The Associate Fellowship of the Royal Commonwealth Society offers people from across the Commonwealth the opportunity to become part of an ever-growing network, offering opportunities, resources and a platform for discussion.
The Associate Fellows Forum is an interactive space where Associate Fellows of the Royal Commonwealth Society can come together to engage with, learn from, and support one another. This network is a valuable resource not just for the individuals involved, but also for the Commonwealth.
Associate Fellowship is granted to those who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to promoting the values of the Commonwealth and working to improve the lives of Commonwealth citizens.
The Associate Fellows are active on the forum, discussing a wide range of topics about which they feel strongly. They have taken part in several events to date, from the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey to panel discussions, from local events in their countries to the Patron’s Lunch on The Mall in London. Together they have come up with exciting new ideas and their enthusiasm to make the Commonwealth relevant to young people is boundless.
In November 2014, the Council of the Royal Commonwealth Society elected to re-introduce a fellowship scheme. Historically, the Society, under Royal Charter provisions, had the right to award fellowships. Following a period of disuse, it has been reinstated with the hope that a revitalised scheme will have contemporary value and resonance. The first group of fellows to be created is Associate Fellows.
It is intended that the fellowship will present its members with a chance to engage directly with the future of the Commonwealth. Through being part of the Fellowship network, these remarkable young people will be able to share their skills, knowledge and experiences, becoming a unique resource for each other and for promoting the value and values of the Commonwealth.
To date the Associate Fellows represent 50 of the 52 Commonwealth nations. The first two cohorts, aged between 18 and 29, were entrants for the 2015 and 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Award programme. The judges were highly impressed by the dynamic and inspiring work these young people had been carrying out in their communities. In recognition of their activities, they were granted the distinction of Associate Fellow.
RCS Branches can now nominate notable people for an Associate Fellowship. Applications have now closed and will open again later this year.