What we do
The Trust runs Fellowship Programmes, targeting countries of the former Soviet Union and the Middle East & Gulf. In Spring 2017, we launched a new Fellowship Programme for Russia, the Caucasus and Wider Europe. In late 2017 we launched a new Central Asia programme.
The Fellowship is frequently described as a life changing experience.
The network now spans 19 countries and has over 500 Fellows.
In this video, JST Fellow Talant Sultanov from Kyrgyzstan talk about his experience of our 2013 Programme:
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 politicians, 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 fields 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 individual's leadership and career path
- Monitoring and evaluation of Action Plan implementation
- Developmental visits and advice on the progress of Fellows' Action Plans
- 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 where Fellows collaborate on projects within their Fellowship countries. For example our Jordanian Fellows have collaborated on a project to reform the justice sector - and across countries – Fellows from Russia and Azerbaijan have worked together on projects related to children’s rights and youth policy.