The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission has recently announced its latest round of Professional Fellowships. UK organisations in all sectors are eligible to apply to host up to six Fellows for a programme of professional development designed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, skills and good practice between the host organisation and the visiting Fellow(s) and provide the opportunity to develop new, and further existing links with them and their employing organisation. Funding is available for programmes of between one and six months; a Fellowship covers the full cost of travel to and from the UK, living expenses, some UK travel and other approved short course and conference expenses for the Fellow(s), and a contribution to host organisation costs of £800.
All host organisations applying will need to be able to set up a comprehensive programme and to identify suitable Fellows themselves; both the host and the Fellow(s) will need to demonstrate in their application the planned development impact and outcomes both within the Fellow’s own profession and more widely within their home country.
The closing date for applications in the latest round – 2013 Round 1 – is 1 October 2012 for Fellowships to start between 14 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. Further information, including a prospectus which sets out the full terms and conditions of the awards and information on applying either through this round or in subsequent ones, can be found at: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/professional-fellowships . The Commonwealth Professional Fellowships Scheme is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and run by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK