Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship 2024 for African Leaders

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Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship 2024: Chatham House is pleased to invite applications for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship in the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs.

Application Deadline: 22nd April 2024 by 10 am (BST)

Eligible Countries: ALL African countries

To be taken at (country): The fellow will be based full-time at Chatham House, London, UK

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About the Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship: Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute. Based in London, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs was established in 2014 and opened by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, adding the capacity to develop a new generation of leaders to the institute’s international reputation for informed debate and independent, cutting-edge research. The Academy aims to equip emerging leaders from around the world with the skills, knowledge, and networks to lead positive policy change in their areas of expertise. Through its programmes, the Academy seeks to provide opportunities for creative, curious, and intellectually driven individuals who share a commitment to tackling the most important challenges in the public sphere. It provides them with the opportunity and space to deepen their understanding of critical issues and to propose new ideas and solutions to complex policy challenges and opportunities.

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.

Type: Fellowship


  • The Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship is open to candidates holding nationality from any African country.
  • Applications will also be accepted from applicants holding dual nationality which includes one African country.
  • All applicants should possess knowledge of, and an interest in, international affairs, their chosen area of research, and Chatham House’s mission and research.

Selection criteria:

  • 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

To apply, please complete the application form and submit a copy of your CV.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship: The fellow will receive a monthly stipend to cover the costs of accommodation and subsistence. Additionally, 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: you may be required to pay for dental and optical treatments and medicines prescribed by a doctor), fieldwork and travel, research activities, and possible publication costs.

Duration of Programme: The fellowship is for a 10-month term.

How to Apply for Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship: Apply

  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage (see link below) before applying

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