Commonwealth Professional Fellowships support mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to spend periods (typically three months) with a UK host organisation working in their field for a programme of professional development. This can include limited time for attendance at short courses or conferences, as well as visits to other organisations.
Key features of the Scholarship

  • Applications must come from an organisation in the UK willing to set up a programme and host the Fellow(s).
  • Organisations wishing to nominate a Fellow or Fellows will need to set up a suitable programme and identify the Fellows themselves.  A programme can include time spent within their own organisation, learning from colleagues in a structured manner, as well as time spent at other organisations within the UK and at conferences and a limited time on short courses.
  • Funding can be given for programmes of between one and six months (though typically for three months).
  • Applications are sought for programmes within the broadly defined fields of agriculture/fisheries/forestry, economic growth, education, engineering/science/technology, environment, governance, and public health.
  • Organisations can apply to host up to six Fellows at one time.
  • Fellows must be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons and must be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
  • Fellows must have at least five years’ relevant work experience.
  • Fellowships in Round 2 must start after 3 January 2012 but before 13 February 2012.
  • A Commonwealth Professional Fellowship covers the living expenses for the Fellow as well as a return airfare to the UK. It also provides £800 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.
  • Programmes must have demonstrable development impact in the Fellow’s home country
  • Commonwealth Professional Fellowships are not for academic study or research of any sort. Academics can be nominated for programmes of professional development in academic management but not for research or courses of any kind.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, candidates should:
• be Commonwealth citizens, refugees or British protected persons, and must be         permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
• have at least five years’ relevant work experience in a profession related to the subject of    the application, by the proposed start of the Fellowship
• be available to commence their Fellowship later than 13 September 2011 but before 13        February 2012
• not have undertaken a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship in the last five years
• 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.
Application and Selection Process
The Professional Fellowships Programme seeks to enhance the skills of mid-career practitioners in developing countries. Priority will be given to visits that will have practical application in the areas of agriculture/ fisheries/forestry, economic growth, education, engineering/science/technology, environment, governance and public health. It is emphasised, however, that each of the themes can be broadly defined.
Commonwealth Saltire Professional Fellowships will be offered in the field of climate change to organisations in Scotland.
Within these priority areas, applications 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.
How to Apply
You will normally contact the organization where you intend to do the fellowship who will start the first part of the application before you can complete the second part. Online application can be accessed by click here.
Entries for the first round normally close around  April each year.
Useful links:
The scholarship website can be access by clicking here
The prospectus for 2011 can serve as a very useful guide in preparing to apply. It is available by clicking here.
Start the online application here
For enquiries, email them at: [email protected]