The Association of Commonwealth Universities: ACU Titular Fellowships
The Titular Fellowships, funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities' Development Fellowships Fund, aim to enable the universities of the Commonwealth to develop the human resources of their institutions and countries through the interchange of people, knowledge, skills and technologies.
The Titular Fellowships are offered each year in subject areas or fields of activity in which the needs of developing countries are particularly great. Fellows can come from inside or outside the university sector. The ACU wishes especially to encourage the movement of staff in both directions between industry/commerce/public service and the universities with a view to forging reciprocally beneficial links.
The programme has been devised for people of proven quality at a crucial stage of their career. It is not an immediately post-doctoral or degree-earning scheme; nor will Fellowships be offered simply for the pursuit of personal research. The ACU is especially keen to receive applications from women candidates; and for programmes intended to enhance the status and role of women in its member universities.
Agriculture, Forestry, Food Sciences, Biotechnology, International Development, Earth Sciences, Marine Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Information Technology, Management, Professional Education, Social Development, Cultural Development, University development, University Magement
June of each year.
Amount of the award
Up to GBP 5,000 according to the actual programme, and intended to cover:
international return airfare at the lowest available economy class rate and by the most direct route;
ground travel to home airport and from airport abroad to final destination;
local travel abroad; and
board and lodging fees (where the approved programme includes a formal training programme).
Eligibility - nationality
Except where specific institutions or countries of tenure are stipulated, Titular Fellowships are tenable:
- in any Commonwealth country (other than the in which the applicant works);
- for a maximum of six months;
- at either a university in ACU membership or in industry, commerce or public service.
Those working in universities may hold a Fellowship in either another ACU member university abroad or in industry, commerce or public service abroad; but those working in industry, commerce or public service can hold a Fellowship only at an ACU member university abroad.
Titular Fellowships are open to the academic and administrative staff, or the nominees, of universities in ACU membership. A full list of ACU member universities can be found at www.acu.ac.uk/membership/acu-members/
- be on the staff of, or a nominee of, a university in membership of ACU (external nominees should be working in industry, commerce or public service in a Commonwealth country);
- be of proven high ability; and
- submit an acceptable programme of work outlining its purposes and scope and the benefits which it is expected to bring to the country, the university and the individual.
Please note that only applications received from institutions in full ACU membership will be considered eligible. Applications from institutions in arrears with subscription payments at the time of the selection meeting will not be considered.
Fellowships are not intended for degree courses, or for immediately postdoctoral programmes; they cannot be held in the country in which the applicant currently works and they cannot be held concurrently with other awards except with the special permission of the ACU. The ACU cannot arrange Fellows’ attachments, travel or accommodation, nor can it work out itineraries for them.
Applicants should be aware that Titular Fellowships allow for small scale conference attendance within a study programme but that applications will NOT be considered for study programmes where the primary or sole purpose is the attendance of the applicant at a major international conference.