Clore Leadership Programme
Clore Leadership Programme



Application and Selection

  • Applications for the 2018/19 Clore Creative Scotland Fellowship are now open and will close at 12 noon, 5 April 2018.

  • Applications are now closed for the other 2018/19 Fellowships

  • The selection process takes place between  February and May 2018.

  • We have one intake of approximately 25 Fellows per year.

Selection Process

We want to select the very best leaders at the right moment in their career. The Fellowship is a considerable investment in each individual on behalf of our funders, so we want to make sure that it is exactly the right thing for you at this particular point in time.

We ensure a diverse group of experienced leaders are involved across our assessment and selection process. This includes leaders who are BAME and/or disabled or those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. Assessors understand our ambitions around equality, diversity and inclusion.

It is a competitive and rigorous process and we have taken every care to make the application and selection process as thorough, transparent and fair as possible.

  • Each written application is initially assessed anonymously by two independent assessors using both scores and comments. They include a diverse range of experienced professionals from the culture sector as well as alumni of the programme.
  • Assessors make a recommendation as to whether the applicants should be shortlisted for interview. If their opinions are not in sync or their scoring of the applicant is very different, a third moderator will assess the application. The interview shortlist is then decided by our Fellowship Selection Committee made up of the Director, Fellowship Manager and Trustees of the Clore Leadership Programme. 
  • The average rate of applications to interview is around 10 to 1, however, this may differ depending on the specific criteria of a particular Fellowship.
  • The interviews take place over a period of 6 weeks. The interview panel will always contain some staff members from the Clore Leadership Programme Team; usually the Director and Fellowship Manager; and some external panellists including funders and sector leaders.
  • The panel discuss each interview in detail on the day and put forward recommendations to the Fellowship Selection Committee.
  • The committee then put forward its recommendations to the Board of the Clore Leadership Programme who make the final selection of Clore Fellows.
  • The Director and Fellowship Manager offer feedback by phone to all unsuccessful candidates who have attended an interview.

We regularly revisit the application process and seek feedback from external assessment specialists. It is the policy of the Clore Leadership Programme that any interests in, or connections with, particular cultural institutions held by members of the Board or by members of staff are declared, and those individuals take no part in any decisions relating to those organisations or their employees.


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