The Clore Fellowship is a programme of tailored leadership development for a cohort of exceptional leaders in the cultural sector.

We award around 20 Fellowships each year to leaders in areas such as the visual and performing arts, museums, libraries, archives and heritage, film and digital media, and cultural policy and practice. The Fellowship Programme is for leaders with ambition and vision who can show how they might take their leadership to the next level. The programme is learned through experience, not taught, and is grounded in contemporary leadership theories and approaches.

The Fellowship has a loose structure but is tailored to each individual’s needs. It involves spending time reflecting deeply on your leadership, learning about yourself, and considering the role of leadership in the cultural sector.

Programme Details

The Clore Fellowship includes:

  • Two residential courses and 3 days of skills-based workshops in London, including travel, accommodation, meals, and refreshments. You’ll learn about yourself, your leadership, and explore the skills and strategies of leadership. You’ll work with facilitators, Clore Leadership staff, Associates, and speakers. You’ll hear from a range of guest leaders about their leadership journeys.
  • Climate Assembly – connecting with leaders in the UK and internationally around climate emergency, action, and collaboration.
  • A 360° leadership profile – a detailed leadership profile undertaken with support to explore what that means for you and your leadership.
  • A secondment – usually around 6 weeks in a UK-based cultural organisation, in a field different from your own, to stretch your leadership learning and muscles outside of your home area of practice.
  • Up to £3,500 development budget – to spend on your own learning and associated costs (e.g. conferences, courses, study visits or books).
  • £10,000 bursary – financial support for your time away from work necessary to undertake your Fellowship, paid to you or your employer (as appropriate). For UK/ Ireland Fellows only.
  • Mentor or coach support – a package of individual support as you journey through your learning
  • A provocation piece – fellow-led research into a chosen leadership subject
  • A collaborative enquiry project – work alongside other members of your cohort to explore a contemporary leadership learning question, with your enquiry findings presented at the second residential.
  • Access budget provision for D/deaf or disabled and neurodivergent Fellows, or for those with caring responsibilities.
  • Opportunity to apply for a supervised research project funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, after completing the Fellowship.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to the Fellowship need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Have at least seven years of professional or voluntary experience, showing that you have the ability to lead and make a significant impact through your work.
  • Be open to learning and have a desire to develop as a cultural leader with an innovative approach.
  • Be in a position to influence practice and/or policy and effect change in your organisation, sector and beyond, as an artist or cultural professional.
  • Have extensive experience leading people, projects, organisations or practice, either in a paid or voluntary capacity in the cultural sector, and be comfortable with managing budgets.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment, passion, and understanding of the cultural sector and its broader context.
  • Specialist Fellowships may have additional eligibility criteria that should be met.
  • Highly qualified candidates from other sectors may be considered provided they have a deep commitment to culture and the ability to play a leading role within it.

Costs & Funding

The Fellowship Programme is generously supported by a range of funding partners. The cost of all Fellowships, with the exception of self or employer funded Fellowships, are fully funded.

Included in your funded Fellowship:

  • The cost of two residential programmes including tuition and all course materials.
  • Travel to and from and accommodation, meals and refreshments for the duration of the residential courses.
  • Travel to and from, accommodation and associated content costs for skills-based workshops. 
  • Support from a mentor or coach.
  • Development budget of up to £3,500 towards the costs of your individual development programme. This is available to all Fellows (including employer-supported Fellowships)
  • An access budget supporting the needs of D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent Fellows or those with caring responsibilities 
  • Central support from the Clore Leadership team 

Dates & Venues

Our timeline for applications to the 2023 Clore Fellowship is: 

Dates for the 2024 Fellowship will be published in the Autumn of 2023.

Our residential venues have undergone an access audit. Our training spaces are level access, with accessible toilets located nearby. Accessible accommodation is available and we will ask you about your specific accommodation requirements prior to the residential.

Applications to the Fellowship are not currently open

Dates for the 2024 programme will be released in Autumn/Winter 2023/24.