Our partnerships within the Fellowship department are very important to us; they exist to support the RSA’s mission to develop and promote new ways of thinking about human fulfilment and social progress.  

We create partnerships to strengthen and diversify our networks, thus supporting the Fellowship as a force for civic innovation and social change. 

We look to collaborate with partners big or small, who work charitably and aim to create a positive social impact wherever they are; from the local to the global. 

Our current partners are listed below:   


ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, is the only membership body dedicated to connecting, developing, supporting and representing the UK’s third sector CEOs.

Established over 20 years ago, ACEVO is in a unique position, supporting more than 2,000 members – leaders of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises - with a series of benefits tailored specifically to meet their needs. ACEVO also acts as a successful campaigner for third sector issues; providing a united voice for the sector’s leaders to have their opinions heard at government level.

In addition to supporting chief executives, ACEVO membership is open to those who work closely with third sector CEOs such as senior managers, chairs, trustees and public sector directors as well as out of post and retired CEOs.


ACOSVO, the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations is a unique membership organisation for leaders in Scotland’s Third Sector. ACOSVO promotes excellence in leadership and management through a range of leadership development opportunities, through peer support and through knowledge transfer and good practice sharing. Development opportunities include regional networks, a mentoring programme, an accredited leadership programme and a series of master-classes. Constituted in 2000, ACOSVO supports Third Sector leaders across Scotland.  


Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs —men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.  Since 1981, Ashoka has elected almost 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in 70 countries.

Ashoka Fellows inspire others to adopt and spread their innovations —demonstrating to all citizens that they too have the potential to be powerful changemakers and make a positive difference in their communities. By unleashing the same innovative and entrepreneurial mindset which has driven business sector growth over the last two centuries, Ashoka is leading a dramatic transformation in society, fueling the citizen sector’s unprecedented growth. With our global community of social entrepreneurs, Ashoka develops models for collaboration and designs infrastructure needed for this growth.

The Clore Leadership Programme

The Clore Leadership Programme, an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation, aims to help train and develop a new generation of leaders for the cultural sector here in the UK. Each year it assists a number of Clore Fellows to undertake an individual programme of learning, work, research, training, and secondment, designed to develop their leadership skills and experience. It also aims to report more widely on its own work, to disseminate the lessons it learns, and to speak out more generally as an advocate for cultural leadership and excellence.

Clore Social Leadership Programme

The Clore Social Leadership Programme (CSLP) is a unique, personalised leadership development programme for aspiring leaders in the social sector.

The Programme recruits Fellows through an open application process. Potential Fellows will be working in or closely with the wider social sector, as a member of staff or volunteer working in a charity, community organisation, social enterprise or co-operative, or in social housing. They will have demonstrated their leadership potential in some of the work they have already undertaken.

Each Fellow benefits from a personalised programme, tailored to meet their individual needs, and providing challenging opportunities for development. Each Fellowship is funded for a period of between 12 and 24 months, on a full or part-time basis. Funding includes an element of compensation to a Fellow’s employer.

Fulbright Alumni

Through its alumni and associate members the BFSA has developed an international network enabling all Fulbright scholars to be involved in transatlantic and international relations after their scholarship has ended. The association welcomes US Fulbright scholars to the UK, providing hospitality and a mentoring service during their stay. It also participates in the US/UK Network to assist the Fulbright Association in the US to provide a similar programme for UK grantees.

Fulbright Scholars

The Fulbright Program was proposed by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II and is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program which sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Institute for Learning (IfL)

Formed in 2002, the Institute for Learning (IfL) is the professional body for teachers, tutors, trainers and student teachers working in further education and skills. Our members work across a range of educational environments, in any context where young people and adults develop the skills and knowledge required to lead successful and rewarding lives. As a professional body, IfL has a distinct role in supporting individuals to be excellent in their professional practice, thereby enhancing the professional status of teachers and trainers.

Restorative Justice Council

The Restorative Justice Council is the independent charity and membership body for the field of restorative practice.  Their vision is that every person harmed by crime or conflict should have the opportunity to resolve it through a restorative process. The RJC provides quality assurance for the public through its work on best practice, standards and accreditation; the online national Trainers Register and Practitioner Register; and through its Practitioner and Trainer Codes of Practice.

