Apply for the Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme

Apply for the Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme

The Chevening Secretariat and the BBC World Service Group cordially invite you to apply for the Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme, which will begin in September 2022.

The BBC Chevening placement is not only a remarkable opportunity to learn about impartiality and the mechanics of a good story. It’s also an experience that helps scholars hone almost every aspect of their craft, with support from some of the world’s most recognised reporters, writers and producers.

About BBC World Service

The BBC World Service is the world’s largest international broadcaster, reaching 246m people weekly. With World Service English radio, and multiplatform output in 29 languages currently, it’s announced its largest expansion since the 1940s, meaning it will soon be available in forty languages including English.

Twelve new services will launch in the following languages – Korean; Oromo; Amharic; Tigrinya; Gujarati; Telugu; Punjabi; Marathi; Yoruba; Pidgin Igbo and Serbian, and there will be significant investment into new platforms and programmes. The expansion is a result of the funding boost for the BBC World Service announced by the UK Government.

The BBC’s Director-General has set a target for the BBC to reach 500m people worldwide by its centenary in 2022. They particularly want to reach new, underserved and younger audiences around the world.

As part of this ambitious and global expansion they are looking to recruit a number of positions around the world. New jobs will be advertised here all the time, so please make sure you bookmark this page.

BBC is really more than news – it is about connecting humanity, through journalism stories and internally, within the huge BBC team.

About Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarships enable excellent emerging leaders from throughout the world to study in the United Kingdom for a one-year master’s degree.

Chevening Scholarship are for people with passion, ideas, and clout to deliver the answers and leadership needs to make the world a better place.

This fully funded scholarship (covering flights, lodging, and course fees), enables you to focus on achieving your professional goals and taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Learn how to win 2022/2023 Chevening Scholarship here

The Programme

The Chevening BBC World Service placement is one of the most comprehensive schemes that journalism scholars can benefit from.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the placement programme is the close mentorship you will receive from world-class journalists. 

This provides a platform for Chevening scholars to expand their network and learn from the crème de la crème of the media industry and for every scholar who is awarded this opportunity, it is one to cherish.

The BBC will place successful candidates for a three-and-a-half-month placement.

Successful applicants could work in one of the World Service Group’s activities, such as World Service news programmes, BBC News online, World Service radio, digital output, BBC Media Action, BBC Monitoring, one of the BBC World Service language services, or Solutions-Focused Journalism, depending on their skills and interests.

The placement will be a hybrid, with some work taking place at the BBC’s London office and some at home. Any programme changes that are necessary will be communicated to successful applicants.

Placement Programme Coverage

  • Access to College of Journalism courses on the same basis as BBC staff. Awardees are to complete at least one additional course during their placement.
  • Applicants will work at a BBC location in London and will have a BBC mentor to assist them during the placement.
  • Successful applicants will receive the Chevening stipend for the duration of the placement, in addition and in order to meet the BBC standards under the New Talent Policy, the BBC will provide a total ‘top up salary’ for the period. 
  • Successful applicants are to find suitable accommodation themselves.
  • The Programme Coordinator will notify the successful applicant the exact amount they will receive.


Up to 10 placements are available to current Chevening Scholars studying relevant degree programmes in the UK. Due to the nature of the professional placement, applicants must also demonstrate that they have at least two years’ experience as a working journalist, and/or have or will have completed a master’s in journalism from a UK university by the time that the placement starts.

How to Apply

  • Applications will open at 10:00 BST on 14 March and will close at 17:00 BST on 31 March 2022
  • An up-to-date CV.
  • Status letter from your university that confirms the end date of your course.
  • A copy of your passport date page as well as a copy of your current Tier 4 visa/BRP ensuring eligibility to complete the placement in line with immigration regulations. Your visa needs to last long enough for you to complete this placement – until end of December 2022.
  • A complete Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme application form.
  • Applicants who pass the first round of the application process will come for an interview with the BBC.
  • In addition, applicants must consent to making their original Chevening applications available to the BBC (the information provided to the BBC by Chevening will not be transferred to any other third party without contacting you first).

Please note that successful applicants are to honour their commitment to return to their country of origin upon completion of their placement. The BBC will not offer any professional placement to anyone beyond the terms of their current visa.

The form is available to complete here

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