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Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Program 2025

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A great opportunity to pursue your career in the United Kingdom as the Commonwealth Scholarship Council has announced the Professional Fellowship Program for the academic year 2025. Commonwealth Professional Fellowships are for mid-career professionals from low and middle-income countries to spend a period at a UK host organization working in their sector for a professional development program. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector, and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.

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Candidates who are Mid-career professionals (with five years of relevant work experience) working in organizations in low and middle-income Commonwealth countries are encouraged to apply for the Commonwealth Professional Program. This year Commonwealth is dealing with six development themes. The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. Commonwealth are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination and encourages applications from diverse candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability.

Multiple host organizations listed on the official website have been selected to host Professional Fellows for 6 weeks or 3 months in 2025. Fellows are advised to read individual host eligibility criteria to ensure that they are eligible for a specific program. 

Details:

LocationUnited Kingdom
HostCommonwealth Scholarship Council
ProgramProfessional Fellowship Program
CoverageFully Funded
Fields of StudyMid-career professionals
Eligible countriesMultiple
GenderNot Specified
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Development Themes:

These fellowships are offered under six development themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity

Host Organization:

The host organizations listed below have been selected to host Professional: You can also join the British Academy Fellowship Program

  • Bees for Development
  • British Geological Society
  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Inclusion International
  • Knowledge for Change
  • LifeLine Network International
  • London North West University Healthcare Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tackle
  • University College London
  • University of East London
  • University of Salford
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Wessex Global Stroke Partnerships

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for these Fellowships, prospective Fellows 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 fellowship 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 at an organisation that they will return to upon completion of the fellowship
  • Provide at least two references, one of which must be from their current employer. Any applications for which references are not received by the reference closing date will be considered ineligible.
  • Not have undertaken a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship within the last five years (at the time of taking up the award)
  • Not be seeking to undertake an academic programme of research or study. 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 their fellowship from the prescribed start date

Financial Benefits:

Candidates will get the following benefits for the Commonwealth Fellowship Program:

  • Approved return airfare from the Fellow’s home country to the UK.
  • Reimbursement of the standard visa application fee.
  • Stipend (living allowance) payable monthly (or pro rata) for the duration of the award at the rate of £2,057 per month or £2,553 per month for those at organizations in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2023/24 levels).
  • If a Fellow declares a disability, a full assessment of needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC. See the CSC disability support statement for more information.
  • Arrival allowance of up to £1,156.60 (rates quoted at 2023/24 levels), including an element for warm clothing.
  • A maximum of £3,000 per Fellow can be agreed by host organizations for short courses/conferences as well as travel to visit other UK organizations where this forms an integral part of the program. Host organizations should bear in mind the restrictions set out in our guidance on claimable costs.

Eligible Countries:

Here is the list of eligible countries from which fellows can apply:

  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Dominica
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • St Helena
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambiae Countries

Duration:

Fellowships will be tenable for between six weeks and three months starting from February 2025.

Deadline:

The deadline has not yet been announced fellows are advised to apply as soon as possible before the application portal closes.

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How to Apply:

The application process is online candidates need to register and then apply for the commonwealth Fellowship program at the official portal.

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