2014 Commonwealth Professional Fellowships

2014 Commonwealth Professional Fellowships

Deadline: September 18, 2014

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commision (CSC) is now accepting applications for Professional Fellowships from organisations in the UK who have set up a programme and identified a Fellow or Fellows who they wish to nominate. Commonwealth Professional Fellowships support mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend a period of time with a UK host organisation working in their field for a programme of professional development.  Priority would be given to visits that have practical application in the areas of education, economic growth, environment, public health, governance, agriculture/fisheries/forestry and engineering/science/technology.The CSC does not accept direct applications from candidates and cannot provide a list of UK organisations that are willing to host Fellowships.

Fellowship Worth

The commonwealth Professional Fellowship provides the following

  • A return economy airfare from the Fellow’s home country to the UK;
  • A monthly living allowance for the duration of the fellowship;
  • An arrival allowance of up to £ 878.17 at current rates, including an element of warm clothing;
  • A fixed amount for excess baggage for return travel only, dependent on the airport destination;
  • A flat rate contribution of £800 to the costs of the host organisation(s), in respect of the administration and support of the Fellow;
  • Fees for any conferences or short courses attended during the period of the Fellowship, providing that these have been approved at the time when the application was considered by the CSC;
  • Other fees, for which the CSC will consider requests from the nominating organisation on a case-by-case basis.

Selection Criteria

Applications for Commonweath 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 Fellowship will have a ‘catalytic effect’, either within the developing country concerned, or in establishing new relationships with the UK

Eligibility Requirement

Candidates should:

  • Be Commonwealth citizens, refugees or British protected persons, and must be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country;
  • 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 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.

Application Process

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

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