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2018 Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) Academy Africa Fellowship Details

Applications are currently being invited for the 2018 Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) Academy Africa Fellowship Details. Interested young Africans should see details below.


Fellowship Description

Chatham House is pleased to invite applicants for the Academy Africa Fellowship in the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs.

Application Deadline

29th April 2018

Eligible Countries

Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, or South Africa.

Host Country

The fellow will be based full-time at Chatham House, London. UK

Eligibility Criteria

  • The fellowship is open to citizens of Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, or South Africa.
  • Applications will 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, 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 in ‘Research Topics.’

Selection Criteria

Our best candidates typically possess many or all of the following characteristics:

  • Clear evidence of their leadership experience and background (personal or professional).
  • Ability to explore problems with a holistic and inclusive perspective, with a natural curiosity towards issues and areas in the broader environment around their more specific research area of expertise.
  • An original, relevant and clear research project proposal – feasible in the given timeline of the fellowship.
  • Relevant background experience, demonstrated through their curriculum vitae.
  • Strong track record in their area of expertise, including delivering research
  • Good writing and presentation skills and a publishing record.
  • Awareness of the international context of their research.
  • A post-fellowship plan indicating how the candidate will apply their skills, knowledge and experience to impact and influence in their home country or region.
  • A clear vision of their contribution to the Academy programme and fellowship cohort.

Applicants must adhere to stated word limits and are advised to read through the information on the Academy’s webpages before applying. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered, nor will any additional or supplementary materials.

Fellowship Value and Benefits

The fellow will receive a monthly stipend of £2,228.  Modest provision is made for the costs of relocation, fieldwork, and possible publication costs.

Fellowship Duration

A fellow’s time (10 months) will be split between three key areas:

  • Completing a personal research project of the fellow’s own design undertaken with the guidance of a Chatham House expert, (approximately 50%).
  • Contributing to the ongoing research activities of their host research team and other Chatham House teams as appropriate (approximately 20%).
  • Participation in the Academy’s Leadership Programme (approximately 30%). The Leadership Programme is a key part of the Academy fellowships. It provides fellows with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills, network and self-awareness, which they can then draw upon in their future careers as effective leaders in their field.

How to Apply

The recruitment round for 2018 is between 12th March and 29th April, 2018 applications made outside of this period will not be considered. Apply using the application form.

For more information on the application process please follow this link.

Fellowship Webpage

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