Which countries are included in the Wider Europe Fellowship?

  • Only candidates from the following countries may apply: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine.
  • The Trust cannot accept applications from any other country or territory for the Wider Europe Fellowship.

Which countries are included in the Central Asia Fellowship?

  • Only candidates from the following countries may apply: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan.
  • The Trust cannot accept applications from any other country or territory for the Central Asia Fellowship. 

When does the Fellowship Programme run?

  • The Fellowship begins with the UK residential programme. This includes one week in Scotland (based in Edinburgh) and three weeks based in London.
  • The Wider Europe 2020 Fellowship Programme will run from Monday 2nd November to Thursday 26thNovember, with arrivals in Edinburgh over the weekend of 31st October/1st November and departures on Friday 27th
  • The initial engagement is for one year: after the UK programme, Fellows commit to the implementation of their Action Plan upon their return home (including providing 6- and 12-month written updates).
  • The next Central Asia Fellowship programme will take place in March 2021.

How does recruitment work and when is the deadline to apply?

  • The recruitment process consists of an online application form and a face-to-face interview for those who are shortlisted.
  • The deadline for completion of the online application form for JST Wider Europe 2020 Fellowship Programme is midnight UK time on Sunday 19th April 2020.
  • Candidates selected on the basis of their application form will be invited to an interview in the Wider Europe region. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified before the end of June 2020. Final confirmation of selected Fellows will take place in July 2020.
  • Applications for the next Central Asia Fellowship Programme will open in the summer of 2020.

Is there a set of criteria that candidates must meet?

  • The Trust selects exceptional and influential future leaders who are already making an impact in their field and will continue to make a substantial impact on the positive future development of their countries/regions, in areas related to good governance, the rule of law and social justice.
  • The Fellowship Programme is open to future leaders in politics; local, regional or national government or other public office; civil society; the media; the legal professions; higher education; and the business sector, where a clear link can be made to good governance, the rule of law or social justice.
  • Fellows are normally aged 25-35.
  • We are looking for people ready to make a substantial commitment to participate actively in the UK residential programme, to implement their Action Plan on return home and to become an active member of the JST Alumni in the long term.
  • Please note that the candidates selected are those whom the Trust feel will make the most significant long-term positive impact on their country’s/territory’s development and not the development of their own careers.
  • Before you apply, please read our website thoroughly and refer to our information for applicants. There is more detail on application criteria and what you can expect to gain from becoming a John Smith Fellow.

What is an Action Plan?

  • The Action Plan is a piece of work or a project related to each Fellow’s field of expertise which would be enhanced by UK expertise. The Action Plan can be related any field, but must contribute to promoting good governance, social justice or rule of law in your society. The Action Plan should be ambitious yet feasible to implement.
  • Each Fellow writes a first draft of their Action Plan as part of the application process. The Action Plan is then developed and finalised during the residential programme in the UK as a result of one-to-one Action Plan meetings with UK experts and practitioners, and after discussions and workshop sessions during the Core Programme.
  • On return to their countries, Fellows commit to the implementation of their Action Plan. They are required to report to the Trust formally on the implementation of their Action Plan 6 months and 12 months after the completion of their UK residential Fellowship Programme.
  • The Trust cannot provide any financial assistance for the implementation of Action Plans.

What is an Action Plan Meeting?

  • As part of the Fellowship Programme, the John Smith Trust sets up four days of individually tailored meetings for each Fellow with organisations and senior experts in the UK whose work is relevant to their Action Plan. These are called Action Plan Meetings.
  • Action Plan Meetings give Fellows the opportunity to ask questions and discuss ideas directly with practitioners and seek input from experts for their Action Plans. Action Plan Meetings also provide numerous opportunities for high level networking.
  • On the application form, Fellows are required to identify potential Action Plan Meeting hosts – a wish list of specific UK individuals, institutions and organisations they would ideally like to meet – and explain how these meetings would help them design and implement their Action Plan. If selected, in the lead-up to the UK Fellowship Programme, each Fellow is required to work remotely with the Trust to develop this wish list into an individually tailored programme of Action Plan Meetings.
  • The Trust cannot guarantee meetings with specific institutions, organisations or individuals, but will do everything possible to secure appropriate Action Plan Meetings for each Fellow.

What level of English do applicants need to be accepted onto the Fellowship Programme?

  • A high standard of written and spoken English is essential as the Fellowship Programme is conducted entirely in English. Fellows have preferably already worked or studied in English.

Do you accept candidates from countries outside the Trust’s listed Fellowship countries?

  • The Trust can only accept applications from:
    1. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine for the Wider Europe Programme. 
    2. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan for the Central Asia Programme

I am a national of one the countries/territories listed for the Fellowship, but I currently live and work in another Fellowship country/territory – can I still apply for the Fellowship Programme?

  • Yes, you are eligible to apply as a candidate of your country/territory of residence.

I am a national of one of the Fellowship countries/territories, but I am currently living overseas – can I still apply for the Fellowship Programme?

  • The Trust selects young leaders who will make a substantial impact on the future development of their countries/territories. Therefore, applicants must be resident in a Fellowship country/territory and in employment in that country.

I am under 25 years old or over 35 years old, can I still apply?

  • You can still apply, but the Trust will only consider candidates outside this age range in exceptional circumstances. Please note that the Trust selects influential young leaders who have the experience and potential necessary to make a substantial impact on the future development of their country/territory. Younger applicants may be encouraged to apply again in the future.

Can I apply again if my application has been unsuccessful?

  • Yes.

What costs are covered by JST and how much can I be expected to pay?

  • JST covers the costs of return economy flights from a Fellow’s home country/territory to the UK, a visa if required, accommodation in the UK, travel within the UK as required by the Programme, and daily subsistence for the duration of the UK programme. All costs related to the workshops, visits, meetings and attachments in the UK are covered by the Trust.
  • Please note: Fellows are responsible for the cost and provision of their own medical and travel insurance during the UK programme.

If you have any other questions, please email applications@johnsmithtrust.org and we will reply to you as soon as possible.