Chevening Fellowships

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Year-long professional development projects for emerging global leaders

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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)

Projects completed:

Nationalism, Independence, and Partition in South Asia, 1900-1950 (2017-2018)

Fellow: Parthasarathi Bhaumik

Supervisor: Antonia Moon (Lead Curator, post-1858 India Office Records)

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)


Forthcoming projects:

Research on digitised archival material from Latin America and the Caribbean (from September 2019) - application deadline: 6 November 2018

Research on the British Library’s African-language printed books collections (from September 2019) - application deadline: 6 November 2018


To find out more about the Library’s Chevening Fellowships, please visit our page on the Chevening website or contact Research.Development@bl.uk

Related case studies

…The BL Newspaper collections are vast and in many cases also rare and unique in their content and collection histories. …

Junaid-Ul-Hassan is a Chevening Fellow working at the British Library on a project titled ‘News and Media in South Asia: Past and Present’.

…The British Library is rich in resources and digital ingenuities that libraries and information professionals have a lot to learn from. …

Oluwaseun is a Chevening Fellow working at the British Library on a project tagged ‘Big Data and Libraries’. The project focuses on learning from digital and data initiatives at the BL, as well as improving global visibility of obscure research datasets.