Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What costs are covered by JST and how much will I be expected to pay?
A. JST covers the costs of return flights from a Fellow’s home country to the UK, accommodation, travel within the UK in accordance with the final programme, and provides a subsistence allowance of up to £25 per day for food.
Fellows are responsible for the cost and provision of their own medical and travel insurance during the Programme.
Q. What is an Action Plan?
A. The Action Plan is the heart of the Fellowship. Each Fellow will designs and develop a project which will have a lasting impact in their communities in terms of developing the rule of law and promoting good governance. Fellows write a first draft of their plan as part of the application process. It is then refined during the residential Programme as a result of one-on-one development meetings, attachments, and workshop sessions.
The Fellows will then attend a Follow Up event where they report on the progress of their action plan and share lessons learned.
Q. Is there a set of criteria that candidates must meet?
A. The Trust aims to recruit high-flying and influential young leaders who will make a substantial impact on the future development of their countries. The Fellowship Programme is open to political leaders, government or local government officials, journalists/media experts, lawyers and influential young leaders from civil society or the NGO sector. The “ideal” candidate will be aged 25-40, with a track record of concern for good governance.
Q. What level of English do applicants need in order to be accepted on the Fellowship Programme?
A. Good written and spoken English is essential. A minimum level of IELTS of 6.0 is normally needed for successful candidates. We may require you to take an IELTS test at the final stage of the selection process. This only applies to applicants who have been a) short listed for interview and b) selected by the interview panel for inclusion in our final short list. Not all finalists are required to sit a test. However, the interview panel reserves the right to require a test at their discretion. The costs of testing must be met by the candidate.
Please note that IELTS testing is not an indicator of selection for the John Smith Fellowship Programme. Selection for IELTS testing does not infer that a place on the Fellowship Programme has been secured. Similarly, exemption from IELTS testing does not indicate that the interview has been unsuccessful or that a place on the Fellowship Programme has been secured.
Q. Do you accept candidates from countries outside the Trust’s listed Fellowship countries?
A. No. The Trust can only accept applications from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine for the John Smith Fellowship Programme or Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Oman for the John Smith Rule of Law Fellowship Programme.
Q. My nationality is one of the following: Armenian/Azerbaijani/Georgian/Kyrgyz/Moldovan/Russian/Ukrainian – Bahraini/Iraqi/Lebanese/Jordanian/Omani but I currently live and work in another Fellowship country – can I still apply for the Fellowship Programme?
A. Yes, you are eligible to apply as a candidate of your country of residence.
Q. My nationality is one of the following: Armenian/Azerbaijani/Georgian/Kyrgyz/Moldovan/Russian/Ukrainian - Bahraini/Iraqi/Lebanese/Jordanian/Omani but I am currently living overseas – can I still apply for the Fellowship Programme?
A. The Trust recruits young leaders who will make a substantial impact on the future development of their countries. Therefore, applicants must be resident in a Fellowship country and in employment in that country.
Q. I am under 25 years old/over 40 years old, can I still apply?
Yes, applicants outside this range can apply. Please note that the Trust aims to recruit influential young leaders who have the experience and potential necessary to make a substantial impact on the future development of their country. Younger applicants may be encouraged to apply again in the future.
Please note that the candidates selected are those who the Trust feel will make the largest long-term impact to their country's development and not the development of their own careers.
Submitting your Application
Q. What is the deadline for applications?
A. All application processes are currently closed.
Q. Can I use an electronic signature on my application form?
A. Yes, JST accepts application forms with electronic signatures.
After your application has been submitted
Q. When are candidates notified if their application has been successful?
A. Candidates for the November 2014 Rule of Law Programme (Middle East) will be notified by the end of July 2014 if they have been selected for interview.
Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, it may not always be possible to respond to everyone. If you have not heard from JST by the dates mentioned above your application has not been successful this time.
Q. Can I apply again if my application has been unsuccessful?
A. Yes, applicants are often encouraged to re-apply again in future years.