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Year-long professional development projects for emerging global leaders
The British Library awards two professional development fellowships each year through a special collaboration with Chevening, the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.
Each fellowship takes the form of a unique project-based placement that will support British Library staff to capitalise on the breadth and depth of our collections and expertise, enable new types of research, inform strategy and foster international collaboration.
Upon completion of their projects, our fellows join the highly regarded global network of Chevening alumni. We are delighted to be part of a programme that will build a community international ambassadors for the value of professional research and personal development at the British Library.
Project underway (September 2018 - September 2019):
Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East
Fellow: Rihana Suliman
Supervisor: Jody Butterworth (Curator, Endangered Archives Programme)
Academy and Society in the Balkans 1850-1950
Fellow: Sanja Stepanovic-Todorovic
Supervisor: Milan Grba (Lead Curator South-East European Collections)
Exploring and enhancing the British Library’s Turkic-language collections
Fellow: Akmal Bazarbaev
Supervisor: Michael Erdman (Curator, Turkish and Turkic Collections)
Fellow: Parthasarathi Bhaumik
News and Media in South Asia: Past and Present (2016-2017)
Fellow: Junaid-ul-Hassan Sheikh
Supervisor: Arani Ilankuberan (Curator South Indian Collections)
Big data and libraries (2016-2017)
Fellow: Oluwaseun Obasola
Supervisor: Maja Maricevic (Head of Higher Education)
Research on digitised archival material from Latin America and the Caribbean (from September 2019)
Research on the British Library’s African-language printed books collections (from September 2019)