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Special Commonwealth Fellowship scheme launched for Church education administrators

Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:44 AM
Related Categories: ACO, Anglican Alliance

Anglican education administrators from Commonwealth countries have a chance to apply for a professional fellowship scheme – but applications are needed  before Friday September 16th.

The scheme has been devised by the Anglican Alliance, and accepted by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for nominations – it is now live on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

The Anglican Alliance scheme provides for four people who are Commonwealth citizens and have five years experience of running Anglican education services in a diocesan or provincial office, or other education authority in a Commonwealth country. They would be funded to come to the UK for eight weeks to look at different aspects of education including:

  • Provision of education by dioceses close to London
  • Provision of education by local education authorities
  • Early years and special education
  • Science and sports curriculum development
  • A week with academics at Nottingham University looking at education leadership and faith-based education.

The scheme is part of the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship programme which provides mid-career training opportunities for professionals from developing Commonwealth countries. Funding covers travel costs to the UK and provides a stipend to cover accommodation. Costs of short courses which form part of the scheme are also covered.

Applications must be made on-line. Below is the link to the website:

http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/eas/applicants/professional-fellowships/

People wishing to make an application should follow this link, and scroll down the page to the link to Access the EAS and then follow the instructions. In case of any difficulties please email: sally.keeble@aco.org or anglicanalliance@aco.org .

Applicants selected, along with the scheme, will be submitted to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for approval on September 22nd for the scheme to start in January 2012.

Sally Keeble, Anglican Alliance Director said: "This provides a valuable opportunity for people providing education services in Commonwealth countries to look at different areas of education. The lessons learned from this will be documented so they can be shared across the Communion. The support of diocesan education services in England have been important in putting this together. It's a short window of opportunity to make this bid - but it's a good chance for mid-career training for people who provide services that are key to development."