Wider Europe

Eligible countries are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to confirm the dates of the next John Smith Trust fellowship programmes. We anticipate that the next Wider Europe programme will take place in 2023.
Wider Europe 2019 Fellows with Baroness Smith at Downing Street
Central Asia 2019 Fellows at Lancaster House

Central Asia

Eligible countries are: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to confirm the dates of the next John Smith Trust fellowship programmes. We anticipate that the next Central Asia programme will take place later in 2022.

Structure

Fellows spend one week in Scotland and three weeks in London. They discover first hand how UK institutions function and what challenges are faced by a mature democracy. The fellowship programme offers both a broad picture and an individual focus. They are structured around the following three pillars:

Core Programme

Workshops, talks, discussions and debates with leading experts on the UK’s experience of governance that is rules-based and people-focused.

Action Plans

Fellows develop an action plan – a project related to their field of interest – which would be enhanced by UK expertise. It must be implemented on their return home and be of lasting benefit to their community.

Leadership Skills

The programme also provides leadership skills development including debate and communications training with the opportunity to contribute to a Fellows’ public debate.
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