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JST Statement: on the 25th anniversary of John Smith’s death


On 13th May 1994, the day after the Rt Hon John Smith QC MP died, Andrew Marr wrote a tribute in the Independent newspaper:

John Smith 1938-1994: The man who would have led Britain.

Central Asian fellows make excellent progress with their Action Plans


Nazira Sheraly, is a businesswoman and advocate for gender equality from Kyrgyzstan and started the first ‘Lean in Circle’ in Central Asia.

Central Asian Fellows share their fellowship programme experience back home


The Trust’s first ever Central Asian Fellowship Programme finished in December 2017. The fellows have been busy sharing their JST experience since returning to their homes with their colleagues and wider communities.

Fifty new Fellows and a stellar year for the Trust


2017 was one of the most successful years in the history of the John Smith Trust with fifty young leaders from 12 countries of the Former Soviet Union completing two major four-week Fellowship Programmes.

Tribute to Lord McCluskey former Chair of the John Smith Trust


It is with great sadness that the John Smith Trust recognises the death of its former Chair, Lord McCluskey.

New Fellowship Programme for Central Asia


The John Smith Trust is today opening applications for a new Fellowship Programme for Central Asia.

New Fellowship Programmes in Russia, the Caucasus, Wider Europe and Central Asia


The John Smith Trust is launching new Fellowship Programmes in Russia, the Caucasus, Wider Europe and Central Asia thanks to a two-year grant from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The John Smith Associate Fellowship in Good Governance for GCC countries


The John Smith Associate Fellowship in Good Governance is a new initiative of the John Smith Trust, working in partnership with the British Council, aimed at promoting dialogue on good governance and rule of law issues, among and with young thinkers and future leaders in the GCC states. 

Fellow's Story: The John Smith Trust In The Digitalised World


JST Fellow from Ukraine, Vadim Georgienko, shares his story on how he created the Civil Society app, a new powerful tool for co-governance by citizens, based on decision-making, social investment and entrepreneurship. 

Vision and Voice from the Middle East


A Networking Conference for John Smith Trust - FCO Rule of Law Fellows to examine Good Governance, Gender Equality, Conflict Transformation and the Promotion of Human Rights