Our mentoring programme is designed as an avenue for Chevening alumni to pay forward our experience of being a Chevening scholar to future applicants and current Chevening awardees. We aimed to overcome challenge mostly faced by Chevening applicants and current awardees on the lack of think-tank partner to support them throughout the journey applying scholarships, preparation of moving to the UK, and living abroad.
Our mentors are volunteers from Chevening alumni, where they can contribute their time and thoughts that suit their resources to provide free advice and mentorship for the Chevening applicants and current awardees. We seek for no rewards in the provision of this programme.
In a nutshell, we aim to mobilize our forces of Chevening alumni to:
- Attract curious, knowledge-thirsty, promising, and visionary candidates in applying for Chevening scholarship
- Provide supports, challenges, and insights while facilitating the applicants’ thinking process to develop their full potential in winning the award
- Support the current scholars to have a great experience of studying and living in the UK
We hope that our Chevening Mentees can get some perks from this programme, including but not limited to, first-hand stories from a real Chevening awardee, encouragement to be Chevening awardee, improved understanding about studying in the UK, improved quality of essays, insights on future career plan, and introduction to alumni associations. Moreover, we would certainly love to see our Chevening Mentees to become Chevening Mentors in the next foreseeable future.
How it works
In September 2019, we launched our first Online Mentoring Programme, a structured one to one relationship that focuses on the needs of the mentee. The selection of mentees is based on their drive, as well as their level of preparedness and coherence within their answer of our questionnaires.
For this first batch, we have successfully matched 152 applicants with 76 mentors from various exciting area of interests covering health, environment, communication, technology and digitalization, creative industry, engineering, journalism, development, supply chain, and many more. Our mentors provide compelling support covering questions about essay questions, university experience, being a Chevening Scholar, subject areas, and many more.
To complement the online programme, we have conducted offline mentoring sessions to facilitate the meet-up between future Chevening applicants with Chevening alumni. During this session, applicants can directly ask questions and consult on their application process with the alumni.
Some of the events are:
- Rimma X CAAI: Higher Education Can be Part of Your Career
- UK DAY Mentoring for Chevening Scholarship Application
We are currently brewing our next activities – aiming to reach more of applicants and more geographical area