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John Smith Trust launches Wider Europe and Central Asia Fellowship Programme

05 Jun 2024 We’re inviting exceptional young professionals and change-makers from 10 countries to apply for our Wider Europe and Central Asia Fellowship Programme. We welcome applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.    

John Smith Trust launches new 2024 Fellowship programme for Russians living in exile

01 Jun 2024 Apply now for our ‘Leaders in Exile: Future of Russia Fellowship’ to support your work towards a free and peaceful future for your society.

New law marks watershed for women in Kazakhstan

24 May 2024 On 15 April, Kazakhstan passed a new law that criminalises domestic violence and strengthens measures to protect women and children. Civil servant Naila Mukhtarova explains why this is an important moment for Kazakh society.
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John Smith Trust launches new 2024 Fellowship programme for Belarusians in exile

23 May 2024 Apply now for our ‘Leaders in Exile: Future of Belarus’ Fellowship’ to support your work towards a free and peaceful society.

Georgian Fellows stand with protestors

22 May 2024 John Smith Fellows Salome Ugalava and Tamar Oniani are at the forefront of efforts to oppose the “foreign agent” law, which has ignited mass protests across Georgia.
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John Smith legacy: championing women in public life

11 Mar 2024 On International Women’s Day (8 March), we held a special event with the John Smith Centre to celebrate women’s achievements and mark 30 years of John Smith’s legacy.
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Launch of new leadership programme for Ukrainian women in UK

08 Mar 2024 On International Women’s Day we are excited to announce our new leadership programme for Ukrainian women displaced by the current conflict and living in the UK.
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“The real price is paid in lives and blood”

24 Feb 2024 Kateryna Musiienko, a John Smith Fellow and city council member from Kremenchuk, Ukraine, talks about the impact of the war and calls on Ukraine’s partners to stand firm in their support. 

The power of networks

19 Feb 2024 Distributed networks provide a powerful means of bringing people together around a common purpose. Ray Svitla, from our Belarus Diaspora Fellowship Programme, explains how John Smith Fellows are putting this concept into action.
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Breaking the cycle of youth offending

12 Feb 2024 John Smith Fellow Zurab Sanikidze led the process to establish a joined-up child referral system in Georgia that reduces reoffending and helps children find a path to a better future.

Emerging leaders from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) get ready for UK residential programme

25 Jan 2024 We’re delighted to welcome 11 emerging leaders from the EECCA region to the John Smith Fellows’ community. These inspiring young professionals are taking part in our first Fellowship Programme since 2019 and are now preparing to come to the UK.  

“Digitalisation can unlock Tajikistan’s untapped potential”

15 Jan 2024 Jovid Ikromi, a John Smith Fellow (2017) from Tajikistan is advocating for policies that will speed up digitalisation in his country and create a better quality of life for all.

“We must not conflate Belarus with Russia”

21 Dec 2023 John Smith Fellow Anton Radniankou (Belarus, 2018) explains why and how UK and European policy makers should engage with Belarus’s pro-democracy movement. 
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Views from Central Asia on UK foreign policy

08 Dec 2023 As the UK Parliament reviews its engagement and diplomacy in Central Asia, John Smith Fellows from the region provide their unique insights and perspectives.

New programme launches for Belarusians in exile

21 Nov 2023 John Smith Trust’s Belarus Diaspora Fellowship Programme, which launches today, will support six Belarusian professionals living in exile.

Ukrainian Women’s Leadership programme to support Ukraine’s recovery

17 Nov 2023 The John Smith Trust is partnering with The University of Edinburgh Business School to develop a leadership programme for Ukrainian women currently living in the UK.
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7 interview tips to help you shine

23 Aug 2023 What do we mean when we talk about “authenticity”? What’s the STAR approach and how can it help in an interview? Read our interviewers’ top tips to find out. 

The environmental impacts of Russia’s war on Ukraine concern us all

15 Aug 2023 On 18 July, Fellows, UK parliamentarians and environmental experts discussed the impact of Russia’s war on Ukraine on the environment and what can be done to better monitor the damage and bring Russia to justice. 
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A bridge between business and government in Kyrgyzstan

26 Jul 2023 In his new role as Head of Secretariat of the Investment Council, Kyrgyz Fellow Uluk Kydyrbaev is helping shape a policy environment in which entrepreneurship can thrive

John Smith Trust launches new fellowship programme

17 Jul 2023 We’re inviting exceptional young professionals and change-makers from 12 countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia to apply for our next fellowship programme. This will take place online from August 2023 to February 2024 and includes a two-week residential programme in the UK.
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