Chevening Clore Fellowship

This fellowship is currently closed for applications.

'The impact of the whole experience has been outstanding. One of my biggest learnings has been that although my world and the UK universe might seem far apart, I actually found thousands of coincidences and possibilities. Without a doubt, the Clore Fellowship experience has been one of the most impactful experiences in my life.' – Maria Garcia Holley, 2016-2017 Chevening Clore Fellow, Mexico

The Chevening Clore Leadership Fellowship is a partnership between the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Clore Leadership Programme.

It is a unique programme of cultural leadership development that seeks to enrich and transform cultural practice and engagement. Professionals in the arts and culture sector are given the opportunity to undertake an individually tailored leadership programme in the UK.

Each year, 25 places are awarded to exceptional leaders from a range of specialisms across the cultural sector including the visual and performing arts, film and digital media, museums, libraries, archives and heritage, cultural policy and practice. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office funds up to six international Fellows to become part of the cohort.

About the fellowship programme

'I have learned far more about myself, my limitations, my strengths and potentials for shifts and changes. This has been very valuable. Primarily, the Clore Fellowship Experience has been about developing an awareness of self and strengthening a commitment to self-growth and development for the betterment of my own work and the work of others.'  – Molemo Moiloia, 2016-2017 Chevening Clore Fellow, South Africa

The Fellowship provides a number of core activities and a loose framework to support your individual development as a cultural leader over a period of around seven months. The Programme has been shaping exceptional cultural leaders for the last 14 years. 

The Fellowship is self-guided so you’ll need to be highly motivated and deeply curious. It is primarily experiential, underpinned by contemporary leadership theories. You’ll learn from the experiences of guest speakers and your peers, and gain insights about yourself from practical workshops and through your secondment, mentoring and coaching. You’ll extend your knowledge and understanding of the wider cultural sector through dialogue, inquiry, study visits, conferences and meetings, and increase your skills and acumen through courses and individual training as part of your unique development plan.

This is a learnt, not a taught programme. It is action-orientated and practical. It is intellectually rigorous but not academic. It is intensive and challenging. Fellows work in small groups on practical projects, and attend masterclasses, talks, and workshops on topics like change management, strategic planning, and cultural policy.

Who is it for?

The Fellowship Programme is for leaders with ambition and vision, who can show clearly how they might take their leadership to the next level. We are looking for leaders who are dynamic, strategic and collaborative; who possess a high degree of intellectual curiosity, creativity, integrity and emotional intelligence. You will be entrepreneurial and driven to making a difference in your community of practice, sector and society through culture. Whether working independently or as part of an institution, you will be able to demonstrate your aptitude and appetite for effecting significant change. In addition you will:

  • Have significant experience of leading people, projects, organisations or practice either in a professionally paid or voluntary capacity in the cultural sector.
  • Be comfortable with managing budgets.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to, passion for and understanding of the cultural sector in your country.
  • Be able to demonstrate aptitude for leading and effecting significant change through your work.

Structure of the Chevening Clore Leadership Fellowship

The structure of the programme includes two residential courses, an extended placement, individually selected training and mentoring. 

'The whole experience was such a refreshing, rich and condensed learning experience. Having the cohort of Fellows for support, inspiration and learning is very comforting in the realities that we are living.' Heba El Cheikh, 2016-2017 Chevening Clore Fellow, Egypt

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) with their group of 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 programmes, including their secondments, mentoring, attendance at courses and conferences, and the second residential course will take place in the period between April and July of 2020; the fellowship will be completed by 31 July 2020.

The fellowship starts in September 2019 and runs throughout the academic year, with fellows travelling between their home country and the UK to undertake the fellowship. For more information about the fellowship please visit the Clore Leadership Programme website.

What does this fellowship include?

A Chevening Clore Leadership 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 professional 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 2019 for courses starting from September 2020).
  • Meet the minimum requirements in accordance with the main fellowships scheme.
  • 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.

Applicants who have previously received financial benefit from a HMG-funded scholarship or fellowship are eligible to apply after a period of five years following the completion of their first HMG-funded award and are required to demonstrate their career progression from that point.

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

How to apply?

Applications for this fellowship are now closed. If you are conditonally selected, please familiarise yourself with the placement timeline

Meet our current fellows

Find out more about our current cohort of Clore Fellows.