Information for sponsoring and host organisations
The success of an individual Professional Fellowship will depend on the support and commitment of a Fellow’s sponsoring organisation (i.e. the organisation from which they originate). Organisations should support staff in the development of their application to the scheme, ensuring that it supports them in their substantive role and professional development. If an applicant is successful, sponsoring organisations should ensure that staff have adequate time to undertake their Fellowship and that its findings and outcomes can be shared and embedded throughout the organisation.
One of the key components of the Professional Fellowship Scheme is a short-term residency within an organisation that is not the Fellow’s home institution. Depending on where the Fellow originates from (i.e. their home organisation), this will be a short-term residency within The National Archives (for Fellows from an RLUK member) or at an RLUK member (for Fellows from The National Archives). It is intended that both the fellow and host organisation will derive significant benefits from the Professional Fellowship Scheme.
The envisaged benefits include:
- Raising of their respective profiles as centres of expertise;
- Enable the opening of new strategic conversations that may not otherwise occur;
- Identify new potential partnerships for joint initiatives or markets for their respective services;
- Improving corporate processes and procedures through engaging in critical friendship and their contextualisation within a wider organisational setting.
Amongst the responsibilities of host organisations is to provide a named mentor within the organisation who will be responsible for liaising with the Professional Fellow throughout their Fellowship and on the approach to, and throughout, their residency.
More information about the role and responsibilities of sponsoring and host organisations can be found in the guidance for participating organisations.