Chevening British Library Fellowship 2023-2024

The Chevening British Library Fellowship 2023-2024 is now accepting applications. The Chevening British Library Fellowship is a partnership between the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office of the United Kingdom and the British Library that provides international experts with a year-long professional project-based placement. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with the extensive library collections and benefit from the library staff’s broad range of professional expertise.

The British Library is the UK’s national library and one of the world’s most important research libraries. The British Library’s collection spans all branches of knowledge in hundreds of languages, spans 3,500 years from some of the earliest written records to the most recent digital collections, and is available in all formats. Chevening, as a public-facing, culturally active research center, is thrilled to collaborate with the British Library to bring international professionals to the UK to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


For the 2023/2024 academic year, two placements are on offer and will provide fellows with experience in strategic and policy work relevant to a national library. There is one placement per theme.

  • West African Manuscripts Crowdsourcing Programme
  • Shan Collections at the British Library


Selected fellows will benefit from the following

  • The fellowship will last a duration of 12-month, hosted at the British Library.
  • Your daily living expenses for the entire duration of the fellowship are covered by the programme
  • Fellows will receive an economy return ticket for travel from their home country to the UK.
  • You will receive an allowance package for fellowship-related activities.
  • Fellows will also have at their disposal a special amount worth £1,000 for approved project-related expenses.


To be eligible for a Chevening British Library Fellowship, you must:

  • Applicants for this fellowship programme must be citizens and residents of China, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand
  • Prospective fellows must demonstrate potential in both leadership and influence
  • You must posses a postgraduate level qualification or its equivalent if you are to be considered.
  • Candidates must have accumulated significant professional and/or academic research experience of at least five years.
  • You must be currently employed or enrolled as a PhD scholar in a country other than UK/EU or USA.
  • Applicants must also demonstrate the minimum English language abilities for Chevening Awards.


This fellowship programme will is slated to begin in September 2023 and will run for a period of 12-month. All activities under this programme will be conducted at the British Library.

The programme runs under the two themes and ther is one placement per theme. Her below are the programme themes

  • Automating the recognition of historical Chinese handwritten texts: This theme is specifically dedicated to applicants from Mainland China.
  • Manuscript Textiles in the Southeast Asian Collections: This fellowship is specifically dedicated to candidates from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand

To apply, Click here

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