Get up to £2,365 for Africans in the Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship 2021

Apply for the 2021 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship to undertake the Leadership program in International Affairs.

Selected applicants will receive financial aid while undertaking the program. 

Application Deadline: September 20, 2020.


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The selected fellow will receive:

  • A monthly stipend of £2,365. 
  • Modest provision for the costs of relocation, fieldwork, and possible publication costs.


To be eligible for the 2021 Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship Citizenship, the applicant must 

  • Be a citizen of any of the following eligible African countries-
    • Cameroon
    • Cote d’Ivoire
    • Nigeria
    • Sierra Leone
    • Ethiopia
    • Uganda
    • Mozambique
    • Zambia
  • Hold a completed B.A. degree or comparable qualification, Masters degree with an international focus is preferred.
  • Be at the mid-stage of their career and come from academia, NGOs, business, government departments, civil society or the media. 
  • Possess knowledge of, and an interest in, the policy challenges related to global governance laid out on the Fellowships page.


Selected fellows’ time 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 Program (approximately 30%). The Leadership Program 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. 

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Application Instructions

To apply for the program, 

  • Submit with your application the following documents:
    • CV/resumé
    • Names of two referees
    • A scanned copy of the photo page of your passport (to confirm you meet the nationality requirements)
  • Click here to apply 

About the Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship 2021

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship is a joint initiative between Chatham House and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship is a scheme in the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs.

The program will involve seminars, coaching sessions, and visits. 

Fellows will have the option to have an external career mentor during their fellowship. Mentors are independent of the Academy and Chatham House and are picked individually for each fellow based on their career objectives.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for application is 20th of September, 2020. 

Selected Academy fellows will  spend ten months at the Chatham House commencing from January 2021.

All Academy fellows will participate in, and contribute to, the Academy’s Leadership Program which consists of the following components:


  • Intensive induction week:


The Academy fellowships will begin with an intensive five-day induction week at Chatham House for fellows to become familiarized with the elements of the fellowships and the Leadership Program, meet their host research program, and have their first personal development coaching session.

  • Weekly discussion seminars:

These sessions highlight the principal substantive and skills-based areas the Academy believes vital for informed and effective international leadership. Fellows are expected to contribute to and learn from one another’s experience.


  • Global Introductions off-site visits:


These half-day visits take place approximately every two months and allow fellows to meet with leaders and senior decision-makers from a variety of sectors. Previous visits have included the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, Standard Chartered, and Thomson Reuters.


  • Leadership workshops:


Every two months fellows will participate in half-day workshops focusing on specific aspects of leadership such as ‘Leadership in a new role’ and ‘Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship’


  • Project presentations:


Fellows will present updates on their research projects which help them and other fellows develop presentation skills, provide a valuable forum for peer-review and to think about and analyse issues outside their own area of expertise.


  • Personal development coaching:


Fellows will join the Academy seeking to grow their self-awareness through monthly one-on-one sessions with a dedicated coach, with whom they set personal development objectives which they work to meet during their fellowship and beyond.


  • Media training: Fellows will learn how to interview effectively on television and radio, culminating in a mock interview from which they receive feedback on their presentation style and any areas of improvement
  • ‘Leadership in the 21st Century’ Breakfast Briefings:


Academy fellows will have priority in participating in the ‘Leadership in the 21st Century’ Breakfast Briefings series, giving them the opportunity to discuss leadership experiences and lessons in an informal setting with acknowledged leaders from government, business, media and the non-profit sectors.

The fellows will be based full-time at Chatham House, London with the expectation that the residential fellowships will resume in January 2021. 

However, working patterns will be flexible and some aspects of the program may be held online in line with safe Covid-19 working practices.

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