As the national voice for restorative practice, the RJC works with the Government and the media to highlight the evidence that restorative justice works and share stories of how it has changed lives.  It provides quality assurance through trainer and practitioner registration, ensuring restorative justice is always a safe and effective process for those involved, and welcomes anyone who shares its vision to become a member and support our work.

Saltire Foundation

The Saltire Fellowship programmean initiative of the Saltire Foundation, is a world-class entrepreneurial leadership programme designed to create a global and entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation of Scottish business leaders. The programme combines teaching at Babson College, experiential learning with high-growth firms internationally and in Scotland as well regular Masterclasses presented by business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Saltire Fellowship Alumni currently hold leadership positions with high-growth firms in Scotland. The Saltire Foundation was created by GlobalScots to find, fuel and spark Scotland’s human potential, in turn creating the next generation of business leaders. 

School for Social Entrepreneurs

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) exists to provide training and opportunities to enable people to use their creative and entrepreneurial abilities more fully for social benefit. SSE supports individuals to set up new charities, social enterprises and social businesses across the UK.

The SSE runs practical learning programmes aimed at helping develop the individual entrepreneur and their organisation simultaneously: SSE’s approach, and belief, is that social change is people-powered, and that the most valuable assets and resources we have are human ones.

Each programme combines specific elements designed to provide an intensive, complete package of support that meets the needs of social entrepreneurs. This person-centred approach has been independently proven to create sustainable, thriving organisations that provide significant, lasting social and economic impact.

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide.  The Skoll Centre fosters innovative social transformation through world-class education, cutting-edge research, and collaboration among business, policy, academic, and social leaders.

Teach First

Teach First is working to ensure that every child receives an excellent education, regardless of their background. The charity works in partnership to recruit and train people to become inspirational teachers and leaders in low-income communities across England and Wales and works with them to bring about change in education in and out of the classroom.


UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. We do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality.


UpRising is a leadership programme and a venture launched and developed by the Young Foundation to support and train a new generation of public leaders. The programme's mission is to open pathways to leadership for talented young adults aged 19-25 from diverse backgrounds to be future leaders in an increasingly diverse Britain and a globalised world. The unique programme equips young people with the life skills, knowledge, networks, confidence and power to transform their communities and Britain for the better.

Windsor Fellowship

The Windsor Fellowship is a unique charitable organisation that is at the forefront of the design and delivery of innovative educational and leadership programmes that develop the diverse young talent within UK society.

It helps young people navigate pathways to educational and career success and become confident, active, role model citizens. At the same time it helps employers’ access talent from within Britain’s diverse communities.  This work is especially vital at a time when post 7/7 Britain grapples with the challenges of the influence of extremism, and the impact of gang, gun and knife crime.  The objectives underpinning the work of the Windsor Fellowship are to: improve educational-attainment levels; strengthen community cohesion; and achieve a greater equality of employment outcomes.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funds approximately 100 Travelling Fellowships annually across a wide range of projects.  All British citizens resident in the UK are eligible for the annual awards. Applicants must demonstrate that their project is feasible and worthwhile, and of real benefit to their community and to the UK on return. Past award winners are people from all walks of life including nurses, artists, scientists, engineers, farmers, conservationists, carers, craft workers, artisans, members of the emergency services, sportsmen and women and young people.  The Trust's ethos is that the Fellowships should enable and inspire individuals to achieve things and make a difference for others in the UK, through overseas travel.  The Trust also awards 10 undergraduate bursaries each year at Churchill College Cambridge, as well as supporting a postgraduate Fellowship and an Archive By- Fellowship at the Churchill Archives Centre.

Young Achievers Trust

The Young Achievers believe that the most successful way to inspire young volunteers, campaigners and social entrepreneurs is through action based volunteering, which is led by young people and provides inspiration to others.

If you would like to find out more about our partnerships, or explore opportunities for collaboration please contact Alexandra Barker by email or on +44 (0)20 7451 6916.