Deadline: June 28, 2021

Applications are open for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship at Chatham House 2021. This fellowship offers candidates at the mid-stage of their career the opportunity to spend ten months at Chatham House working on a personal project of their choosing.

Fellows take part in the core work of the Institute, developing their skills through the leadership program, and furthering their professional network in the field of international affairs. The fellowship lasts ten months between October 2021 and July 2022. The fellow will be based full-time at Chatham House in London. However, working patterns will be flexible and some aspects of the program may be held online, in line with safe COVID-19 working practices.

Program Structure

A fellow’s time will be split between three key areas: 

  • Completing a personal research project: the fellow will choose and design a personal project to undertake with the guidance of a Chatham House expert (approximately 50%).
  • Contributing to the ongoing research activities: working with their host research team and other Chatham House teams as appropriate (approximately 20%).
  • Leadership Program: it is a key part of all fellowships. It aims to develop fellows knowledge, network, self-awareness and to equip them with important skills on which they can draw in their future careers as leaders in their field (approximately 30%).

Benefits

  • The fellow will receive a monthly stipend of £2,365. Modest provision is made for the costs of relocation, fieldwork and possible publication costs. The stipend will cover London living costs, including accommodation, utilities, food, transport and other basic expenses. The following is intended to provide a rough guide on the cost of living essentials in London.

Eligibility

  • Open to citizens of Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Applications will also be accepted from applicants holding dual nationality which includes one of these countries.
  • Applicants must hold a completed BA degree or equivalent. Master’s degree with an international focus is preferred.
  • The ideal candidate should be at the mid-stage of their career and come from one of the following fields or work: academia, NGO, business, government departments, civil society or the media. They should have knowledge of and an interest in the policy challenges related to global governance.
  • They do not impose age restrictions for applicants. However, Academy fellowships are aimed at individuals at the mid-stage of their career.
  • Fellows are expected to work full-time towards their fellowship and therefore it is not possible to undertake a fellowship at the same time as pursuing work or studies (such as for a PhD).

Selection Criteria

  • Nationality eligibility requirements
  • Leadership potential
  • Aptitude to benefit from the broad and inclusive nature of the fellowship
  • The relevance and clarity of the proposed research project, as demonstrated through the project proposal
  • Relevant background experience, as demonstrated through the curriculum vitae
  • Demonstrating the necessary English-language ability
  • Motivation for undertaking the fellowship
  • A post-fellowship plan which indicates how the candidate will apply their research, skills and knowledge in their region or field

Application

To apply for this fellowship, they need:

  • Your CV/resumé
  • A scanned copy of the photo page of your passport (for proof of nationality eligibility)
  • The names of two referees (of which one should be academic)
  • The applicant’s proposal for a research project

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Chatham House Fellowship.

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