Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2020/2021 for Mid-Career Professionals to Study in the United Kingdom (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline:4pm (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 change. We 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, 


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.

Each fellowship provides:

  • Approved return airfare from the Fellow’s home country to the UK
  • Stipend (living allowance) payable monthly (or pro rata) for the duration of the award at the rate of £1,696 per month, or £2,104 per month for those at organisations in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels). Exceptionally, depending
    on the programme arranged, a peripatetic living allowance may be payable.
  • Further details if applicable will be given at the time of offer.
    If a Fellow declares a disability, a full assessment of needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC.
    Arrival allowance of up to £953.45 at current rates, including an element for warm clothing
  • Reimbursement of the standard visa application fee

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

Host organisations reserve the right to make changes to the Programme (in discussion with selected Fellows) after selections have been made.

How to apply

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

The closing date for the submission of references is 4pm (BST) on Monday 17th August 2020 Your application must include at least two references by this date, one of which must be from your current employer, otherwise it will be considered ineligible.

Once the closing date for Fellows’ applications and references has passed your application will be shared with the Host organisation you have applied to in order for them to review all applications and nominate the candidates they wish to put forward to the Commission. The Commission will make the final selections of individual Fellows.

Online Application System

You can access the online application system now.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2021


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