The interview

The interview

Introduction

If your application is shortlisted, you will be contacted by us and asked to complete a more detailed proposal form. You will also be invited to attend a 20-minute interview with our selection panel.

Interview dates

Interviews for 2023 Fellowships will take place on the dates below, depending on your theme. These dates are not changeable, because they are with teams of panellists who can’t be rearranged. So please reserve them in your diaries:

  • Arts and communities: Wednesday 10 May.
  • Caring for our natural environment: Wednesday 17 May.
  • Children and young people with experience of care: Wednesday 26 April.
  • Climate change: Tuesday 16 May.
  • Education in schools: Tuesday 25 April 2023 or Wednesday 26 April.
  • Palliative and end of life care: Tuesday 2 May.
  • Physical activity for healthier lives: Tuesday 2 May.
  • Resilient economies and communities: Thursday 18 May.
  • Rural communities: Thursday 4 May.
  • Suicide prevention, intervention and postvention: Thursday 27 April.
  • Tech for all: Wednesday 3 May.
  • Open theme: Tuesday 9 May, Wednesday 10 May or Thursday 11 May.

The interview can take place in our office in London or on Zoom. Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be asked to let us know their preference. The panellists will be in our office together.

Interview format

The interview panel will comprise up to three experts in your theme drawn from our Advisory Council, Trustee board, partner organisations and Fellows. Our Chief Executive or Fellowship Director will also be present.

The interview will begin with you spending up to three minutes explaining your project and highlighting any changes since you completed your written application[SH3] . We do not expect a formal presentation and candidates are not allowed to bring in slides, demonstration objects or handouts. We just want you to talk us through it. Then the panel will ask questions and you are welcome to ask any questions about the Fellowship.

Questions from the panel will be specific to your application and often include queries such as:

  • What difference do you hope to make to your community and to the UK?
  • How will you use the Fellowship to bring wider benefits to your community or profession?
  • How will you share your findings to benefit others?
  • Why do you need to research overseas to do this?
  • What additional benefits or experience will this give you that you could not gain in the UK?
  • Why have you chosen these countries and continents?
  • How will this help your personal development?
  • Where do you want to be in five years’ time and how will this help you?
  • Why should we choose you?
  • Please talk through your proposed budget.

At the end of the interview the Chief Executive or the Fellowship Director might ask questions to clarify your budget. This is to help with setting your grant if you are awarded a Fellowship.

We strive to ensure that all applicants are able to participate in our selection process. Applicants are asked in their application form to let us know if they require any adjustments at interview to enable them to do so.

Interview dates

Interviews for 2023 Fellowships will take place on the dates below, depending on your theme. These dates are not changeable, because they are with teams of panellists who can’t be rearranged. So please reserve them in your diaries:

  • Arts and communities: Wednesday 10 May.
  • Caring for our natural environment: Wednesday 17 May.
  • Children and young people with experience of care: Wednesday 26 April.
  • Climate change: Tuesday 16 May.
  • Education in schools: Tuesday 25 April 2023 or Wednesday 26 April.
  • Palliative and end of life care: Tuesday 2 May.
  • Physical activity for healthier lives: Tuesday 2 May.
  • Resilient economies and communities: Thursday 18 May.
  • Rural communities: Thursday 4 May.
  • Suicide prevention, intervention and postvention: Thursday 27 April.
  • Tech for all: Wednesday 3 May.
  • Open theme: Tuesday 9 May, Wednesday 10 May or Thursday 11 May.

The interview can take place in our office in London or on Zoom. Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be asked to let us know their preference. The panellists will be in our office together.

Interview format

The interview panel will comprise up to three experts in your theme drawn from our Advisory Council, Trustee board, partner organisations and Fellows. Our Chief Executive or Fellowship Director will also be present.

The interview will begin with you spending up to three minutes explaining your project and highlighting any changes since you completed your written application[SH3] . We do not expect a formal presentation and candidates are not allowed to bring in slides, demonstration objects or handouts. We just want you to talk us through it. Then the panel will ask questions and you are welcome to ask any questions about the Fellowship.

Questions from the panel will be specific to your application and often include queries such as:

  • What difference do you hope to make to your community and to the UK?
  • How will you use the Fellowship to bring wider benefits to your community or profession?
  • How will you share your findings to benefit others?
  • Why do you need to research overseas to do this?
  • What additional benefits or experience will this give you that you could not gain in the UK?
  • Why have you chosen these countries and continents?
  • How will this help your personal development?
  • Where do you want to be in five years’ time and how will this help you?
  • Why should we choose you?
  • Please talk through your proposed budget.

At the end of the interview the Chief Executive or the Fellowship Director might ask questions to clarify your budget. This is to help with setting your grant if you are awarded a Fellowship.

We strive to ensure that all applicants are able to participate in our selection process. Applicants are asked in their application form to let us know if they require any adjustments at interview to enable them to do so.