2019 John Smith Trust Central Asia Fellowship Programme

Deadline: June 2, 2019.

Applications for our Central Asia Programme 2019 are now open. To apply you must be a citizen of one of the following countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan.

The Fellowship Programmes inspire and equip the next generation of leaders to make a positive contribution to their societies. The Programme provides the opportunity to explore issues of governance, social justice and the rule of law through an intensive four-week series of workshops, discussions, debates, visits and meetings in the UK.

Their Programmes connect a network of over 500 Fellows  across the region who continue to exchange ideas and collaborate with each other. 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/region.
  • Demonstrate a clear professional interest in the areas of good governance, rule of law and/or social justice and a general interest in all three.
  • Propose an Action Plan idea addressing a policy problem or question 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 participate actively in an initial four-week residential programme in the UK and maintain contact with the JST Alumni Network in the long-term.

John Smith Fellows can come from any field, particularly politics, public administration, the media, civil society, law, and business – if a clear link is made to JST themes. The age band of Fellows is normally 25 to 35 years.



1. The Fellowship is a unique career enhancing and potentially life changing opportunity.

2. As part of the JST Fellowship Programme, you will learn about the UK’s experiences (good and bad) of how a mature democracy deals with social justice and the rule of law in both theoretical and practical terms.

3. The Programme provides a supportive and challenging environment in which to develop knowledge, ideas and leadership skills, and creates important networks and relationships.

4. You will have the chance to make lifelong friendships and invaluable professional contacts.

5. 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.




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