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Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme

The proposed dates for the 2014 Chevening CRISP Programme are 9 April 2014 to 26 June 2014.

The Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme is a Scholarship funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Rolls-Royce for 12 mid-career top level people in the field of science and innovation - with links to public policy - in India. It will provide funding for three months’ study on a tailor-made course in the UK.

The Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme (CRISP) is a unique programme aimed specifically at mid-career Indian professionals working in the fields of science, innovation, business and related public administration. The ideal candidate should be in mid-career in business or the public sector with exceptionally high potential. The following disciplines are particularly relevant: business, research, technology, manufacturing, and public administration.

This programme provides an invaluable opportunity for Indian professionals to establish their own networks of contacts in the UK who would be of direct value to their work and career development in India.

For more information and a link to the application page please visit the Chevening Scholarships web pages.

The Programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford will offer a wide range of modules including lectures, workshops, visits and interactions with high profile companies and scientists, and will bridge pure research and business/scientific entrepreneurship, practical processes of innovation, commercialisation of research and technology transfer.

The course is aimed at some of India's brightest scientists, business people and public servants.


The objectives are to:

  • promote the role of science and innovation as a driver of growth and opportunity
  • forge lasting ties between the UK and India’s future leaders

Participants will:

  • develop an understanding of the UK science base and a range of innovation management processes
  • explore the interactions between research, innovation and policy
  • research and present a business plan based on their own interests and experience
  • visit a wide range of UK institutions, research institutes, businesses and social entrepreneurship organisations
  • take part in a varied cultural programme, and explore potential insights from the arts to the working environment

The programme provides opportunities for personal and professional development and for participants to extend their own individual UK-India network.

Programme content

The programme includes a mixture of academic sessions, visits, group and individual projects, tutorials/ mentoring sessions (including personal development), debates, guided/focused study visits and seminars and projects of professional relevance, and social and cultural activities (with an emphasis on visual and spoken communication). There will be significant contact with UK specialists and opportunities for participants to develop their own connections and interests.

There will be four main strands: Science, Innovation, Leadership & Management and Politics/Policy. Each module will include lectures, exercises and discussions that focus on relevant ideas and challenges. As part of the programme each participant will research, develop and present a business plan.

Throughout the programme, participants will receive personal and professional development coaching from trained mentors at the Said Business School. These mentors will help guide individuals and groups through the content of the programme, and will also work to ensure that each person gets the most out of his or her experience.

Partner organisation

The award is supported by one of the UK's most innovative companies, Rolls Royce.
Rolls-Royce is actively involved in, and supportive of, educational opportunities and activities for students, graduates and professional executives. The company is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. In 2009, Rolls-Royce invested £864 million in research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions. Please visit the Rolls-Royce website for more detail:

Eligibility criteria

Successful applicants should have the 'Chevening' qualities of ambition, drive, and leadership potential, a commitment to change and organisational development, a talent for innovation and creativity, and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, not only in technical and professional terms but also culturally.

Candidates will be expected to have had at least 10 years' work experience after their first degree, and expect to have at least fifteen working years ahead after the end of the programme.

How to apply

Applications for the Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme are open until 1 November 2013.

For more information visit the Chevening Scholarships web pages.

Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten said:

I am delighted that Oxford University hosts the Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme for mid-career Indian scholars and practitioners. Oxford’s long-standing links with India are strong and varied. They include cutting edge research partnerships across the disciplines, outstanding collections of art and manuscripts and with top Indian scholars. It will be a particular pleasure to welcome the 2014 CRISP scholars and strengthen these connections. CRISP is a stimulating and wide-ranging programme, with the potential for forging deep and long-lasting personal links for all participants.

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This unique scholarship brings together the very best of British with the very best of India. It captures the essence of the modern UK-India partnership - world-class capability matched to world-class potential to generate world-class ideas. I am delighted that Rolls Royce, Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and the UK’s Chevening Scholarship Scheme continue to invest with confidence in this important venture.

British High Commissioner Sir James Bevan KCMG