content

A personalised ‘learning partnership’ approach:

Throughout the 12 weeks, each scholar follows a Personal Development Plan with identified goals, under the guidance of an integrated supervision team including the Programme Director, the Coordinator of Leadership Studies, and an LSE supervisor. The Plan includes taking an optional graduate course and work on a special project - an analysis of the strategy underlying an UK ‘success story’ – based on research and interviewing, and completed by drafting and presenting a report. The process gives each scholar the unique opportunity both to build a network of UK peers and to gain in-depth understanding of the UK. Project work is carried out throughout the twelve weeks, with time set aside during weeks 5 and 11 for completing research and drafting the reports and each scholar presents his/her project report to the others in week 12.

Criteria for Eligibility

Applicants for this programme should be

-Outstanding mid-career professionals with at least five years of work-experience
From any field e.g. media, public/private sector, NGO's, politics
-Able to demonstrate leadership in their chosen field or profession (to be assessed from the personal statement provided with the application form and the references)
-With an inner drive to make a difference and looking to form networks & strengthen their opportunities
-Recent graduates may apply but must be able to demonstrate exceptional and outstanding leadership experience through either academic or extracurricular activities

General Eligibility Criteria

-An Indian national with a valid Indian passport
-Conversant with written and spoken English
-You are not eligible if you
-have in the past received a British Government funded scholarship
-work for the British Government (including the British Council, DFID and PAG's) or have worked with them in the past two years
-apply from another country
-Are not planning to return to India after the course for at least 2 years

Application Process

Full information on the scholarship, the application criteria and process. Only online applications will be considered.

Last date to apply is 11 April 2011.

Further information,

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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