Information for applicants
In 2017 the John Smith Trust will run two Fellowship Programmes for exceptional candidates from Wider Europe (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan).
Our Fellowship programmes
The aim of our Fellowship Programmes is to give the next generation of leaders the chance to explore issues of governance, social justice and the rule of law through an intensive four-week series of workshops, debates, visits and placements in the UK, reinforced by follow-up mentoring and support. Those who successfully complete the initial UK programme and year-long engagement become part of the distinguished JST Alumni, a network of over 500 Fellows across the region, continuing to exchange and collaborate with other members and participating in events. The JST Fellowship is for life.
It is now possible to apply for the Spring 2017 Wider Europe Fellowship Programme. Applications for the Autumn 2017 Central Asia Fellowship Programme will open later in the year.
Our FAQs page will give your more information about the dates of the programme and the application process.
To apply you must:
- Speak and write fluent English (preferably having already studied or worked in English)
- Demonstrate your potential as a leader in your chosen professional field, committed to the positive future development of your country.
- Demonstrate a clear professional interest in the areas of good governance, rule of law or social justice.
- Propose an Action Plan addressing a policy or organisational issue of importance in your field of work which you intend to implement on return to your home country, and which will be informed by your experience in the UK.
- Be prepared to make a substantial commitment if selected as a Fellow: to be available for a four-week residential programme in the UK and to participate actively in the JST Alumni Network in the long-term.
John Smith Fellows can come from any field, particularly politics, administration, business, the media, and civil society. The age band of Fellows will normally be 25 to 35 years.
What you will gain as a John Smith Fellow
The Fellowship is a unique career enhancing and potentially life changing opportunity to develop your leadership skills and gain professional experience through access to high level UK experts and senior leaders. You will see in practice how UK institutions function and how they address the challenges facing a modern democracy. You will have the chance to make lifelong friendships and invaluable professional connections. After completion, you will become part of the John Smith Alumni Network which spans over 20 countries, connecting leaders from government, civil society organisations and the private sector.
What we expect from you as a John Smith Fellow
We are looking for future leaders who will participate actively in the UK residential Programme, centred around the development and subsequent implementation of your Action Plan. On completion of the UK Programme, our Fellows make a long-term commitment to the John Smith Trust as a member of its Alumni Network: staying in touch, participating in regional events and continuing to exchange and collaborate with other Fellows, including new intakes.
How to apply
The process starts with a short application form including CV. If you are selected for the next stage we will ask you to complete a longer application form, with a deadline of 24 February. Please note, we will stop sending out links to the first stage form on 22 February.
The final stage for shortlisted candidates is a face-to-face interview in their country in March. Final selection and confirmation of Fellows will be by 7 April at the latest.
If you meet the criteria above and are interested in the 2017 Wider Europe Fellowship Programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a link to the short application form.