Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for Developing Commonwealth Countries in UK, 2016-17


Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for Developing Commonwealth Countries in UK , and applications are submitted till 17 May 2016. Commonwealth Professional Fellowships provide an opportunity for mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend a period of time with a UK host organization working in their field for a program of professional development. The duration of the fellowships between one and three months this may be extended up to a maximum of six months. Programmes must have demonstrable development impact in the Fellow’s home country and the Fellow must be able to show how the knowledge and skills they will gain during the Fellowship will be disseminated after their return home. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country):  | UK

Level: Fellowships support mid-career professionals to spend a period of time with a UK host organization working in their field for a program of professional development.

Field(s): Applications are encouraged from a wide range of professional, charitable, public, and private sector organisations based in the UK. Priority will be given to applications with practical relevance in the following broadly-defined areas: Agriculture/fisheries/forestry, Economic growth, EducationEngineering/science/technologyEnvironmentGovernance and Public health.

Deadline: The closing date for applications for 2016 (Round 2) Commonwealth Professional Fellowships is 17 May 2016.

Funded By:  Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC), UK

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Commonwealth Professional Fellowships are targeted for Fellows must be from eligible Commonwealth countries (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos, Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions): 

 Award No:  Not Specified 

 Scholarship Duration:  Commonwealth Professional Fellowships should normally be between one and three month’s duration, although applications for longer periods.

 (up to a maximum of six months) will be considered, but only when a strong case for the additional time has been made. The duration of the Fellowship should, however, be long enough to allow for serious development of professional skills, so the CSC will not be able to consider applications for awards of less than one month

‣ Scholarship covers: Each Commonwealth Professional Fellowships provides:

  • Approved return airfare from the Fellow’s home country to the UK
  • Stipend (living allowance) payable monthly (or pro rata) for the duration of the award at the rate of £1,580 per month, or £1,959 per month for those at organisations in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2015- 2016 levels). Exceptionally, depending on the programme arranged, a peripatetic living allowance may be payable. Further details if applicable will be given at the time of offer
  • Arrival allowance of up to £887.83 at current rates, including an element for warm clothing and reimbursement of the visa application fee
  • Fixed grant for excess baggage for return travel only, dependent on the airport destination. The Fellow will be advised of the amount close to the date of departure
  • Flat rate contribution of £800 to the costs of the host/nominating organisation relating to the administration and support of the Fellow, setting up of appropriate meetings, any materials required, and incidental travel for the Fellow during the award
  • Reasonable fees up to a maximum of £3,000 will be agreed in the context of the length of the programme, but full justification must be given for the amount being claimed. Such claims can cover:
  • Fees for any conferences or short courses attended during the fellowship, provided that these are approved as part of the original application ? Cost of travel for visits to other organisations in the UK, where these form an integral part of the program me
  • Other fees, for which the CSC will consider requests on a case-by-case basis

Description

‣ Commonwealth Professional Fellowships support mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend a period of time with a UK host organization working in their field for a program of professional development.

‣ Fellowships are typically about three months but can be between one and six months in length and can include limited time for attendance at short courses or conferences, as well as visits to other organizations.

‣ Programs must have a demonstrable development impact in the Fellow’s home country and the Fellow must be able to show how the knowledge and skills they will gain during the Fellowship will be disseminated after their return home.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, applicant must:

‣ Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees or British protected persons

‣ Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country

‣ Normally have at least five years’ relevant work experience in a profession related to the subject of the application, by the proposed start of the Fellowship.

‣ Be available to start their Fellowship within prescribed dates as stated on the CSC website

‣ Not have undertaken a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship in the last five years

‣ Not be seeking to undertake an academic programme of research or study in the UK. Academics are eligible to apply for the scheme, but only to undertake programmes of academic management, not research or courses relevant to their research subject

‣ The CSC is keen to promote equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.

Selection Criteria for  Commonwealth Professional Fellowships

 applications for Commonwealth Professional Fellowships will be judged on the following criteria:

‣ The extent to which the proposed Fellowship will ensure the transfer of skills relevant to the needs of a Commonwealth developing country

‣ The extent to which those skills will lead to practical benefits for the developing country following the Fellowship

‣ The extent to which the  Commonwealth Professional Fellowships will have a catalytic effect, either within the developing country concerned, or in establishing new relationships with the UK

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Prospective Professional Fellows who are nominated by a UK organisation will be asked to complete the Electronic Application System (EAS). 

Electronic Application System

‣ Applications without two references (one from your current employer) will not be put forward to the selection committee. 

‣ You must check with your referees that they have submitted these via the EAS – further information for referees on how to submit a reference. The CSC cannot accept applications directly from individual candidates and these will not be acknowledged.

‣ Scholarship Application Due Date : The deadline for applications for 2016 (Round 1) Commonwealth Professional Fellowships is 23:59 (BST) on 17 May 2016. Applicants must liaise with their host/nominating organisation well in advance of this date to agree a deadline to complete the EAS, so that the organisation can submit the full application by the official deadline

‣ Candidates should liaise with their nominating organisation well in advance of this date to agree a deadline to complete the EAS, so that the organisation can submit the full application by the closing date.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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