Information for applicants

To apply you must:


John Smith Fellows can come from any field, particularly politics, administration, business, the media, and civil society. The age band of Fellows is normally 25 to 35 years.

Please see our FAQs page for more information.

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 contacts. 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 an online application form, which you should complete as soon as possible. The online application form will open on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 and close at midnight (UK time) on Sunday 17th June 2018. Please submit your application as early as possible within this timeframe. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to arrange a face-to-face interview in their respective country in July 2018. Final selection and confirmation of Fellows will take place by the first week of August 2018. (Candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified before the end of June.)

If you meet the criteria above and are interested in the 2018 Central Asia Fellowship Programme, please complete the application form.