Honouring the man

The John Smith Trust was founded in 1996 as a living memorial to Rt Hon John Smith QC MP, one of the outstanding political leaders of his generation. John Smith was deeply committed to the advancement of good governance, the rule of law and social justice and had a strong interest in the Former Soviet Union.

The John Smith Trust is a powerful – and fitting – legacy for John Smith. It harnesses and strengthens the ambition, passion, skills and knowledge of young leaders from the region and equips them to make a positive contribution to their societies.

Some of our Wider Europe 2018 Fellows at Downing Street

Fellowship Programmes

The John Smith Trust runs two Fellowship Programmes each year for candidates from countries of the former Soviet Union.

One Fellowship Programme is for future leaders from the Wider Europe region and one for future leaders from Central Asia.

The John Smith Trust Fellowship Programmes are unique and life-changing opportunities. They offer exceptional individuals the chance to explore issues of good governance, the rule of law and social justice in an intensive four-week programme in the UK of visits, meetings, discussions, debates and workshops. They give participants the chance to explore their leadership styles and develop key personal and professional skills.

Some of the participants of the JST Alumni Networking event in Bishkek .

Alumni Network

The John Smith Trust connects committed leaders of change who are passionate about working together to make a real difference to their countries and communities. Those who successfully complete the UK Fellowship Programme become part of the vibrant and growing network of over 500 JST Alumni across the region who continue to connect, collaborate and share ideas with each other.

The John Smith Trust organises regular face-to-face regional Alumni Networking Events on specific themes and also facilitates virtual contact between JST Alumni through the online JST Alumni Network platform.

The John Smith Trust Fellowship is for life.