Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship.



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Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship

The fellowship is opened to citizens of Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This fellowship is a joint initiative with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. It offers candidates at the mid-stage of their career the opportunity to spend ten months at Chatham House working on a personal project of their choosing.

Fellows take part in the core work of the Institute, developing their skills through the leadership programme, and furthering their professional network in the field of international affairs.

Applications are open between Friday 4 June 2021 and Monday 28 June 2021 at 5pm (BST).

Requirements and fellowship structure

Who can apply?


The fellowship is open to citizens of Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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


Applicants must hold a completed BA degree or equivalent. Master’s degree with an international focus is preferred.


The ideal candidate should be at the mid-stage of their career and come from one of the following fields or work: academia, NGO, business, government departments, civil society or the media. They should have knowledge of and an interest in the policy challenges related to global governance.

Age restrictions

We do not impose age restrictions for applicants. However, Academy fellowships are aimed at individuals at the mid-stage of their career.

Can I undertake other work or study at the same time as my fellowship?

Fellows are expected to work full-time towards their fellowship and therefore it is not possible to undertake a fellowship at the same time as pursuing work or studies (such as for a PhD).

Applications are open between Friday 4 June 2021 and Monday 28 June 2021 at 5pm (BST).

How long and where?


The fellowship lasts ten months between October 2021 and July 2022.


The fellow will be based full-time at Chatham House in London. However, working patterns will be flexible and some aspects of the programme may be held online, in line with safe Covid-19 working practices.

How is structured and what are the benefits?

Remuneration and benefits

A fellow’s time will be split between three key areas: 

  • Completing a personal research project: the fellow will choose and design a personal project to undertake with the guidance of a Chatham House expert (approximately 50%).
  • Contributing to the ongoing research activities: working with their host research team and other Chatham House teams as appropriate (approximately 20%).
  • Leadership Programme: it is a key part of all fellowships. It aims to develop fellows knowledge, network, self-awareness and to equip them with important skills on which they can draw in their future careers as leaders in their field (approximately 30%).

The fellow will receive a monthly stipend of £2,365. Modest provision is made for the costs of relocation, fieldwork and possible publication costs.

The stipend will cover London living costs, including accommodation, utilities, food, transport and other basic expenses. The following is intended to provide a rough guide on the cost of living essentials in London.

  • Accommodation: £125-150 per week for a shared house or room in halls of residence.
  • Bills (e.g. water, electricity, gas, internet): £70-100 per month.
  • Food: £40-60 per week.
  • Transport: £25-40 per week. Buying a monthly or annual Oyster travelcard will provide the best value.

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