13:48John Smith Fellowship 2010 -- Promoting Democracy and Good Governance
The John Smith Memorial Trust is inviting applications to participate in the John Smith Fellowship Programme 2010. The application process is administered by the British Council on behalf of the John Smith Memorial Trust.
Applications for Fellowships are invited from the following countries: Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova.
What is John Smith Fellowship Programme
The Fellowships aim to strengthen and deepen awareness of good governance through a five-week programme in the UK and placements that show the workings of organisations within a long established democracy. The ‘ideal’ candidate will be aged 25–40, working in politics, local administration, business, the media or civil society, with a track record of achievement in the area of good governance and public service.
Good written and spoken English is essential. A minimum level of IELTS of 6.0 is normally needed for successful candidates. Candidates may be required to take an IELTS test at the final stage of the selection process. Not all finalists are required to sit a test. However, the interview panel reserves the right to require a test at their discretion. The costs of testing are covered by the John Smith Memorial Trust.
The primary objectives of the John Smith Fellowship Programme are to:
Bring together influential young civil society and political leaders to exchange views and receive information on best professional practice and the promotion of good governance.
Areas of Study
The John Smith Fellowship Programme covers the following broad areas:
Representative government in a democracy
Programme Dates and Structure
The Programme will last for 5 weeks starting on Saturday, 5 June until Friday, 9 July 2010 made up as follows:
Programme Introduction in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Fellows are expected to produce a personal plan of action to be carried out when they return home. 12 months later a Follow-Up Conference brings all Fellows together to London to report on their activities and compare progress – all Fellows are required to attend this as part of their Fellowship.
The Trust wishes to recruit high-flying and influential young leaders who will make a substantial impact on the future development of their countries. The aim is to recruit a mix of political leaders, government or local government officials, business leaders, journalists/media experts, and influential young leaders from civil society or the NGO sector. For details of eligibility criteria, please see Detailed Programme Description and Eligibility Criteria.
How to apply
The deadline for all applications and supporting documents is 9 November 2009.
Application forms are available on-line from the John Smith Memorial Trust and British Council websites. Applications for the 2010 Programme must be completed in English and emailed to the British Council as a Microsoft Word document no later than November 9th 2009. Applicants are also required to submit a printed, signed copy to the British Council by that date with transcripts and a digital passport-sized colour photograph. Applicants should be aware that local interviews will take place during January 2010, and should bear this in mind when planning holidays/travel.
Detailed Programme Description and Eligibility Criteria (Microsoft Word, 144 Kb)
Please use the Reference Form for the written reference as this is the only format The John Smith Memorial Trust will accept.
Ideally references should be included with the application. However, if this is not possible they will be required if candidates are shortlisted.
Final selection of candidates will be concluded by mid February 2010.
Further details of the application process can be obtained from:
More information about the John Smith Fellowship Programme and the work of the John Smith Memorial Trust is available at www.johnsmithmemorialtrust.org.