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
Peter Apedaile 1989
Gary Davidson 1989
Philip Ehrnsaft 1989
Paul Coke 1989
Di Alexander 1989
Linda Motram 1988
Paul Tibbs 1987 Investigation into the utilisation and practice of draught animal power in China
Norman Day 1987 To carry out a study into Supplementary Income on Farms in Bavaria, Northern Germany and France
Frank Rennie 1985 Popular Education for Change: A visit in April/May 1986 to The Highlander Research and Education Center, Tennessee, USA
Malcolm Smith 1984 Agriculture and Nature Conservation in Conflict. A study to determine which aspects of the implementation of the Less Favoured Areas Directive by the UK Government are responsible for the agriculture/nature conservation conflict and to recommend changes aimed at retaining a predominantly agricultural land use in the uplands without further loss and degradation of its unique nature conservation interest.