Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship

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 formally launched by the patron of Chatham House, Her Majesty The Queen, on 18 November 2014. It offers potential leaders from around the world the opportunity to get involved and contribute to the work which Chatham House does.

Academy fellowships provide emerging leaders at the mid-point of their careers with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge, publish, speak at events, expand their personal networks, and further develop an understanding of critical issues in international affairs, which will enable them to contribute to positive change in their home countries and broader region. Fellows join a diverse cohort of professionals from a variety of sectors including academia, NGOs, business, government or the media who are looking for the next step or transition in their career.

To apply for our 2019-20 Academy Fellowships, we ask that you propose a research project. Your proposal should consider how your country or region has been affected – positively or negatively – by aspects of global governance. For example, you might ask: What influence have international organisations (or any single IO) had on your country or region? In what ways can international organisations help your country or region confront the challenges it faces? What are the lessons for rules-based international organisations from dealings with your country/region? How is your country/region conforming to/straying from norms of rules-based governance?

Fellows are strongly encouraged to consider our existing research programmes and develop a research proposal that seeks to make a direct contribution to our work on specific topics and regions and to link this to the challenge of regional and global governance.

Below you can browse by fellowship and see some possible topics for research projects. These are only suggestions and you may also propose a related topic of your choosing.

Possible project topics may include:

  • Are existing institutions for managing the global economy fit for purpose?
  • What lessons can be learned for regional governance from the political and economic challenges the EU has faced over the last decade?
  • How can inclusive, sustainable growth and accountable governance be achieved in Africa?
  • Is a state-centric approach to the Arab world sufficient or will regional dynamics require a different set of mechanisms for effective governance?
  • What are the implications of rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific region for regional and global governance?
  • What are the broader implications of Asia’s rise – particularly China’s significance – for global governance and the international rules-based system?
  • What innovative regional and global solutions are there for responding to the refugee crisis and the contemporary politics surrounding immigration?
  • What global strategies will be most effective for responding to challenges such as antimicrobial resistance and climate change?
  • What global and national governance strategies can ensure effective health coverage at the national level?
  • What governance strategies are most effective for ensuring that international organisations incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s?
  • How can governments and non-state actors deliver good governance and security in Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries?
  • Given the constraints imposed by its domestic politics, how can the United States most productively engage in the mechanisms and institutions of global governance?


This fellowship is open to citizens of Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique and Zambia.

Applications will also be accepted from applicants holding dual nationality which includes one of these countries.

It is required that the applicant holds a completed BA degree or equivalent. A Masters degree with an international focus is preferred.

The fellowship is aimed at candidates at the mid-stage of their career and who come from academia, NGOs, business, government departments, civil society or the media. They should possess knowledge of, and an interest in, one of the policy-related challenges laid out in the research topics.

This fellowship is generously supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Closing date: 29th April 2019 at 9:00am UK Time

Contract type: Fellows are expected to work full-time towards their fellowship throughout the 10 month duration

Monthly stipend: £2,295

To apply, please complete the application form and submit electronic copies of the following documents:

  • CV
  • Scanned copy of the photo page of your passport (to confirm you meet the nationality requirements)

We will conduct interviews in May/June 2019 via Skype.


Benefits include full access to the Academy’s Leadership Programme, Alumni Programme, 5-year complimentary Chatham House membership and Academy Associate status (awarded upon the successful completion of the fellowship). Fellows also have access to the staff canteen providing complimentary tea, coffee and lunch and many more benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. Modest provision is also made for the costs of relocation, fieldwork, and possible publication costs.

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