Awards are made at the personal recommendation of the Lord Mayor. They are 'one-off' awards, and generally limited to those working in the countries which the Lord Mayor is visiting in any one year. The Lord Mayor is advised by British Ambassadors, High Commissioners, and Consuls General on the most suitable recipients. Local British Council offices and businesses also are involved in the selection process.
Bids are ideally discussed in advance of the Lord Mayor’s visit so that awards can be made whilst in the country along with the presentation of a Mansion House Scholar’s certificate. Identifying a suitable candidate together with the relevant course is often difficult. Accordingly, and as and when necessary, awards granted are available to be taken up within the ensuing twelve months.
"This scheme is very effective in building capacity in developing countries without too much fuss. This is what I admire most about it."