Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Fellowships Worldwide in 2021

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) invites applications for her 2021 Fellowships open to the academic and professional staff, or the nominees, of ACU member universities.

ACU Fellowships facilitate collaboration at a distance and the creation of valuable new partnerships between member universities in different countries. From climate action to engineering, it has a wide variety of fellowships available in 2021 across different fields for ACU member university staff. This funding is intended for virtual collaboration only and will not fund physical travel.​

Applicants are advised to apply for only one of these fellowships:

  • Accountancy Fellowship (Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
  • Agriculture, Forestry & Food Science Fellowship (George Weston Limited)
  • Canada Fellowships – (Gordon and Jean Southam)
  • Engineering (Wighton) Fellowship
  • Hong Kong Jockey Club Fellowships – inward and outside
  • Information Technology and Computer Science Fellowship (Jacky McAleer Memorial)
  • Swansea Fulton Climate Action Fellowships

Worth of Award

The maximum value of each fellowship is GBP 5,000.


  • The fellowships are primarily intended for the academic and professional staff of ACU member universities.
  • In some circumstances, they can be used for collaboration between universities and the private sector.
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Fellowships which do not have a specific subject attached are tenable in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Health and related social sciences
  • Information technology and management
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects
  • Sustainable development
  • University development and management

How to Apply

Applicants must first identify and approach a collaborator at an ACU member university in a country other than the one where the applicant is employed.

As part of the application form, applicants must:

  • Summarise the work they plan to carry out during the fellowship, and how the collaboration will benefit the project. Explain why they have chosen to collaborate with their particular partner institution for the project rather than any other.
  • Describe the likely impact of the fellowship work.
  • Explain how they expect the fellowship to benefit their own professional development.
  • List the planned outputs of the fellowship.
  • Submit a time plan of the work, which must cover a minimum of six months between September 2021 and August 2022.
  • List the costs associated with the fellowship. These can include staff time, consumables, internet access and data, equipment, research data management, impact and engagement, and open access.
  • Submit a letter or email of support from their head of department at their home institution.
  • Submit a letter or email of support from the collaborator at their partner institution.
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Deadline: Applications open on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, and close on Tuesday, June 8, at 15:00 UTC.


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