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Fully-funded Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for International Students 2022

Applications are now being accepted for Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for International Students who want the chance to advance their knowledge and expertise in a specific field and make a significant impact on their employers.

Mid-career professionals from low- and middle-income countries are eligible for Commonwealth Professional Fellowships, which allow them to spend time at a UK host organization working in their industry as part of a professional development program.

The 2022–23 round of Commonwealth Professional Fellowships is entirely focused on clean energy, clean air, and clean oceans. The goal is to give professionals the chance to improve their knowledge and expertise in their specific industry and to have a catalytic impact on their workplaces.

Fully-funded Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for International Students 2022

Mid-career professionals (with five years of relevant work experience) employed by development-related organizations in Commonwealth nations with low and moderate incomes are the intended beneficiaries.


Fellowship Sponsor(s): Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK

Host Institution(s): UK host organisation

Fellowship Worth: Fully-funded

Number of Awards: Several

Study Level: Mid-career professionals

Nationality: See eligible Countries (below)


Eligible Countries | Fully-funded Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for International Students 2022

The following countries are eligible for the commonwealth Professional Fellowships:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji,, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for International Students, applicants must fulfill the requirements listed below:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Have at least five years’ full-time, or equivalent part-time, relevant work experience, in a profession related to the subject of the Fellowship programme, by the proposed start of the fellowship – voluntary work experience will not be counted towards this minimum
  • Be in employment at the time of application at an organisation that they will return to upon completion of the Fellowship
  •  If nominated for a Professional Fellowship, prospective Fellows will be required to provide at least two references, (one of which must be from their current employer). Prospective Fellows will be contacted directly by the CSC if required to submit references. The Host organisation Fellows are applying to might also contact them to request a reference when considering their application
  • Not have undertaken a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship within the last five years (at the time of taking up the award)
  • Not be seeking to undertake an academic programme of research or study. Academics are eligible to apply for the scheme, but only to undertake programmes of academic management, not research or courses relevant to their research subject
  • Be available to start and complete their fellowship within prescribed dates

How to Apply | Fully-funded Commonwealth Professional Fellowships for International Students

Applications for prospective Fellows are now open. Please click here to visit our online application system and submit your application.

All fellowships in this round will be tenable for three months from 22nd February 2023

Please note that all Commonwealth Professional Fellowships in the 2022/23 round are in the thematic area of Clean Energy, Air and Oceans. All applicants must be professionals working on related issues.

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

  • List all undergraduate and postgraduate university qualifications obtained (where 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)
  • Provide a Development Impact statement in 4 parts.

In the first part (up to 200 words) you should explain how your proposed Fellowship relates to:

  • Reducing reliance on fossil fuels, lowering rates of air pollution or promoting marine conservation, in accordance with the aims of COP 26 and SDGs 7, 13 and 14.
  • Development issues at the global, national and local level
  • Development issues connected to the theme of climate change and the wider sector

Application Deadline: September 2022

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