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Commonwealth Professional Fellowships



The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious international scholarship schemes in the world. Since it was established in 1959, 35,000 individuals have held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship – 27,000 of them were funded by the UK government, through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).


The CSC awards around 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year. The CSC’s Secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, based in London; overseas services are provided by the British Council.


For information about the other scholarships and fellowships offered by the CSC, visit For information about Commonwealth Scholarships offered by other Commonwealth countries, visit


Commonwealth Professional Fellowships at HSPR, IoPPN


Purpose: These fellowships will support mid-career professionals with an interest in data management, data science and statistics, working in the mental health sector in India and Nigeria, to complete a two month placement at the IoPPN for a programme of professional development. The goal of the placement is to enhance their professional skills in acquiring, validating, storing, protecting, and processing data to support evidence-based decision-making in their workplaces.


Intended beneficiaries: Mid-career professionals (with five years’ relevant work experience) working in the mental health sector in India and Nigeria.


Eligibility: Fellowships are open to candidates from India or Nigeria. Potential fellows should have a Master's degree in a relevant subject and at least five years of work experience in the mental health sector including some data management or data analysis experience. Candidates may not have undertaken a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship within the last five years (at the time of application) and must be in employment that they will return to upon completion of the fellowship. Applications will not be considered from candidates who are undertaking a course of full-time study at the time of application. Candidates who have previously taken a leave of absence to study or work abroad in a high income country should make an additional case for why they should be considered for a fellowship in the UK and make clear what they have gained from their previous experience. Candidates must be available to start their fellowship within the prescribed dates as stated on the CSC website. More information can be found here:


Placement activities: Fellows will spend 2 months based at the IoPPN where they will be supervised by a data management specialist and have the opportunity to work on at least two different (anonymised) large mental health datasets. During the placement fellows will undertake training in data protection, storage, and management, and will be assigned an applied data management task to undertake under the supervision of their mentor. They will also complete a 10 day training course in statistics skills and data analysis, and carry out a second data management task, culminating in a presentation to department staff. Fellows will be assigned a named mentor who will provide

supervision and support throughout the placement, and their exact programme of activities will be agreed based on their individual strengths and interests.


Dates: 17th February 2020 – 17th April 2020.


Support provided: Each fellowship provides the following:


  • Approved return airfare from the Fellow’s home country to the UK.
  • Stipend (living allowance) payable monthly (or pro rata) for the duration of the award at the rate of £2,104 per month.
  • Arrival allowance of £953.45 and reimbursement of the standard visa application fee.
  • Course fees to cover training at the IoPPN.
  • Additional support is available to candidates with a disability: see the CSC disability support statement at


How to apply: Applications for Fellows will open on Friday 23rd August 2019 and close on Friday 20th September at 4pm (BST). The deadline for references is Monday 30th September 2019 at 4pm BST. Applications must be made through the CSC website at At least two references must be submitted for each Fellow, one of which must be from their current employer. Any applications for which references are not received by the reference closing date will be considered ineligible.


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