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Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals

The closing date for submission of your application is 4 pm (BST) on  Monday 3rd August 2020

Commonwealth Professional Fellowships are for mid-career professionals from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries to spend between six weeks and three months at a UK Host organisation working in their sector on a programme of professional development.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Professional Fellowships provide talented and motivated professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector.

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

Purpose: To provide professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector, and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.

Intended beneficiaries: Mid-career professionals  (with five years’  relevant work experience)  working in development-related organisations in low and middle-income Commonwealth countries.

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make a change. They are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, please visit the CSC disability support statement available on the CSC website.


To be eligible for these fellowships, you 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.

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Host Programmes for 2020

The following organisations have been approved by the Commission to host Professional Fellowships for the current round.  Information on each programme along with the eligibility criteria is available below for each organisation as well as a link to their Website for more information.   Please note the eligibility criteria carefully as applications not matching the stated criteria will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered by the Host organisation.

British Geological Survey Cardiff University, The Phoenix Project Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust Conciliation Resources Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital NHS Trust Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London Justice Defenders Knowledge for Change Liverpool John Moores University Meriden Family Programme Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust The Law Society of England and Wales The Royal Veterinary College UK Statistics Authority University of East London- School of Health, Sport and Bioscience University of Salford



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