The Fellowship is a unique career enhancing and potentially life changing opportunity. As part of the JST Fellowship Programme, you will learn about the UK’s experiences (good and bad) of how a mature democracy deals with social justice and the rule of law in both theoretical and practical terms.
The Programme provides a supportive and challenging environment in which to develop knowledge, ideas and leadership skills, and creates important networks and relationships. You will have the chance to make lifelong friendships and invaluable professional contacts. After completion, you will become part of the John Smith Alumni Network which spans over 20 countries and territories, connecting leaders from government, civil society organisations and the private sector
The JST Fellowship Programme provides exceptional young leaders the opportunity to explore issues of governance, social justice and the rule of law through a month of workshops, discussions, debates, visits and meetings in the United Kingdom. The programme aims to inspire and equip young and potential leaders to make a positive contribution to their societies. Applications are open to citizens of WIDER EUROPE (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, or Ukraine) OR CENTRAL ASIA (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan). John Smith Fellows can come from any field, particularly politics, public administration, the media, civil society, law, and business – if a clear link is made to JST themes. The age band of Fellows is normally 25 to 35 years.
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 in accordance with the final programme, and daily subsistence for the duration of the UK programme
To apply you must:
- Be a citizen of one of the 12 following eligible countries: WIDER EUROPE (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, or Ukraine) OR CENTRAL ASIA (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan)
- Be resident in one of the 12 eligible countries and in permanent employment.
- Speak and write fluent English (preferably having already studied or worked in English).
- Demonstrate your potential as a leader in your chosen professional field, committed to the positive future development of your society.
- Demonstrate a clear professional interest in the areas of good governance, rule of law and/or social justice and a general interest in all three.
- Propose an Action Plan addressing a policy or organisational challenge of importance in your field of work or expertise which you intend to implement on return home and which will be informed by your experience in the UK.
- Be prepared to make a substantial commitment if selected as a Fellow: to be available for a four-week full-time residential programme in the UK and to participate actively in the JST Alumni Network in the longterm.
- Be aged 25-35.