The John Smith Trust Wider Europe Fellowship 2019 in UK

Deadline: 15 November 2018
Open to: citizens of one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine aged 25-35
Benefits: fully funded


Applications for The John Smith Trust Wider Europe Fellowship 2019 in UK are now open.

Fellowship Programmes give the next generation of leaders the chance to explore issues of good governance, the rule of law and social justice in the UK through an intensive four-week series of workshops, debates, visits and meetings. On return home, Fellows are able to use the contacts made and relationships established during the UK Programme as follow-up support.

The John Smith Trust Programmes connect a growing network of over 500 Fellows across the region who continue to exchange ideas and collaborate with each other. The JST Fellowship is for life.

The Wider Europe Fellowship 2019 begins with the UK residential programme. This includes one week in Scotland (based in Edinburgh) and three weeks based in London. In 2019 it is scheduled to take place from Monday 3rd to Thursday 27th June, with arrival in Edinburgh over the weekend of 1st/2nd June and departure by Friday 28th June. The initial engagement however is for one year: after the UK programme, Fellows commit to the implementation of their Action Plan on return home (including providing 6- and 12-month updates), ideally benefitting from support based on contacts made in the UK.

The JST is looking for future leaders who will participate actively in the UK residential Programme, including the development and subsequent implementation of an Action Plan. On completion of the UK Programme, the Fellows make a long-term commitment to the John Smith Trust as members of its Alumni Network: staying in touch, participating in regional events and continuing to exchange and collaborate with other Fellows, including new intakes.

The John Smith Trust Fellowship Programme is a unique and potentially life-changing opportunity. It offers exceptional individuals the chance to explore issues of good governance, social justice and the rule of law in an intensive four-week programme in the UK. It gives participants the chance to explore their leadership styles, and develop key skills.

It includes a week in Scotland and three weeks in London. Fellows participate in workshops, debates and visits with senior leaders and high-level experts. Each Fellow also has a programme of placements and meetings tailored to their particular area of interest, which is reinforced by follow-up mentoring and support.

Those who successfully complete the UK programme become part of the distinguished network of JST alumni of over 500 Fellows spanning over 20 countries. The JST Fellowship is for life.


To apply you must:

  • 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 country;
  • Demonstrate a clear professional interest in the areas of good governance, the rule of law and/or social justice and a general interest in all three;
  • Propose an Action Plan addressing a policy or organisational issue of importance in your field of work which you intend to implement on return to your home country, 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 long-term;
  • Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine;
  • Be aged 25-35.


  • The Fellowship is a unique career enhancing and potentially life changing opportunity to develop your leadership skills and gain professional experience through access to high level UK experts and senior leaders;
  • You will see in practice how UK institutions function and how they address the challenges facing a modern democracy;
  • 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.
  • JST covers:
    • the costs of return economy flights from a Fellow’s home country to the UK;
    • a visa if required, accommodation in the UK;
    • travel within the UK in accordance with the final programme;
    • daily subsistence for the duration of the UK programme;
    • All costs related to the workshops, visits, meetings and sessions in the UK are covered by the Trust.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.