This fellowship is a joint initiative with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. It offers candidates at the early-to-mid-stage of their career the opportunity to spend ten months at Chatham House working on an individual research project of their choosing.
Fellows take part in the core work of the Institute, developing their skills through the leadership programme, and furthering their professional network in the field of international affairs.
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship Benefits
The fellow will receive a monthly stipend of £2,365 which will cover London living costs, including accommodation, utilities, food, transport and other basic expenses.
The Academy will cover costs related to relocation, visas and payment of the UK’s Immigration Healthcare Surcharge which allows access to the UK National Health Service (Note: candidates may be required to pay for dental and optical treatments and medicines prescribed by a doctor), fieldwork and travel, research activities, and possible publication.
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship Qualification
The fellowship is open to citizens of any African country.
Applications will also be accepted from applicants holding dual nationality which includes any African country.
Applicants must hold a completed BA degree or equivalent and have experience with conducting research.
The ideal candidate should be at the early-to-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. All applicants should possess knowledge of, and an interest in, international affairs, their chosen area of research, and Chatham House’s mission and research.
We do not impose age restrictions for applicants.
Can I undertake other work or study at the same time as my fellowship?
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.
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship Interview date, Process & Venue
- Meet nationality requirements
- Must hold a completed BA degree or equivalent
- Must have a minimum of two years of professional experience in the field of the proposed research (this can include a PhD)
- Experience with conducting independent research is essential
- Proven leadership experience or leadership potential
- Commitment to Chatham House values
- 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
- Demonstrate the necessary English-language ability
- Motivation to undertake the fellowship
- A post-fellowship plan which indicates how the candidate will apply their research, skills and knowledge
- Stage one: complete the application. Once the submission period ends, all applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by our selection committee.
- Stage two: shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview via Zoom. The interviews are carried out by a member of senior management at Chatham House and relevant programme representatives. After this round, fellows will be selected and notified via email.
Documents Required for Application
- The applicant’s CV/résumé
- The names of two referees
- The applicant’s proposal for a research project (see PDF for details)
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