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 is between one and three months, but this may be extended up to a maximum of six months. The fellowships cover the living expenses for the fellow as well as a return airfare to the UK, and up to £3,000 available for attendance at conferences, on short courses and other eligible costs.
Fellowships are awarded for professionals working in their field for a programme of professional development. Priority will be given to applications with practical relevance in the following broadly-defined areas: agriculture/ fisheries/forestry, economic growth, education, engineering/science/technology, environment, governance and public health.
To be eligible for a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, candidates should:
-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 prescribed dates as stated on the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (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 wishes to promote equal opportunity, gender equity and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.
Applicants 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, 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).
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.
Each Commonwealth Professional Fellowship provides:
-A return economy airfare from the Fellow’s home country to the UK
-A monthly (or pro rata) living allowance for the duration of the Fellowship (currently £1,563 per month regionally, £1,938 per month for those based in the London Metropolitan area). 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
-An arrival allowance of up to £878.17 at current rates, including an element for warm clothing
-A fixed amount 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
-A flat rate contribution of £800 to the costs of the host organisation(s), in respect of the administration and support of the Fellow, setting up of appropriate meetings, and any materials required, as well as costs of incidental travel for the Fellow during the award
The closing date for application for Round 1 of 2015, is January 9, 2015.