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Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme 2024

Application Deadline: 21 April 2024.

Applications are now open for the Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme, commencing in September 2024. 

The programme

Successful applicants will be offered a 13-week placement at the BBC.

Depending on their skills and interests, 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.

The placement is expected to be hybrid, with some work taking place in the London BBC office and some work taking place at home. Successful applicants will be informed of any changes to the programme as necessary.


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’ work experience in the journalism industry (paid or unpaid).

Furthermore, interns must have compatible term dates and visa arrangements.


The programme will also include:

  • Enrolment on a bespoke one-week course at the BBC College of Journalism
  • Access to additional College of Journalism courses, offered online
  • Mentorship whilst at the BBC
  • London-based scholar stipend for the duration of the placement
  • A BBC ‘top-up salary’ in line with the BBC New Talent Policy for the duration of placement.

Note: Successful applicants will be expected to find suitable accommodation themselves for the duration of placement.

How to Apply

To apply

Applications open at 10:00 (BST) on 5 April and close at 17:00 (BST) on 21 April 2024.

To apply, you must complete an application form AND submit the following to engage@chevening.org:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • An example of your journalism work (if not submitting via a link on the application form)
  • 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 the end of December 2024.

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).

More Info: Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme



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