The CSC’s Mentoring Programme connects Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni to support knowledge, skills, development, and a practical understanding of how these can be implemented post-scholarship to achieve development impact.

The CSC aims to pair current Scholars with a Commonwealth Alumnus working in a related or relevant field to their studies to provide individual advice and guidance during their studies.

Why take part?

As a Mentee, new Commonwealth Scholars will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of how the skills gained during their Commonwealth Scholarship can be implemented to support development impact in their home country, drawing on their Mentor’s experiences and expertise. Mentees can also seek support in adjusting to living and studying in the UK and guidance on applying their skills and knowledge in the workplace, or in finding new, relevant employment opportunities.

Mentors will have the opportunity to work with and support a new Scholar in developing the appropriate skills and knowledge to achieve development impact and provide advice on how these skills can be applied in their home country or home country region. The programme also provides an opportunity for Mentors to develop their mentoring skills and share their research and knowledge within the CSC community.

Following a successful application, Mentors and Mentees will be hand-paired based on their application responses for a one-year cycle, which runs from December 2021 until December 2022.

How to apply

All eligible Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni will receive full information about the programme and how to apply in September 2021.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST) on Sunday 26 September 2021.

If you have any questions about the CSC Mentoring Programme, or how to apply, please contact for more information.