"The Fellowship was a pivotal point in my career." - Ceramicist Lorraine Rutt, Fellow
For over 50 years we have been finding and helping some of the UK’s most inspiring people to pursue the causes they care about most – topics central to the quality and progress of their communities and professions. They might be a policewoman keen to reduce stress in her force, a teacher eager to promote woodworking in primary school, a musician using carnival for community cohesion or a botanist exploring tropical plant selection. The range of topics is as varied as the Fellows themselves, who come from every walk of life and represent every aspect of society.
Application is open to any UK citizen who can present a compelling idea that could improve our national life and would benefit from being researched abroad. The only threshold for applicants is that they must be a UK resident citizen aged 18 or older. And the only criteria for success are the power of their idea and the potential of their commitment to make a real impact when they return.
We particularly encourage applicants who would not receive funding through other routes. We pride ourselves on recognising individual talent, wherever it comes from, and responding to the vision of Fellows from every sector and community.
Today there are 3,500 active Fellows across the UK, tackling a vast range of current issues. They are knowledge leaders, change makers, entrepreneurs of ideas: dynamic people devoted to the public good.