The Associate Fellowship of The Royal Commonwealth Society offers young people from across the Commonwealth the opportunity to become part of an ever-growing network, offering opportunities, resources and a platform for discussion. Associate Fellowship is granted to those who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to promoting the values of the Commonwealth and working to improve the lives of Commonwealth citizens.
New Associate Fellows are invited by the RCS to join the network, in reward for their commitment to Commonwealth values and improving the lives of Commonwealth citizens. Twice a year, branches of the RCS are asked to nominate young people from within their community for an Associate Fellowship. In addition, the high-scoring applicants of the Queen's Young Leaders programme are also offered the opportunity to become Associate Fellows.
Benefits of joining the network include:
- Access to an online forum where over 1,000 young people from across the Commonwealth meet online
- Valuable networking opportunities with young leaders who are committed to make change in the Commonwealth
- Invitations to RCS events
- Opportunities to feed into the work of the RCS through surveys, blogs and meetings
- Online webinars hosted by subject experts
- Online facility to host meetings with Associate Fellows and others
- Recognition in the Commonwealth as part of a prestigious network
- Regular signposting of exciting opportunities for young people
- Access to a closed Facebook group
In addition to these benefits, the network is shaped and led by Associate Fellows themselves, who use it as a rich resource of people, knowledge and organisations in order to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and build bridges across the five regions of the Commonwealth. Associate Fellows are presented with a unique platform to connect with young professionals from anywhere within the Commonwealth, which has led to valuable and fruitful partnerships.