Clore Leadership Programme
Clore Leadership Programme



Frequently Asked Questions


This section should hopefully provide the answers to some of the questions you may have, but if you have any other queries do get in touch with us.

UK Fellowships


The Fellowship Programme aims to be as flexible as possible and each Fellowship is tailored to the individual. We want to encourage applications from all corners of society and would be happy to chat with you about any access needs you may have.


Application to the Fellowship Programme is usually through an online form.  If you require any support to enable you to apply please contact us.

What should I expect in the interview?

If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview at Somerset House in central london. Each candidate will be interviewed by a panel of between 3 and 6 cultural leaders, including the Director and Fellowship Manager of the CLP. 

If you have any concerns about your ability to participate fully in the interview please do let us know.  We will be happy to discuss ways in which we may be able to support you.

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability, whose application meets the minimum criteria for the Fellowships and who demonstrates the attributes we look for in potential leaders.

If you would like to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme please tick the relevant box within the application form. We will contact you at a later date to discuss your access needs. 

Can I do the Fellowship Programme if I'm disabled?

Yes. We will discuss your needs with you, and do everything we can to ensure you can participate fully in the Programme. 

Disabled people are currently underrepresented in leadership roles in the cultural sector in the UK. We welcome and would like to encourage disabled candidates to apply for our Fellowships.

What do we mean by disability?
The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. 

Can I do the Programme if I have caring responsibilities?

Yes, in most cases. We will try to be flexible in planning your programme with you. At the beginning of your programme you will meet with the Director and Fellowship Manager and we will discuss the content of the programme and all the practical arrangements.  There will also be regular opportunities for you to discuss your circumstances.

I have young children and I may have difficulty attending two residential courses spread over two weeks each. Does this preclude me from having a Fellowship?

No. We understand the difficulty that Fellows with young children may have in taking part in our programme, and we want to do everything we can to enable them to do so. Much of the programme can be done close to your home, and it may be possible to do the secondment part-time. The main problem does lie with the residential courses, which we have found to be a very effective way of developing leaders and an essential part of the Programme. If you are selected as a Fellow, we will discuss with you in detail any concerns you may have. 

Remaining in Employment/Education

Please note: a Fellowship cannot be combined with full-time employment or education.

Can I combine the Programme with part-time employment or education?

Whilst it's not impossible for you to continue with some other commitments, you should bear in mind that the Programme is very intensive and you will need to be as flexible as possible to gain the most from the Fellowship. If offered a UK Fellowship you will be expected to dedicate about 7 months to your leadership development.

If I want to remain in employment, how much time will I need to take away from work?

Most Fellows will complete their programme within a concentrated seven-month period, between January and July 2018. In addition, you will attend a residential course in Kent between 26 September and 7 October 2017, which will introduce you to the programme and the other Fellows. If you wish to remain in employment, you'll need to be released from work for periods of time, adding up to about 7 months in total. This will include a three-month placement with another organisation, two residential leadership courses (each spread over two weeks) and other learning opportunities.

My organisation is relatively small, and losing me for seven  months would be very difficult for them. Can you help?

Many of our Fellows work for small organisations and find numerous ways in which to tailor the Fellowship to suit their circumstances. The two residential courses (each lasting two weeks), the placement (a minimum of three months), workshops (for four or five days), and some study visits are mandatory; however, the individual elements of your programme such as attendance at conferences and external courses could be spaced over the period of your Fellowship.

I work freelance and am concerned that I may lose touch with my clients during the Fellowship.

Many Fellows manage to maintain their freelance relationships whilst undertaking the Fellowship. If successful we would discuss options with you.  From experience, Fellows who are structured in their approach manage to balance the two very successfully, for instance: some find it useful to set aside one day a week to devote to their practice; arrange a regular meeting; or set aside a few days each month.  

The Fellowship is a considerable investment in each individual and so you will be expected to make it a priority. 

I intend to leave my current place of employment shortly after the application deadline; should I apply as an employee or freelancer?

Your application should reflect your current situation at the time of applying. Therefore, you should apply in the normal way with a supporting nomination from your employer. You should include details of any foreseeable changes in your circumstances in your application.  

Information for Employers

As an employer, what are the benefits to my organisation?

If your employee is offered a funded Fellowship the CLP will invest the equivalent of around £40k in their development as a cultural leader, with support from our funders.

The benefits to employers include a refreshed, more skilled and more confident member of staff, with enhanced knowledge and networks which can help strengthen the organisation. 

