The Chevening/Clore Fellowship is a partnership between the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Clore Leadership, offering mid-career professionals in the arts and culture sector an exceptional opportunity to undertake an individually tailored leadership programme in the UK.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office funds up to five international fellows to become part of a cohort of approximately 20 fellows, from across the UK and internationally, on the Clore Fellowship Programme.The programme has been shaping exceptional cultural leaders for the last 16 years
The Chevening/Clore Fellowship is a tailored programme of leadership development which aims to enrich and transform cultural practice and engagement by developing leadership potential, acumen and skills.
The Chevening/Clore Fellowship brings together some of the most creative and dynamic cultural leaders in the UK and internationally for an intense personal and professional learning experience unlike any other. The Chevening/Clore Fellowship will support you to be the leader you have the potential to be, through in-depth learning, tailored to your individual needs, aspirations and circumstances.
The fellowship runs in 2022, from March – September 2022, with a loose framework designed to boost the development of exceptional cultural leaders at a pivotal point in their career. It is adaptive and self-guided, so you’ll need to be highly motivated and deeply curious. The Chevening/Clore Fellowship is a learnt not a taught programme, it is experiential, grounded in practice, and underpinned by contemporary leadership theories and approaches.
‘I think since the programme enables a safe place for us and we are able to bring our frailties and vulnerabilities to the fore the bonds are more precious. It has also been very rejuvenating for me to be away from work and concentrate for once on myself and my own growth which there is neither time nor resources for whilst in my own work space.’
– Arundhati Ghosh, India
As a part of Chevening/Clore Fellowship, each international fellow will undertake an individually tailored programme based in the UK which will include:
- Two residential leadership courses in March and September 2022
- Three day-long non-residential skills-based workshops
- A two-day ‘Urban Intensive ’ team project
- A 360° leadership profile
- A four – six week secondment in a UK based cultural organisation, (normally in an organisation or field very different to your usual workplace or practice) where you’ll be working on a ‘live’ project set by your host organisation;
- Bespoke learning opportunities through conferences, courses and study visits and peer/sector networking.
- Focused support from a mentor or coach.
- Thought leadership exploration through a written provocation paper.
The Fellowship starts in March 2022, with fellows travelling between their home country and the UK to undertake the 1st fellowship residential in March 2022 and then returning to the UK in May 2022 to undertake the majority of the fellows’ individual training and development programmes, including; workshops, their secondments, mentoring, attendance at courses and conferences, and the 2nd Fellowship residential course. The fellowship will be completed by 30 September 2022.
A Chevening/Clore Fellowship includes a training budget of up to £18,500 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 4-6 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.
Applications are invited from individuals from the following countries:
- South Africa
To be eligible for a Chevening/Clore Fellowship, applicants 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 Clore Leadership) work, or equivalent experience, by the end 2021.
- Have not already received or be receiving financial benefit from an HMG funded fellowship.
- 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 FCDO (including FCDO Posts), the British Council, MOD, BIS, UKTI and UKBA, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, or the Clore Leadership Programme or any of their wholly-owned subsidiaries.
Applicants are also advised to review the Clore Leadership Programmes key attributes.
‘A life-changing experience, not only on the professional level, but more importantly on the personal level.’
– Karim El Shenawy, Chevening/Clore Fellow, Egypt