Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for Developing Countries, 2016 UK

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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, 2016 UK

Eligible Field of Study

Priority will be given to applications with practical relevance in the following broadly-defined areas:
Economic growth
Public health

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)

This prospectus describes the Commonwealth Professional Fellowships offered by the CSC for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries in 2015. 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.

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Scholarship Type: Research Fellowship for Commonwealth Scholarship

Selection Criteria

2015 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

Application Deadline:

The closing date for applications for 2014 (Round 3) Commonwealth Professional Fellowships is 23.59 (GMT) on 14 September 2015

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

Applications for Commonwealth Professional Fellowships must come from UK organisations – the CSC cannot accept any applications directly from prospective Fellows. CSC does cannot provide a list of organisations in the UK to which prospective Fellows can apply.

If you are a contact at a prospective host organisation interested in making an application, you will need to register to use the Electronic Application System (EAS). To do this, please write to the CSC on your organisation’s headed paper providing the full name and email address of the person who will make the application and who will act as the main contact should the Fellowship go ahead.

Visit the Scholarship Webpage details on how to apply

Sponsors: Department for International Development (DFID) UK.

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