Chevening/Clore Fellowship

The Chevening/Clore Fellowship is a partnership between the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Clore Leadership Programme, offering mid-career professionals in the arts and culture sector an exceptional opportunity to undertake an individually tailored professional development programme in the UK. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office funds up to six international fellows to join a cohort of approximately 25 fellows across the UK on the Clore Leadership Programme.

About the fellowship programme

The UK-based Clore Leadership Programme has been shaping exceptional cultural leaders for the last 10 years through in-depth learning, tailored to the needs, aspirations and circumstances of the individual. 

Each year, the programme awards around 25 fellowships to exceptional individuals from the UK and beyond. The structure of the programme includes residential courses, an extended placement, individually-selected training and mentoring. The fellows have proved to be a self-sustaining network in a growing international family.

As a part of the Clore Leadership Programme, each international fellow will undertake an individually tailored programme based in the UK which will include:

  • Attendance at two mandatory intensive residential leadership courses (lasting two weeks each) alongside the Clore Fellows; the first takes place in September/October at the start of the academic year and the second in June/July at the end of the academic year.
  • A period of secondment for approximately eight weeks at a cultural institution in the UK
  • Participation in courses and conferences in the UK
  • Support from a mentor in the UK

The majority of the fellows' individual training and development programme, including their secondment, mentoring, attendance at courses and conferences, and the second residential course will take place in the period between April and July of the academic year; the fellowship will be completed by 31 July.

The fellowship starts in September 2017 and runs throughout the academic year, with fellows travelling between their home country and the UK to undertake the fellowship.

For more information about this fellowship please visit the Clore Leadership Programme website.

What does this fellowship include?

A Chevening/Clore Fellowship includes a training budget of up to £14,000 to cover:

  • Up to two return economy flights from your home country to the UK to undertake fellowship activities
  • Accommodation while in the UK
  • Living expenses while in the UK
  • A period of secondment for approximately eight weeks at a cultural institution in the UK
  • Individually tailored fellowship learning plan which may include participation in courses conferences and other processional development activities in the UK
  • Course and conference fees within the UK
  • Training and development costs within the UK
  • Travel in the UK

Who is eligible?

Applications are invited from individuals from the following countries:

To be eligible for a Chevening/Clore Fellowship, you must:

  • Intend to return to the country they were selected from at the end of the period of study.
  • Hold a degree that is equivalent to at least a good UK second-class honours degree or have equivalent professional training and/or experience.
  • Have completed at least five years’ (or higher as required by the Clore Leadership Programme) work, or equivalent experience, by the end of September in the year prior to the academic year for which the fellowship applies (e.g. by September 2016 for courses starting from September 2017).
  • Have not already received or be receiving financial benefit from an HMG funded fellowship or fellowship.
  • Meet one of the minimum requirements in accordance with the main fellowships scheme; OR where agreed, an English language assessment audit will be made based on the applicant’s written application and by observing the Chevening/Clore interview
  • Not hold dual nationality where one nationality is British (other than for nationals exempt from this requirement listed in the Chevening Guidance for Applicants).
  • Not be employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than two years before) of Her Majesty’s Government including the FCO (including FCO Posts), the British Council, DFID, MOD, BIS, UKTI and UKBA, the Association of Commonwealth Universities or the Clore Leadership Programme or any of their wholly-owned subsidiaries.

Applications are also advised to review the Clore Leadership Programmes key attributes.

How to apply?

Applications for this fellowship award are open between 8 August and 8 November 2016. Apply through your country fellowships page, via the country links listed above.