About Arkleton Trust Fellowships

The Arkleton Trust Fellowships are open for applications in 2015.  Please read the details below. 

Arkleton Trust Fellowship Applications


The Arkleton Trust has a long history of supporting national and international approaches to rural development policy and practice and encouraging the sharing of experience and knowledge gained, with particular emphasis on assisting and promoting rural development in the poorer and developing countries around the world.  It has done this through a range of mechanisms, including publications, seminars, study tours and fellowships.

Over the years, it has found that one of the most effective ways of transferring knowledge and expertise has been through study tours and exchanges between countries by groups and individuals.  These often involve or are facilitated by governments, NGOs, universities and other establishments, but may also include less formal arrangements.

The Arkleton Trust has, therefore, decided to focus its funding in the future to support study tours, visits and exchanges which help facilitate valuable knowledge exchanges.

Outline proposal

In order to support such initiatives, the Trust believes that, initially, its support might best be aimed at enabling organisations to develop ideas and proposals for study tours and exchanges (i.e. a predevelopment stage), although it would not rule out funding for visits, where these have already been developed.  In particular, the Trust wishes to facilitate learning and rural development in the developing world, particularly Africa, and will, therefore, give priority to applications that seek to address this priority.

Whilst the Trust would welcome the involvement of universities and governments in proposed visits, it is not intended that support would be made available simply for intergovernmental or inter-university exchanges.  Any proposals would need to demonstrate how rural development practitioners and other actors in the rural development field would be involved and the potential benefits to them.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, but will be considered by trustees at six-monthly meetings.  Outline proposals, as well as detailed applications, will also be considered.

The Trust has only limited funds available, but has decided not to set limits for funding within its limited funds.  It is willing to make small sums available for the predevelopment stage, to enable proposals and practical arrangements to be worked up.  It will then provide more significant funding for the implementation stage i.e. the study tours and exchanges, though it is not expected that the Trust would be the main contributor.  It will be looking for applications that demonstrate partnership and commitment from others.


The Trust is keen to see practical outputs from its funding, rather than more detailed research reports.  Where practical, it would like to be actively involved in helping to develop the study tours and exchanges and, from time to time, members of the Trust, may participate in the study trips, and will help to develop linkages and networks.

Successful applicants will be expected to provide regular updates, as their proposals progress, and to submit a final case study / report of the study tour/exchange; participants reflections on the event, what they have learnt and can apply at ‘home’; and future expectations of how the learning can be applied after the tour / exchange.

What we have funded to date

As examples of what we have funded to date please look at the following case studies which have formed part of the ongoing and final reports from current funding:

  • India and Ethiopia - a study trip between Jatan Sansthan (a grassroots Non Governmental Organisation based in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India) and the Southern Region Offices of the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia.
  • Gunjur – The Gambia - a project for community development in Gunjur (The Gambia) through young people in Wiltshire and the Gambia exchanging business ideas. 
  • CALL Romanian exchange with the Highlands of Scotland - an exchange of good practice between Romania and Scotland with the intention of building a critical mass of interested parties who can work with the wider community
  • Rural Youth in Europe – Involving the youth in the topic of “Eating, Producing and Deciding: our choice and our voice for the future agriculture in Europe”

Next steps

Applications are now invited for proposals for study tours and exchanges to support the transfer of knowledge and experience of rural development in practice, particularly aimed at supporting such activity in Africa and other developing countries.  Outline proposals and/or applications to help the development stage will be welcome.

The trustees’ next meeting to consider applications will take place in early May, 2015, so those wishing their application to be considered at that meeting should submit them by no later than 15 April 2015.  Applications submitted after that date, unless exceptional circumstances apply, will be deferred until the next trustees’ meeting in September, 2015.


We don’t have an application form, so you are free to formulate your proposal as you wish.  However, when applying for funding, please follow these guidelines:

  • Limit the proposal to approximately 3-5 sides of A4, and send it in by email to Nicola@arkletontrust.co.uk
  • Supply basic information on your organisation – name, address, charitable status (if applicable), annual income and expenditure, sources of funding, website address and contact details.
  • Describe the project or purpose for which you are seeking funding. You must outline how this meets the priorities of the Arkleton Trust as detailed in the call for proposals. Please ensure that the project is clearly identifiable and not something you would ordinarily pay for through core funding.
  • Provide project details such as cost, timescales and activities.
  • Outline the anticipated project outcomes and how these will be assessed, including any post-implementation activities you plan to undertake, and / or wider dissemination of the knowledge gained through the study trip.
  • Please identify any potential / agreed co-funders and what they will fund.

For more information on policies that guide what we will fund please download this document

January 2015

A complete history of Arkleton Fellowship awards is given below:

Yearsort ascending Scope of the Award Case Study
Kailash Brijwasi 2013 Exchange trips between Jatan Sansthan and the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia. Exchange trips between Jatan Sansthan and the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia. These study trips enabled people from Jatan Sansthan to visit the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia and vice versa. During these trips there were seminars, field trips and involvement of practitioners from NGOs, doctors and health care workers. The purpose of these exchanges was to develop networks, sharing knowledge and spreading good practice. Women & Children Health & Development
Amanda Bryan and Monica Opean 2013 Further collaboration between two Scottish rural communities working in forestry and the Community Woodland Association in Romania. Matching funding has been received from the Scottish Woodland Trust. The Romanian Woodland Exchange project will promote learning through research exchange in Scotland and Romania during 2013 and 2014. CALL Romanian Exchange with the Highlands of Scotland
Plunkett Foundation 2013 Assistance with running a workshop at the International Co-operative Congress in Cape Town. Whilst there the Plunkett Foundation were awarded with the highest honour of the international co-operative movement, the Rochdale Pioneer’s Award. The project is on-going, looking at setting up an international Rural.Coop with assistance from FAO.
Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal 2012 Scoping study to research informal and non-traditional education for rural development
Amanda Bryan 2012 Scoping study researching: 'How do we sustain rural communities in their own place?'. The areas researched included forested areas of Scotland and Romania. This study was then presented at the Arkleton Seminar in 2012.
Andrew Ross 2012 Scoping study researching 'connected crofts and hubs of excellence. Also invited to attend the Arkleton Seminar 2012. Connected Crofts and Hubs of Excellence
Jane Atterton 2012 Scoping study researching 'Building resilient institutional infrastructures for development in remote rural areas.' Also attended the Arkleton Trust seminar 2012.
Lynda Khiali 2012 Scoping study researching 'Doing rural development in the economic downturn by economic solidarity'.
Helen Lie 2012 Scoping study researching 'Improving smallholders’ livelihood through emerging social (agri)business models'.
Hayato Kobyashi 2009 How Rural Communities in Asia adapt to Climate Change