The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission is a non-departmental public body, responsible for delivering the UK’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan. It achieves this through the provision of (mainly postgraduate) scholarships and mid-career fellowships to some 700 individuals from throughout the Commonwealth each year. The Commission also nominates UK candidates to take up awards made by other Commonwealth countries. The Commission receives funding from the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Scottish Executive, and most UK universities.
There are 15 Commissioners, drawn from a range of academic, development, diplomatic and private sector backgrounds. Their roles are to:
- provide policy direction and oversight
- monitor the effectiveness of awards
- ensure appropriate structures for governance and accountability
- through selection committees held in February and March of each year, select recipients of awards
Candidates are also encouraged to find out more about the work of the Commission from its website, from which annual reports and other key documentation can be downloaded.
Full details of these vacancies are available at http://www.cscuk.org.uk/about/vacancies.asp
As Chair of the Commission, I would be very happy to discuss the post with interested applicants.
Applications should arrive by 17.00 (GMT) on 10 September 2010.
All forms should be completed and returned to the following address:
Dr John Kirkland
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom
c/o The Association of Commonwealth Universities
20-24 Tavistock Square