I applaud the WDS for coming up with such a wonderful programme, which goes a long way in adding value and knowledge to young women diplomats.
Sethunya Sedimo, Botswana (2006)
The WDS Scholarship Fund brings talented young female diplomats to London for a high-profile attachment programme to encourage more women into the diplomatic profession.

The intense 10-day programme enables scholars to shadow women ambassadors in the London diplomatic corps, giving them valuable insight into how different diplomatic missions operate.

The programme also includes a number of high-level meetings to introduce scholars to the conduct of diplomacy in one of the most demanding diplomatic capitals in the world.

The Scholarship Programme includes the following elements:
  • An introduction into the British diplomatic system with a full day at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with briefings by top British Foreign Office officials;
  • An introduction into the British political system, with a visit to the Houses of Parliament to observe parliamentary questions as well as a Foreign Affairs Select Committee meeting;
  • An introduction into multilateral diplomacy, including meetings with senior officials at the International Maritime Organisation, the Commonwealth and the Ambassador hosting the presidency of the European Union;
  • A visit to the European Commission and NATO headquarters in Brussels;
  • An introduction into the British Media, with a visit to the Foreign Press Association to observe a lobby briefing by the Downing Street press spokesman;
  • Attendance at public meetings and conferences at various international affairs institutions such as the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Chatham House and the London School of Economics;
  • Attendance of national days on the diplomatic circuit;
  • Guests of honour at a WDS luncheon lecture, with high-profile guest speaker.