Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2018

Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2018

Last date to apply

2nd week of September 2018

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About Commonwealth Professional Fellowship

Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2018 is for individuals with minimum 5 years of work experience for undergoing a professional development program with a host organisation in the UK. Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2018 is to support mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries.The individuals work in their field for a program of professional development. The main purpose of the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship is to provide professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.

  • The fellow should be able to demonstrate that how this program would help them in gaining skills & knowledge and how will they disseminate the learnings in their home country upon their return.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with practical experience in the following fields:
    • Agriculture/fisheries/forestry
    • Economic growth
    • Education
    • Engineering/science/technology
    • Environment
    • Governance
    • Public health
  • The fellowship allows the professionals to spend time in UK’s host organization which runs the programme for professional development.
  • The fellowship is generally for one to three months but it can also be extended to maximum six months in case there are strong reasons for the extension.
    • The Commonwealth Fellowship plan is also applicable for short courses or conferences as a part of the programme.
  • The application needs to be made through a nominating organization using Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Electronic Application System.
  • Applications process for Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2017 are closed. Schedule for Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2018 will be available in late 2017.

Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2018 Dates


Events Dates
Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2018 Application Starts To be announced in late 2017
Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2018 Application Ends 2nd week of September 2018 (Tentative)

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Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Both
Region  Global
Class/ Age  Professional with 5-year work experience.
  •  Nationality: The applicant must be a citizen of commonwealth country or a British protected person.
  • Professional: The applicant needs to be a professional related to charitable, public or private sectors with minimum 5 years of experience.
  • Applicant should not have taken Commonwealth Professional Fellowship earlier.

Not Eligible for the fellowship:

  • Not for the academic programme: The applicants must not undergo any academic programme of research or study in the UK.

Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Reward

  • Air Fare: The applicant will be eligible for Economy Class airfare from his home country to the UK.
  • Living Allowance: A monthly living allowance of 1,959 GBP per month will be given to the applicants based in London metropolitan area and 1,580 GBP per month will be given to all others.
  • Arrival Allowance: Applicants, if selected, will get arrival allowance of 887.83 GBP will be given to get warm clothing and reimbursement of the visa application fee.
  • Extra Baggage Allowance: The applicant will receive extra baggage allowance for the return travel and the amount for the same will be informed to the applicant before the departure dates.
  • Allowance for conferences and sort term courses: Candidate can claim a maximum of 3000 GBP as the fee of any conferences or short term courses attended during the fellowship as an approved part of the application, after giving full justification of the amount being claimed.
  • Ineligible Allowance: Claims to fund mobile phone, laptop computer hire, cultural events and cost of visits outside the UK will not be approved.

Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Application form and Process

Candidates willing to apply for the fellowship need to do the same after there are informed to do so by the UK host organization.

The candidates have to apply to the nomination organisation and must liaise with them in advance of the last date to agree on a deadline to complete the EAS so that the organisation can submit the full application by the official deadline.

Online Registration Form
(Link will be updated when available)

  • Application Mode: The applications need to be made through Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Electronic Application System available at the official website of Commission.
  • Information required: While filling the application form online candidates will be asked to enter details related to his organization, activities he wants to undertake, the impact of the activities, details regarding the career.
  • References: Candidates need to submit the contact details of 2 references, one of them must be the current employer of the applicant. Applications without references will not be considered for the fellowship.

Application Submission 

Nomination Organisation has to submit the applications made by the candidates before the due date specified by the CSC. The last day for applying for Round 2 is the 2nd week of September 2018.

Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Selection Process

 All the applications will be selected based on the below given following criterion :

  • Transfer of Knowledge: The degree up to which the proposed fellowship will ensure the transfer of skills related to the development of the related nation.
  • Benefits of the Skills: The level up to which the acquired skills will help the development of the related country.
  • Effect of the Fellowship: The extent up to which the fellowship will act as a strengthening agent within the related nation or the nation’s relation with the UK.

Note: Decision of the selection committee will be final in all the cases. 

Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Contact Details

Woburn House
20-24 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9HF, United Kingdom

Email: deborah.bennett@cscuk.org.uk, professional.fellowships@cscuk.org.uk 
Contact Number: +44 (0)20 7380 6749

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