The countdown has begun to the 5th September closing date for those interested in applying to the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Specialist Fellowship on the Clore Social Leadership 2017 Fellowship programme.

The programme identifies, connects and develops individuals who have the ambition to lead social change in their communities, organisations and in the world around them, through a combination of activities including residential learning courses, executive coaching, a provocative writing piece and a secondment.

FiMT has already awarded two Specialist Fellowships on the programme, one in each of 2015 and 2016, and will sponsor a total of four Specialist Fellowships between 2015 and 2018 to help encourage deeper connections and shared learning between military charities and the wider social sector, which in turn will enable more innovative and collaborative service delivery.

Aspiring social leaders are now being invited to apply for the next one-year programme, which starts in January 2017. Applications opened on Monday 11th July 2016 and will close midday on Monday 5th September 2016.

The first FiMT Specialist Fellow, Dr Jane Rowley, completed a piece of research at the end of 2015 entitled ‘What more can we do to support ex-Services personnel? An investigation into Post Traumatic Growth and the Role of Expert Companions’.  Jane went on to implement this learning over a three-month secondment with the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

You can read Jane’s recent blog which reflects on her Fellowship now that she has returned to the work environment, having completed her Fellowship in March 2016:

FiMT’s 2016 Specialist Fellow, Dr Marie-Louise Sharp, is halfway through her Fellowship and plans to write a provocation piece on why research needs to be conducted into the treatment of Gulf War illness(es) to support UK veterans who may have been affected.  Read Marie-Louise’s latest blog here:

To make an application for the 2017 programme, or for further information, visit Clore Social Leadership’s website at  




About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

  • FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012.
  • The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.
  • FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships.
  • All work is published in open access and hosted on the Veterans’ Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

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About Clore Social Leadership

 Clore Social Leadership is committed to social change. We find and develop leaders with a social purpose so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them. We offer a Fellowship Programme and a range of leadership development workshops.

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