Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme 2012



Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme is a tailor-made programme for high-flying mid-career Indian professionals working in the fields of science, innovation, and related public administration.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Rolls-Royce present this remarkable eleven week opportunity at the Sa?d Business School, University of Oxford that will enable scholars from India to explore innovation and science policy, from an academic, practical and personal perspective.

Each scholarship covers the following:

* Full Programme fees

* Living expenses for the duration of the scholarship for a maximum period of 11 weeks

* Return airfare

* UK Visa

Science & Innovation Leadership Programme

The Programme offers an intense 11-week course at the prestigious Sa?d Business School, University of Oxford. Its wide range of modules will include 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 ideal candidate should be a mid-career government, science or media professional with leadership potential and experience in any of the following or similar disciplines: research, technology, manufacturing, business development, or business and public administration.

Programme Duration: Eleven weeks from 10 April - July 2012

Deadline to apply for 2012 program is 5 December 2011

Aims of the programme

The aim of the programme is 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

Overall Programme goals * An understanding of the UK science base and a range of innovation management processes

* Awareness of the interactions between research, innovation and policy

* Skills, tools and personal development to address practical challenges more effectively

* Experience of the UK and in particular Oxford with its unique educational, cultural and historical environment

* The beginnings of new networks and connectivity between India and the UK.

Programme Content

Intensive, high-level, inter-disciplinary study, debates with practitioner, guided/focused study visits and seminars and projects of professionals relevance, involving significant contact with UK specialists.

There will be three main modules: Science , Innovation and Policy. Each module will include lectures, workshops and discussions that focus on relevant ideas, institutions and introduce the group to experts and opinion leaders, together with a significant element of practice, including case studies, visits and projects.

A programme of external speakers, visits, project and events will ensure lively variety of engagement with UK institutions throughout, as well as properly diverse pedagogy.

The University:

The Sa?d Business School at the University of Oxford. For university details please visit and

Sa?d Business School is one of Europe's youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools. An integral part of the University of Oxford, the school embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs, and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but the connections between business and the wider world.


The Chevening programme is supported by Rolls - Royce, one of the UK's most innovative companies. 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, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. In 2009, Rolls-Royce invested ?864 million on 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 visit:

Eligibility criteria

Successful applicants should have the 'Chevening' qualities of drive, leadership potential, a commitment to change, talent for innovation and creativity, and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.

Please check the eligibility criteria before applying.

Last date for applications: 5 December 2011