Chevening Secretariat and BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme 2021

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  • Application closes: 31 March 2021 (at 17:00 BST)

The Chevening Secretariat and BBC World Service Group are pleased to invite applicants for the Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme, starting in September 2021. Successful applicants will complete a three and a half month placement at the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Based on their skills and area of interest, successful applicants could be placed in one of a number of areas of World Service Group activity including: 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.

Benefits

  • Enrolment on a bespoke one-week course at the BBC College of Journalism.
  • Access to College of Journalism courses on the same basis as BBC staff. Awardees will be expected to complete at least one additional course during their placement.
  • Successful applicants will be supervised 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. The exact top up amount will be confirmed at a later date, as it is calculated to coincide with each new financial year. Successful applicants will be expected to find suitable accommodation themselves.

How to Apply

Applications will open at 12:00 BST on 17 March and will close on 31 March 2021 (at 17:00 BST).

To apply, you must complete a Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme application form, AND submit the following to [email protected]:

  • A current 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 2021.
  • A complete Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme application form.

The form is available to complete here 

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).

Should applicants be successful in the first round of applications, they will be invited to interview with the BBC.

Please note that successful applicants are expected 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.

For more Information: Visit the website for Chevening/BBC World Service Group 2021 Professional Placement Programme

Eligibility

There are Up to eight 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.