What is the Clore Fellowship

What is the Clore Fellowship?

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

Each year we award circa 20 Fellowships to exceptional leaders from a range of areas of the cultural sector including the visual and performing arts, museums, libraries, archives and heritage, film and digital media, cultural policy and practice. The Fellowship Programme is for leaders who have ambition and vision, and can show clearly how they might take their leadership to the next level.

The Fellowship has a loose framework but it is individually tailored, adaptive and self-guided. The programme is learned, not taught and is experiential, grounded in practice, and underpinned by contemporary leadership theories and approaches.

The Clore Fellowship includes:

  • Two residential courses (including travel and all accommodation, meals and refreshments).
  • Skills-based workshops.
  • A two-day residential ‘Intensive’ cohort project.
  • A 360° leadership profile.
  • A secondment (usually around 6 weeks) in a UK based cultural organisation, in a field different to your own
  • A development budget to spend on your own learning E.g. conferences, courses, study visits or books
  • A bursary to support your time away to undertake your Fellowship, paid to you or your employer (as appropriate). For UK/ Ireland Fellows only.
  • Support from a mentor or coach.
  • Research into a chosen leadership subject through a provocation piece.
  • Work with your cohort on a collaborative enquiry project.
  • Provision of an access budget for D/deaf or disabled Fellows, or for those with caring responsibilities.
  • Opportunity to apply for a supervised research project funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, after the Fellowship.  
The programme is truly an eye opening experience that changed the trajectory of my leadership journey in many aspects and is going to have a positive, strong and lasting impact for many years to come in my professional life.
Alex Tam
Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (Clore Fellow 15/16)
Why choose the Fellowship?

We are looking for leaders who are dynamic, strategic and collaborative; who possess a high degree of intellectual curiosity, creativity, integrity and emotional intelligence.

You will be entrepreneurial and driven to making a difference in your organisation, community of practice, sector and/or society through culture.

This adaptive programme is for leaders from across the cultural sector who are poised to take on a significant leadership challenge, to make a step change in their leadership careers and the cultural sector: perhaps you are about to take on a major project or executive leadership role, or are ready to develop your organisation. Whether working independently or as part of an institution, you will be able to demonstrate your aptitude and appetite for effecting significant change.

We aim to increase the diversity of leaders in arts and culture and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse leaders and D/deaf and disabled leaders, who are currently under-represented in the sector.

Clore Fellows Network

The impact of Clore Leadership has been wide-ranging and Fellows have found many different environments in which to be leaders.

Some have founded new charities, businesses or are working independently; others have returned to their jobs with renewed confidence, added dynamism, more extensive networks and advanced skills; and yet others have moved into new jobs.

As a Clore Fellow, you become part of an extensive network of cultural leaders spread throughout the UK and beyond, from countries such as Canada, China, Egypt, India and the Middle East. The Clore Network of over 400 Fellows and 2000 Clore Leaders of our residential courses work across the cultural sector and are a constant source of inspiration, knowledge and expertise. We stay in touch with them regularly through a newsletter and an active Facebook group with occasional invitations to events and further masterclasses. 

One of the most powerful aspects of the Fellowship is the bond which participants develop with one another and which provides ongoing support throughout their career. Fellows continue to learn long after the Fellowship. Many organise development and training days, open events, and other opportunities for engagement with one another and the wider network. They reach out to the sector as speakers, contributors, mentors, or by developing independent leadership initiatives such as the Cultural Leadership Programme at Curve, Leicester; or Arts Think South Asia.

You’ll extend your knowledge and understanding of the wider cultural sector through dialogue, inquiry, study visits, conferences and meetings; and increase your skills and acumen through courses and individual training as part of your unique development plan.


To be eligible for a Fellowship, you should:

  • Have a minimum of seven years’ experience of professional or voluntary practice, and be able to demonstrate aptitude for leading and effecting significant change through your work. The period of seven years does not need to be consecutive.
  • Have an innovative approach, be open to learning and have the desire to develop as a cultural leader.
  • Be in a position to influence practice and/or policy and effect change in your organisation, sector and beyond, through your work as an artist or cultural professional.
  • Have significant experience of leading people, projects, organisations or practice either in a professionally paid or voluntary capacity in the cultural sector.
  • Be comfortable with managing budgets.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to, passion for and understanding of the cultural sector.
  • Meet the additional eligibility criteria for any specialist Fellowships applied for.
  • Have an understanding of the broader sector and wider context of culture.
  • Highly qualified candidates from other sectors may be considered providing they demonstrate a deep commitment to culture and to playing a leading role within it.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black Asian and ethnically diverse and / or D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent cultural sector leaders as well as those with caring responsibilities. 

If you are disabled and accepted on to the Fellowship, we will work with you to ensure that we can support your access needs and create the best learning environment for you. We have worked previously with many D/deaf and disabled Fellows. If you would like to find out about their experiences, please let us know and we can explore putting you in touch. British Sign Language versions of the information on our webpages as well as our Essential Guide to Making Your Fellowship Application are available. 

Our residentials take place in accessible venues, with space and scheduling for regular rest. We contribute to the cost of support workers (e.g. British Sign Language interpreters), and will provide course materials in alternative formats or a note taker if you need.

If you have dependents, we will support you to find ways to undertake your Fellowship which work for you, including providing support for childcare / caring costs during residentials. If you may find it helpful to discuss how the Fellowship has worked for Fellows with caring responsibilities, we are able to explore putting you in touch with a previous Fellow. 

Information about the Clore Fellowship in BSL

Guide to Completing Your Clore Fellowship in BSL
Clore Fellowship Q&A

We recently hosted two Q&A sessions on Zoom, sharing some helpful tips and insights into the application process, including questions put to the team and some of our alumni.

These sessions are now closed but if you would like to watch the recording please contact fellowships@cloreleadership.org

Clore Fellowship Applications 2022 – Q&A for employers of applicants

We recently held a Q&A targeted at employers who may be supporting employees to apply for the 2022 Clore Fellowship. This might include those working in HR roles, line managers or those with responsibility for professional development within your organisation:

Featured in the session:

  • Hear from members of the Clore Leadership team
  • find out more about the Fellowship scheme
  • hear more about how taking part may benefit your employee and your organisation
  • gain an understanding of how to best to support members of your team to apply to the Fellowship  

Please note this session is for employers and line managers only. If you would like a recording of the session, please contact fellowships@cloreleadership.org


Clore Leadership will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation in the period up to the Fellowship residential dates.  Our residential planning incorporates the latest Government guidance as well as consideration of how best to ensure a safe and inclusive learning space for our cohorts and staff team. Your health, wellbeing and quality of experience while on your residential is paramount to us. Full details of the Covid safe guidelines in place will be provided to you in advance of your residential.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed. 

  • Applications open – Thursday 13 January 2022
  • Applications close – Noon Thursday 24 February 2022
  • Wc 21 March - Applicants informed of outcome
  • Fellowship interviews April and May 2022 (dates pending)
  • Notification of interview outcomes late May 2022
Total number of Clore Fellows
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