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Chatham House 2022-2023 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship for African Leaders

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

  • Completing a personal research project of the fellow’s choosing under the supervision of a Chatham House specialist (approximately 50 per cent).
  • As needed, contributing to the continuing study of their host research team and other Chatham House teams (approximately 20 per cent).
  • Participation in the Leadership Program at the Academy (approximately 30 per cent). The Leadership Program is an important component of the Academy’s fellowships. It allows fellows to expand their knowledge, skills, network, and self-awareness, all of which they can use in their future employment as effective leaders in their fields.

Leadership Programme

All Academy fellows take part in and contribute to the Academy’s Leadership Program, which consists of the following elements:

  • Intensive induction week
    Academy fellowships begin with a five-day orientation week at Chatham House to familiarize themselves with the fellowships and Leadership Programme, as well as meet their host research program and receive their first personal development coaching session.
  • Weekly discussion seminars
    These sessions focus on the key substantive and skill-based areas that the Academy believes are critical for informed and effective global leadership. Fellows are expected to contribute to each other’s experiences and learn from them.
  • Global Introductions off-site visits
    Fellows engage with executives and senior decision-makers from a variety of sectors during these half-day visits, which occur every two months. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, Standard Chartered, and Thomson Reuters have all been on previous visits.
  • Leadership workshops
    Fellows attend half-day workshops on various aspects of leadership every two months, such as “Leadership in a New Role” and “Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship.”
  • Project presentations
    Fellows give updates on their research projects, which helps them improve their presenting skills, provide a vital venue for peer assessment, and encourages them to think about and analyze issues outside of their field of expertise.
  • Personal development coaching
    Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellows 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 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.
  • Career mentors
    Fellows 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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About Chatham House

Lionel Curtis, a British diplomat, gave a barnstorming address to the British and American delegates to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.

Promoting a cause that would change the path of international affairs.

Curtis envisioned a non-profit organization whose mission would be to promote international understanding and cooperation via debate, dialogue, and independent analysis.

There were existing organizations dedicated to the promotion of science, medicine, and the arts.

Common Futures Conversations

Type – Internship

OrganisationChatham House

Country to study

School to study

Course to study – Not specified

State of Origin

Gender – Men and Women

Application Deadline – May 2, 2022

Benefits of Common Futures Conversations

This is an opportunity to join the Common Futures Conversations community, as an unpaid participant.

Requirements for Common Futures Conversations Qualification

Who are we looking for?

Anyone between 18 and 30 years old who is currently living in an African or European country.

We are looking for passionate and engaged people who are active in their local communities to volunteer to be part of this community.

We will grow our community based on a range of criteria in order to ensure the platform is as diverse and inclusive as possible.

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But we will not be judging anyone based on their educational or intellectual achievements.

You will not be required to have a university degree in a related field or have a career in policy.

You will need a working knowledge of English to participate.

Application Deadline

May 2, 2022

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Chatham House on to apply

Simply fill out the form to register your interest in taking part. We will then add you to our waiting list and contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you are able to join the platform. We may also contact you later in the year regarding related information, publications and events.

To apply, visit our current opportunities and use the online form when applications open.

For more details, visit Chatham House website.

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