Commonwealth Fellowship 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. Full details:
School(Institutions/ Country): | UK
Level: Commonwealth Professional 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): Agriculture/fisheries/forestry, Economic Growth, Education, Engineering/science/technology, Environment, Governance, and Public Health.
Deadline: 7 October 2013.
Funded By: Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC)
Beneficiaries(Target Groups): commonwealth fellowship is Open for Students of Following Countries: Commonwealth countries (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, The Gambia, 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).
‣ Award No: The maximum number of fellows that can be nominated by an organization in one year is six. The CSC will decide upon the actual number of Fellows chosen.
‣ Scholarship Duration: Commonwealth Fellowship 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 Fellowship provides:
‣ Commonwealth Fellowship 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.
‣ Commonwealth Fellowship is 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.
To be eligible for a Commonwealth Fellowship, candidates should meet the following criteria:
‣ Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees or British protected persons, and must 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 commence their Fellowship within the 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 program of research or study in the UK. Academics are eligible to apply for the scheme, but only to undertake programs of academic management, not research or courses relevant to their research subject.
‣ The CSC wishes to promote equal opportunity, gender equity and cultural exchange. Applications are welcome from the many different races and origins that comprise the Commonwealth’s rich variety of cultures, traditions and institutions.
2013 applications for Commonwealth Fellowship 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 Fellowship will have a ‘catalytic effect’, either within the developing country concerned, or in establishing new relationships with the UK.
Scholarship Application Method
‣ Applications for Commonwealth Fellowship must come from UK organisations – the CSC cannot accept any applications directly from prospective Fellows. An online application form is available at website.
‣ The first section of the form should be completed by a representative of the host organisation; the second section of the form should then be completed by the prospective Fellow(s).
‣ The CSC cannot accept applications directly from individual candidates and these will not be acknowledged. If you have a query about Commonwealth Fellowship, please email professional.fellowships-at-cscuk.org.uk.
‣ If you are a contact at a prospective host organisation interested in making an application, you will need to register to use our Electronic Application System (EAS).
‣ To do this, please write to the CSC on your organisation’s headed paper providing the full name and email address of the person who will make the application and who will act as the main contact should the Fellowship go ahead.
‣ This letter can be sent by post to or as an attachment by email to professional.fellowships-at-cscuk.org.uk.
‣ They will then be able to set you up as a nominator on the EAS, and will email you instructions on how to apply.
‣ Organisations that have been previously registered on the EAS can use the login and password already provided, but should email professional.fellowships-at-cscuk.org.uk to inform the CSC that you intend to make an application in 2013 (Round 2).
‣ Once registered to use the EAS, there are three stages to making an application: -Complete the Nominator’s part of the application form and ‘release’ it.
‣ Notify the prospective Fellow(s) and ask them to log into the EAS as an Applicant, complete their part of the form and ‘submit’ it.
‣ They need to notify you once this has been done.
‣ Log back into the EAS and ‘nominate’ the Fellow(s) to the CSC. All three stages need to be completed by the published closing date.
‣ Scholarship Application Due Date: The closing date for applications for 2013 (Round 3) Commonwealth Professional Fellowships is 7 October 2013.
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