Introducing the Wellington IB Fellowship Programme
03 September 2018
The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time as it marks the start of a new phase in every pupil’s educational journey. That’s why it’s a particularly appropriate time to officially introduce the Wellington IB Fellowship: a unique opportunity for a select few sixth formers to create, fund and carry out their very own self-generated project that has the potential to make a genuinely positive change in the world. Since the College opened, it has always offered a generous range of scholarships and bursaries to pupils, and from 2017 the College also offered an IB Fellowship. This summer Anja and Sofia (now in year 13) made a fantastic success of Wellington’s inaugural IB Fellowship, as they ventured to the Kruger National Park Wildlife Reserve in South Africa for a two-week animal rehabilitation project. Similarly, Leigh-Ann’s fellowship project which seeks to bring English sign language to deaf communities in China is making significant progress. How it works At the start of each academic year, pupils in year 12 will be given the chance to apply for funding for a project concept that fulfils the following criteria:
- It must involve the pupil exploring an issue of either local or global importance, with a view to make a positive change regarding that issue. This can be done while working with an NGO, charity or business/research institution, or independently, in China or overseas.
- The chosen issue needs to be something that the pupil cares deeply about – the project should be something that they are passionate to both start and finish.
- The project’s concept must embody the Wellington values and identity – it has to be something that naturally fits with everything that the College stands for.
- It must be possible to complete within a realistic budget. Successful IB fellowship applicants will receive a grant of up to RMB30,000 while fundraising activities are also permitted for providing part of the project’s required budget.