Applications for the 2013 Clore Social Leadership Programme have opened this week, with spaces for up to 20 candidates available.
The programme, designed to develop future leaders for the voluntary sector, starts in January and lasts for between 12 and 24 months on a full or part-time basis.
For the first time, the course, which involves residential training, mentoring and secondments, is inviting applications from people working overseas for UK-based organisations.
Anyone working or closely involved in the UK’s social sector as a member of staff or volunteer and "involved in work of significant benefit to individuals and communities in the UK or overseas" is eligible to apply. Applicants should also be committed to working in the sector for the long term.
Dame Mary Marsh, founding director of the scheme, said: "We need leaders who can learn from best practice across the UK and internationally, and who can work with and through others to drive and manage fast-paced, relentless change.
"The Clore Social Leadership Programme builds the capacity and resilience of individuals and the sector as a whole to make an effective contribution to meeting the challenges of growing social need through the continued economic uncertainty."
Online applications can be made at www.cloresocialleadership.org.uk until the closing date of 28 May.
Since it was launched in 2008, the programme has accepted 47 fellows, including Joe Ludlow, director of social ventures at Nesta, which helps people bring their ideas to life, and Rowena Lewis, who was recently appointed director of fundraising at Gingerbread, the charity for single parents.