As an employer of a potential UK Fellow, what are the financial implications for my organisation?

Employers of funded UK Fellows who are not supported by a Consortium-supported or Dance Fellowship, will be eligible to claim up to £15,000 as a contribution for the periods when the Fellow is away from work focusing on their Fellowship, on the condition that they provide evidence that they will continue to pay the Fellow's salary and benefits throughout the Fellowship. In addition, all Fellows receive funding for their individual learning programme, which includes mentoring, coaching, participation in group workshops and a tuition budget to cover secondment expenses, course fees and study visits.

Some Fellowships are supported by a consortium of cultural organisations.  In this instance the employer will cover the costs of the Fellows' agreed salary, employer's National Insurance, any agreed pension contribution and other current benefits and entitlements throughout the course of the Fellowship and any back-fill within the organisation.

Will it be possible for more than one employee from a single organisation to be chosen as a Fellow?



Other General Questions

When will the application process open?

Applications for 2017/18 Fellowships are now closed. 

Applicants will hear in mid March 2017 whether they have been shortlisted for interview.

Interviews will be held at Somerset House in London between April and May 2017. 

Can I apply for more than one Fellowship? 

Yes, provided you meet the criteria and complete the relevant section of the application form for each type of Fellowship. Applying for one or more Fellowship will not affect your chances of being considered for a particular Fellowship.

Am I eligible to apply?

Eligibility criteria can be found here. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and there is no upper age limit. 

Although I have experience of leadership at a high level, my paid work experience to date has been outside the cultural sector.  I am an active voluntary member of the board of my local dance company and local Museum.  Would I be eligible to apply? 

Yes. We offer Fellowships to exceptional individuals who have:

  • Either worked in the cultural sector; or volunteered in the cultural sector at a significant level, for instance as Chair of a Board of Trustees of a cultural organisation, and can bring relevant skills and experiences from another sector
  • Worked for no less than a total of five years (although not necessarily consecutive years)
  • Experience or first-hand knowledge of leadership in action, initiating and leading projects and people
  • Demonstrated a commitment to, passion for and understanding of the cultural sector

I live outside the EU, can I apply for a Fellowship?

Anyone from the EU is eligible to apply, provided they meet the essential criteria and specific conditions of the Fellowship for which they are applying.  However, our charitable objective is to develop cultural leaders within the UK.

If you are not eligible for a funded Fellowship or Scholarship, you may choose to apply for a Self-funded Fellowship by ticking the appropriate box in the application form.  If you are successful and are offered a place, you would need to have funds available to cover the full costs of your participation in the Programme. If successful, we would contact you to discuss the options in more detail. Self-funded Fellowships (as with all other Fellowships) are assessed on merit and not on your ability to pay.

What is the difference between a UK Fellowship and an International Fellowship? 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, through the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, offer a number of Scholarships to undertake an International Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme. Further details can be found in the International Fellowships section.

International Fellows are drawn from targeted countries outside the EU and undertake the Fellowship in a more concentrated period than the UK Fellows.  Their programme includes the two residential courses alongside the UK Fellows, study visits, individually selected training  and a slightly shorter placement (for around eight weeks). They usually spend between two and four weeks in the UK during September/October and return for three or four months, between March and July the following year. 

What is a Consortium-supported Fellowship? 

Consortium-supported Fellowships are available to employees of the consortia member organisations only. Application is by nomination by the participating organisations and further information will be available from the relevant HR departments.

Eligible candidates should complete the normal application form and indicate the name of the Consortium-supported Fellowship for which they are applying. Employees of the participating organisations are also welcome to apply for the  Open and relevant Specialist Fellowship/s.  

As with all candidates for the Fellowship programme, applicants must be able to demonstrate ambition and proven achievement in their professional life, and meet most or all of the attributes listed in the Programme section of the website.

I thought the Fellowship included academic research...

Fellows based in the EU and Hong Kong, may be given the opportunity to put forward a proposal for a three-month research project, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. If your proposal is successful, you will undertake the research once you have completed the rest of your Fellowship usually beginning in September 2018 and submit it no later than March 2019.

What sort of people have been awarded Fellowships in previous years? 

You can read brief biographical details of each year's Fellows here

I have applied for a Fellowship in the past, will that count against me? 

No, each application is assessed on its own merits.

Why can't I access the online application form? 

If you are having trouble accessing the online application form from the Applying for a Clore Fellowship page, do get in touch with us by emailing 


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