How to apply

“The Fellowship has totally changed me, that’s what’s so powerful about it. It lets you dream a bigger dream.” – Musician Eva Okwonga, Fellow

Deepesh Patel researched medicinal plants in the Amazon rainforestWe have made our application process as simple and open as possible. Everyone can apply, regardless of their qualifications, age or background. If you do not succeed, you can apply again. The only threshold is that you must be a UK resident citizen aged 18 or over. 

You can register here for email alerts about the next application round, which will run from 16 May to 17 September 2019.


The application process

You can only apply once in a year. The process is:

  1. Application: the first stage is to complete our simple application form, online. This is your chance to tell us about your project and yourself. The form is available and must be submitted in May-September.
  2. Shortlisting: if you are shortlisted, you will be asked to complete our more in-depth Shortlist Form, online, in November. This requests more detail about your project, an outline budget and two references. In January you will be interviewed by a panel of people from that field, for about 20 minutes.
  3. Results: successful candidates will be informed in February. You will then be invited to attend one of our New Fellows' Seminars in London, where you can meet our team and learn how to set up your trip and plan your project. You can travel from April onwards.

There is additional guidance on our FAQs page.

We receive more applications than we can fund. If you are unsuccessful, you can apply again in another year. You can only be awarded a Fellowship once.

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