Foundation series

Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship 2022/2023 for Young Emerging African Leaders (Fully Funded to London, UK and monthly stipend of £2,365)

Application deadline: April 25, 2022.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Scholarship is open to people who are dynamic, creative, motivated and enthusiastic about contributing to the research teams at Chatham House. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to analyze key global and national challenges and develop policy solutions.

Academy fellowships provide emerging leaders at the start and mid-point of their careers with the opportunity to develop their leadership, research, networking and communication skills, deepen their knowledge and understanding of critical issues in international affairs, publish written works and speak at key events. events, as well as expanding their personal networks and reach – all of which will enable them to contribute to positive change. Fellows join a diverse cohort of professionals from various sectors including academia, NGO, business, government, or media who are looking for the next step or transition in their careers.

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 safe, prosperous and just world. The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs was officially launched by the Patron of Chatham House, Her Majesty The Queen on 18 November 2014. It offers potential leaders around the world the opportunity to engage and contribute to the work and the mission. of Chatham House.


The scholarship is open to citizens of all African countries.

Applications will also be accepted from candidates holding dual nationality including any African country.


Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have experience in conducting research.


The ideal candidate should be early to mid-career and come from one or more of the following fields: academia, NGO, business, government departments, civil society or media. All applicants should possess knowledge of and interest in international affairs, their chosen area of ​​research and the mission and research of Chatham House.

Age restrictions

No age limit for applicants.


A Fellow’s time will be divided between three key areas:

  • Carry out a personal research project: The fellow will select and design a personal project to undertake with guidance from a Chatham House expert (approximately 50%).
  • Leadership Program: This is a key part of all scholarships. It aims to develop scholars’ knowledge, networking, self-awareness and equip them with important skills that they can build on in their future careers as leaders in their field (approximately 30%).
  • Contribute to ongoing research activities: In collaboration with their host research team and other Chatham House teams as appropriate, fellows will contribute to existing research priorities in line with Chatham House’s mission (approximately 20%).
leadership program

All Fellows participate in and contribute to the Leadership Program which includes the following:

  • Intensive integration week
    Academy fellowships begin with an intensive five-day introductory week to familiarize themselves with the elements of the fellowships, meet their host research program, and have their first personal development coaching session.
  • Weekly discussion seminars
    During these sessions, Fellows meet and discuss current international business challenges with subject matter experts from Chatham House and beyond. The sessions cover the main areas of background and skills essential for informed and effective international leadership. Fellows typically chair these sessions and are expected to contribute and learn from the experience of others.
  • Off-site visits to global introductions (subject to latest Covid-19 regulations)
    These half-day visits take place approximately every two months and allow fellows to meet high-level leaders and decision-makers from various sectors. Previous visits have included the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, Standard Chartered and Thomson Reuters.
  • Leadership workshops
    Every two months, Fellows participate in half-day workshops focusing on skill development in specific aspects of leadership such as “Leadership in a New Role” and “Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship” .
  • Project presentations
    Fellows present updates on their research projects to help develop presentation skills, provide a forum for peer review, and analyze issues outside their own area of ​​expertise.
  • Personal development coaching
    Fellows have access to individual sessions with a dedicated coach to develop their self-awareness. Fellows work with the coach to set personal development goals that they strive to achieve during their internship and beyond.
  • Media training
    Fellows learn effective interviewing skills needed for television and radio, culminating in a mock interview from which they receive feedback on style and areas for improvement.
  • Leadership in the 21st Century Information Breakfasts
    All Fellows receive priority access to the 21st Century Leadership Briefing Breakfast Series. There, they have the opportunity to discuss leadership experiences and learn in an informal setting with leaders from the government, business, media, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Career mentoring (optional)
    Scholars’ development is facilitated and supported by pairing them with mentors to enhance their perspective and career path.
Compensation and Benefits
  • The scholarship recipient will receive a monthly stipend of £2,365 which will cover living expenses in London, including accommodation, utilities, food, transport and other basic expenses.

The Academy will cover costs related to relocation, visas and payment of the UK Immigration Healthcare Surcharge which allows access to the UK National Health Service (Note: Applicants may be required to pay for dental and optical treatment and medication prescribed by a doctor), fieldwork and travel, research activities and eventual publication.

  • To apply for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowships, Chatham asks you to propose a research project that aims to contribute to the work, research priorities and mission of Chatham House.
  • Fellows are strongly encouraged to consider our existing research programs and develop research proposals that seek to contribute directly to our work on specific topics and regions. Below are some suggested topics for research projects.
  • You should consider how you can contribute to these priority research areas when designing your project proposal.


Applications are open between April 4 and 10 a.m. (BST) on April 25, 2022.


Academy Scholars will spend ten months at Chatham House between October 2022 and July 2023.


The Fellow will be based full-time at Chatham House in London. However, work patterns will be flexible and some aspects of the program may take place online, in line with Covid-19 safe working practices.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Scholarship 2022/2023