The Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship (SAJP) application window is now open to receive applications for 2020/21 cohort.

The scheme is aimed at mid-career journalists from South Asian countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives who have reached a position of influence and want to increase their knowledge, networks, and potential through tailored short courses, research, or professional placements at UK institutions.

The fully funded fellowship is a collaboration between the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the University of Westminster. Individuals will undertake a bespoke eight-week fellowship titled ‘Good Governance in a Changing World: the Media, Politics, and Society’ hosted at the University of Westminster in London.

Applications are being accepted between 19 August and 19 October 2020. Interested journalists can find all information about eligibility, timelines, and the online application system on our website:  or

The course includes lectures, visits, and discussions and interaction with key UK academics, media, and political figures in the field. Participants will also spend time meeting their peers in some of the UK’s top media organisations, as well as running a symposium on a topic of their choice in the final week.

Chevening Fellows are also invited to a programme of exclusive networking events and talks. On graduating, fellows join over 50,000 other Chevening Alumni who together form an influential and highly regarded global network.

Since 2012, 56 Pakistani journalists have participated in the programme. Every year, the British High Commission through a competitive recruitment process selects seven journalists from Pakistan to attend the course. In 2019/20 58% female journalists were chosen for the  SAJP programme in Pakistan.

The South Asia Journalism fellowship programme will commence in March 2021 in the UK.