Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2021 for Mid-career Professionals in Developing Countries – UK

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission is offering Research Fellowships for mid-career professionals of Developing Commonwealth Countries to study at a UK host organization.

Application Deadline: 3rd August 2020 4pm (GMT).

Eligible Countries: Developing Commonwealth country

To be taken at: UK Universities

About Scholarship: The 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.

These Fellowships are offered under six development themes:

1.Science and technology for development
2.Strengthening health systems and capacity
3.Promoting global prosperity
4.Strengthening global peace, security and governance
5.Strengthening resilience and response to crises
6.Access, inclusion and opportunity

Type: Research, Fellowship

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Eligibility: To be eligible for these fellowship, candidate must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Have at least five years’ full-time, or equivalent part-time, relevant work experience, in a profession related to the subject of the Fellowships programme, by the proposed start of the fellowship – voluntary work experience will not be counted towards this minimum
  • Be in employment at the time of application that they will return to upon completion of the fellowship
  • Not have undertaken a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship within the last five years (at the time of application)
  • 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
  • Be available to undertake the Fellowship between 1 February 2021 and 15 March 2021. You should check exact dates with the prospective Host.

Selection Criteria: 2021 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 Fellowship will have a catalytic effect, either within the developing country concerned, or in establishing new relationships with the UK

Number of Scholarships: Several

Value of Scholarship: A commonwealth Fellowship covers the living expenses for the Fellow as well as a return airfare to the UK. It also provides funding support to the host organisation, with a budget of up to £3,000 available for attendance at conferences, on short courses, and other eligible costs.

Duration of scholarship: Typically 3-months but could be extended to 6-monthsHow to Apply: 

  • Host organisations reserve the right to make changes to the Programme (in discussion with selected Fellows) after selections have been made.
  • The closing date for submission of your application is 4pm (BST) on Friday 3rd August 2020
  • The closing date for the submission of references is 4pm (BST) on Monday 17th August 2020. Your application must include at least two references by this date, one of which must be from your current employer, otherwise it will be considered ineligible.
  • Once the closing date for Fellows’ applications and references has passed your application will be shared with the Host organisation you have applied to in order for them to review all applications and select the candidates they wish to put forward to the Commission. The Commission will make the final selections of Host organisation programmes and individual Fellows.
  • You can access the online application system now.

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