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Commonwealth Professional Fellowships are for mid-career professionals from low- and middle-income countries to spend a period of time at a UK Host organisation working in their sector for a programme of professional development.


In 2021/22, the CSC will be running a special Professional Fellowship programme promoting Girls’ Education as part of the UK government’s ambitious initiatives to get 40 million more girls in primary and secondary school in developing countries by 2025 and improve learning levels, so girls can achieve their full potential



To provide professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector, and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.






Mid-career professionals (with five years’ relevant work experience) working in development-related organisations in low and middle- income Commonwealth countries.


Eligible Countries:

Developing countries


Number of Awards:

Up to 25 fellows (in total)


Value & Duration of Award:

Each fellowship provides:

  • Approved return airfare from the Fellow’s home country to the UK


  • Stipend (living allowance) payable monthly (or pro rata) for the duration of the award at the rate of £1,704 per month, or £2,115 per month for those at organisations in the London metropolitan area (at 2020/21 rate)


  • If a Fellow declares a disability, a full assessment of needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered by the CSC. See the CSC disability support statement for more information


  • Arrival allowance of up to £22 (at 2020/21 rate), including an element for warm clothing


  • For the Girls’ Education programme a £1,000 travel allowance to facilitate attendance at events


  • Reimbursement of the standard visa application fee


  • Flat rate contribution of £800 to the costs of the Host organisation relating to the administration and support of the Fellow, setting up of appropriate meetings, any materials required, and incidental travel for the Fellow during the award (to be paid to the Host organisation on receipt of an invoice).


  • Fees can be agreed for costs associated with Fellows attending short courses/conferences as well as travel to visit other UK organisations where this forms an integral part of the Up to a maximum of £3,000 can be agreed for awards of three months (to be paid to the Host organisation on receipt of an invoice)


Full justification must be given for the amount being claimed.


Host organisations should bear in mind the restrictions set out in our <guidance on claimable costs>


The Girls’ Education Fellowships are designed to:

  • Begin on 15th January 2022
  • Run for three months
  • Promote collaboration across host organisations with each host holding an engagement event for the full cohort of Fellows


How To Apply

We welcome enquiries for organisations working in Girls’ Education that are interested in becoming Fellowship Hosts. More information and details of how to contact us about this programme are available through the links below.


  • Information for prospective Hosts.


Completing Fellow application form

Applications must be made using the CSC’s online application system.


In the application form, prospective fellows will be asked to:


  • List all undergraduate and postgraduate university qualifications obtained (if applicable)


  • List up to 10 publications and prizes (if applicable)


  • Provide details of your employment history and explain how each job is relevant to the programme you wish to undertake in the UK (up to 100 words per employment)


  • Provide a statement on the relevance of your previous work experience to the proposed fellowship (up to 300 words)


  • List names and positions of three referees who are qualified to comment on both your capacity to benefit from your proposed Fellowship in the UK and your ability to deliver development impact afterwards. One of your referees must be your current employer.


  • Provide a Development Impact statement in 4 parts. In the first part you should explain how your proposed Fellowship relates to:


  1. a) getting 40 million more girls in primary and secondary school by 2025 and improving learning levels, so girls can achieve their full potential
  2. b) development issues at the global, national and local level
  3. c) development issues connected to the theme of girl’s education and the wider sector


(up to 200 words)

  • In the second part you should explain how you intend to apply your new skills once your Fellowship ends (up to 100 words).


  • In the third part you should outline what you expect will change in development terms following your Fellowship, including:
    a) the outcomes that you aim to achieve
    b) the timeframe for their implementation
    c) who the beneficiaries will be


(up to 250 words)

  • In the fourth part you should write about how the impact of your work could be best measured (up to 100 words).


  • Confirm what your award objectives are and how each of them will be met by the Fellowship programme


  • Confirm what your objectives are for the next two years and how each of them will be met by the Fellowship programme


  • Confirm what your objectives are in the longer term and how each of them will be met by the Fellowship programme


  • Provide a personal statement to summarise the ways in which your personal background has encouraged you to want to make an impact in your home country. You should indicate areas in which you have already contributed, such as having overcome any personal or community barriers to your chosen career (up to 500 words).


  • Summarise the ways in which you have engaged in voluntary activities and the opportunities you have had to demonstrate leadership (up to 500 words).


  • Provide a scan of your passport or national identity card


Visit Award Webpage for Details


Application Deadline for submitting references is 16:00 BST on Monday 30 August 2021.

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