2023 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Fellowships
You can now apply for the 2023 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Fellowships. These fellowships are specifically open to academics and professional services staff from ACU member universities. To be eligible, you should hold a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your career and broaden your horizons through the ACU Fellowships 2023.
ACU Fellowships offer a fantastic opportunity for academics and professional services staff from ACU member universities. With grants of up to 5,000 GBP, recipients can embark on a research visit to another ACU university in a different country for a period of up to 6 months. This initiative aims to encourage collaboration and nurture strong connections between ACU universities throughout the Commonwealth. It’s an exciting chance to explore new ideas, expand knowledge, and foster meaningful partnerships across borders.
In the 2023/2024 cycle, several fellowship opportunities are available through the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Here’s a summary of the categories and their respective supporters:
- Accountancy Fellowship: Backed by The Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
- Agriculture, Forestry, and Food Science Fellowship: Supported by George Weston Limited.
- Canada Fellowship (Outgoing): Generously funded by Gordon and Jean Southam, providing an opportunity for a staff member from a Canadian ACU member university to collaborate with an ACU member university outside of Canada.
- Canada Fellowship (Incoming): The Gordon and Jean Southam Legacy Fund support a staff member from an ACU member university outside Canada to collaborate with a Canadian ACU member university.
- Coventry University Fellowships: Specifically for academics from African and Asian ACU member universities to visit Coventry University’s Centre for Computational Science and Mathematical Modelling, with support from Coventry University.
- Wighton Engineering Fellowship: Open to applicants from low and middle-income countries.
- Hong Kong Jockey Club Fellowship (Outgoing): A grant offered to a staff member from an ACU member university in Hong Kong to collaborate with a university outside of Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong Jockey Club Fellowship (Incoming): A grant available for a staff member from an ACU member institution outside of Hong Kong to collaborate with a university in Hong Kong.
- Information Technology and Computer Science Fellowship: Supported by the Jacky McAleer Memorial.
These fellowships provide unique opportunities for collaboration, research, and professional development within specific fields and regions.
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) was established in 1913 and has since played a significant role in promoting and advancing higher education across the Commonwealth nations. Originally known as the “Association of Universities of the British Empire,” it was formed to foster collaboration and facilitate exchanges between universities within the British Empire. Over the years, the organization expanded its membership beyond the British Empire to include universities from diverse countries and regions. Today, the ACU represents over 500 member institutions in more than 50 Commonwealth countries, encompassing various academic disciplines. The ACU aims to promote and strengthen the values of higher education, including the pursuit of knowledge, academic freedom, and collaboration. It serves as a platform for universities to exchange ideas, share best practices, and engage in cooperative projects that address common challenges in education, research, and innovation.
Requirements and eligibility criteria for 2023 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Fellowships:
- Applicants with a Ph.D. or higher from a university that is an ACU member and professional services staff from those institutions.
- Applicants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. Some fellowships may also be open to individuals who are residents of a Commonwealth country.
- Applicants should possess a relevant academic degree or qualifications that are suitable for the fellowship program they are applying for. This may include a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree depending on the specific fellowship.
- Depending on the fellowship, applicants may be required to have a certain level of professional experience in their field of study or work
- Applicants may need to secure a letter of support or recommendation from a relevant academic supervisor, employer, or professional contact who can determine their suitability for the fellowship.
Application Procedure for 2023 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Fellowships (How to apply);
An interested applicant who wants to apply for the 2023 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Fellowships, must fill out the application form which requires the following:
- Summarise the work you plan to carry out during the Fellowship, and how the collaboration will benefit the project. Explain why you have chosen to collaborate with your partner institution for the project rather than any other.
- Describe the projected impact of the Fellowship work.
- Explain how you expect the Fellowship to benefit your own professional development.
- List the planned outputs of the Fellowship.
- Submit a time plan for the work, which must cover a minimum of six months between September 2023 and August 2024.
- List the costs associated with the Fellowship. These include staff time, consumables, internet access and data, equipment, research data management, travel costs, impact and engagement, and open access.
- Submit a letter or email of support from your head of department at your home institution.
- Submit a letter or email of support from the collaborator at your partner institution.
Application Deadline: 29 May 2023.
For more information visit the official website