Our Fellowship Programmes
The Trust runs a number of Fellowship Programmes, targeting countries of the former Soviet Union and the Middle East & Gulf.
The Fellowship is frequently described as a life changing experience.
The Fellowship is a year-long engagement between emerging leaders and UK experts.
The network now spans eighteen countries and has over 400 Fellows.
- Selection on all programmes is open and competitive through an application and interview process - see How to Apply
- Candidates must demonstrate their potential as leaders committed to the future of their countries
- They must show that they have had an impact in their countries and will continue to have one in the future
- They must present an Action Plan that forms the basis of their learning agenda as Fellows
- The Action Plan must be something which UK experts can engage with
The Fellowship begins with an extended residential programme in the UK, which includes:
- Focussed workshops on key topics of relevance to the Fellows professional development - our speakers and panellists include politcians, judges and senior lawyers, diplomats, journalists, strategists and academics
- Relevant visits and engagements with UK institutions such as parliaments, universities, law courts, and ministries
- A tailored programme of professional development meetings with UK experts in the Fellows’ respective field of interest, known as attachment visits
- One-on-one mentoring on an Action Plan that Fellows will implement upon their return home
- Personal development meetings to reflect on each individuals own leadership and career path
- Monitoring and evaluation of Action Plan implementation
- Developmental visits and advice on the progress of Fellows' Action Plans
- A second short residential programme in the UK which involves meeting and working with the next cohort of Fellows
- Now spanning eighteen countries, the John Smith Network connects leaders from government, civil society organisations and the private sector
- All share the common experience of having been John Smith Fellows
- They share values and approaches as agents for modernisation and reform in their own countries
- Most maintain excellent connections with the UK experts they have met and understand the example and appreciate the philosophy of John Smith and the example of British political tradition
Over the past 15 years the network has matured to a point in which Fellows work together on joint projects both within their Fellowship countries - for example our Jordanian Fellows have collaborated on a project to reform the justice sector reform - and across countries – as such Fellows from Russia and Azerbaijan have worked together on projects related to children’s rights and youth policy.