Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which Commonwealth governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries.
The plan was originally proposed by Canadian statesman Sidney Earle Smith in a speech in Montreal on 1 September 1958 and was established in 1959, at the first Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) held in Oxford, Great Britain. Since then, over 25,000 individuals have held awards, hosted by over twenty countries. The CSFP is one of the primary mechanisms of pan-Commonwealth exchange.
There is no central body which manages the CSFP. Instead, participation is based on a series of bi-lateral arrangements between home and host countries. The participation of each country is organised by a national nominating agency, which is responsible for advertising awards applicable to their own country and making nominations to host countries.
In the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is the biggest contributor to the Plan, this process is managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in Britain, a non-departmental public body, and funded by the Department for International Development. Since 2008, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office no longer contributes financially to the plan and the number and type of scholarships available for students from more developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, New Zealand, and Singapore) to study in Britain has been reduced.. Other countries, such as Australia, no longer offer scholarships as part of the CSFP.
New reforms were developed to strategically align scholarships with mutual interests for business and innovation between Commonwealth nations. During the state visit of President Tony Tan to the UK in October 2014, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II announced that the Royal Commonwealth Society of Singapore would be re-established to promote the Commonwealth and to provide new Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships in Innovation for Singaporeans. The first Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship for Innovation were presented in August 2017 to Joshua Cheong and Dr Khoo Hsien Hui by the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid.
Notable past Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows include
- Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of St. Lucia
- George Brandis QC, 36th Attorney-General of Australia
- Ross Cranston, Member of Parliament for Dudley North, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Bill English, Prime Minister of New Zealand
- Babalola Borishade, Former Minister of Education, Aviation Nigeria
- John Alexander Forrest, Member for Mallee, Australia
- Leslie Gunawardana, Former Minister of Science, Sri Lanka
- Hala Hameed, Maldivian Minister of State
- Juma Athuman Kapuya, Minister of Labour, Employment and Youth Development
- Kalombo Mwansa, Home Affairs Minister of Zambia
- Satendra Nandan, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Fiji
- Rolph Payet, Seychellois Cabinet Minister
- Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
- Carlos Simons, Member, Interim Advisory Council, Turks and Caicos Islands
- Abdullah Tarmugi, Singaporean politician and MP
- Michael Tate, Minister for Justice, Australia
- Shirani Bandaranayake, 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
- Patrick Keane, Judge of the High Court of Australia
- Ross Cranston, Former Solicitor General of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- George W. Kanyeihamba, Judge of the Supreme Court of Uganda
- Professor Vijender Kumar, Professor of Family Law, NALSAR University of Law
- Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
- Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England
- Michael Omolewa, Permanent Delegate and Ambassador to UNESCO, Nigeria
- Carolyn McMaster, Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to New Zealand
- Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen, Director General of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
- B. K. Misra, Neurosurgeon
- U. R. Ananthamurthy, Professor and writer, University of Mysore, Karnataka
- Gunapala Amarasinghe, Professor of Ayurvedic Pediatrics, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo
- Anisuzzaman, Emeritus Professor of Bengali, University of Dhaka
- Richard Alexander Arnold, Professor of English, Alfaisal University in Riyadh
- Ishbel Campbell, British chemist researcher and lecturer. Held one of the first Commonwealth fellowships awarded to a woman.
- Robert M. Carter, Director of Australia's Secretariat for the Ocean Drilling Program
- Warrick Couch, astronomer, Director of the Australian Astronomical Observatory and President of the Australian Institute of Physics.
- John Gallas, poet and educator
- Professor Alan Robertson Gemmell Professor of Biology at Keele University (1950-1977)
- Germaine Greer, Australian feminist author; former professor of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick
- Robert Gavin Hampson, Professor of English, Royal Holloway, University of London.
- Charles Jago, President of the University of Northern British Columbia
- Karuppannan Jaishankar, Professor of Criminology, Raksha Shakti University, India
- Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal, poet, songwriter & professor at University of Dhaka
- Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen's University at Kingston
- Nissim Mannathukkaren, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University Department of International Development Studies
- Angus McIntosh, Forbes Professor of English Language and General Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
- Lynette Mitchell, Professor in Greek History and Politics, University of Exeter
- Bridget Ogilvie, Director of the Wellcome Trust
- Pratapaditya Pal, Curator-Emeritus and formerly, Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Peng Tsu Ann, Professor of Mathematics, National University of Singapore
- Raja Ramanna, chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India
- B. N. Suresh, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre
- Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh, Professor of Art, Baroda University
- Lalji Singh, Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad
- Sheung-Wai Tam, President Emeritus of The Open University of Hong Kong
- Stephen Toope, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia
- Sunil Kumar Verma, Principal Scientist, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, India
- Jeremy Waldron, Professor of law and philosophy, New York University School of Law
- Alexandra Walsham, Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge
- Fiona Williams, Professor of Social Policy, University of Leeds
- Kamta Prasad, former professor of economics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
- Najma Akhtar, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
- Edward Greenspon, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail, Canada
- Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist
- Chandan Mitra, Editor and managing director of The Pioneer, New Delhi
- Walter Learning, Founder of Theatre New Brunswick
- Shyamaprasad, Leading Indian (Malayalam) film Director, President, Amrita Television
- Kirthi Jayakumar, Gender and Peace activist, Founder of The Red Elephant Foundation
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