Application Deadline: 23.59 (GMT) on 12th September 2016.
Offered annually? Yes
Brief description: The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission is offering Research Fellowships for mid-career professionals of Developing Commonwealth Countries to study at a UK host organization.
Eligible Field of Study: Priority will be given to applications with practical relevance in the following broadly-defined areas:
About Scholarship: The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 30,000 individuals have benefited – 24,000 of them have held awards funded by the United Kingdom, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC)
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.
Scholarship Type: Research Fellowship
Eligibility: To be eligible for these fellowship, candidate must:
- Be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- Have normally 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
Organisations from any sector can apply either to host one or more Commonwealth Professional Fellows within their own organisation, or to nominate one or more Fellows to be hosted by another organisation with which they have links. To apply for these fellowships, organisations must:
- Be based in the UK
- Have set up a programme of activities for the fellowship
- Have identified a Fellow/Fellows who they wish to nominate, through existing networks or wider advertising
- Be able to demonstrate the capacity to set up and manage the fellowship(s) on a day-to-day basis
Selection Criteria: 2016 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-months
Eligible Countries: Developing Commonwealth country
To be taken at: UK Universities
How to Apply: If you are nominated by a UK organisation for a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, you will be asked to complete an application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS).
If your application does not include two references – one from your current employer – it will be considered ineligible. You must check with your referees that they have submitted their references via the EAS by the application deadline – further information for referees on how to submit a reference
You must liaise with your 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.
Sponsors: Department for International Development (DFID) UK.