AFRICAP Fellowship

Chatham House
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 18

Position description

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. The Energy, Environment and Resources Department (EER) carries out independent, thought-leading research on critical issues of energy security, environmental protection and resource governance.

In collaboration with Chatham House’s Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs (the Academy), EER are offering two AFRICAP fellowship placements from 30 September 2019 to 20 December 2019 and intend to offer two further placements over the same period in 2020. Applications are open to employees of project partners based in AFRICAP focal countries; we intend to offer one fellowship per focal country. The fellowships will focus on policy leadership, through training and capacity-building from the Academy as well as providing Chatham House EER and Country Node staff the opportunity to work together on AFRICAP policy analyses, based on evidence generated by the project. 

Closing date for applications for the 2019 round is 09:00 BST on Monday 8 July 2019. We will invite shortlisted applicants to a telephone/Skype interview during the week commencing 15 July 2019 and hope to confirm fellows by the week commencing 29 July 2019. Please note that all sections of the application form are mandatory and must be completed to be considered for the fellowship.

Chatham House is an equal opportunity organisation and values diversity. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.


Background Information

Chatham House

Chatham House is a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous, secure and sustainable world for all. The Institute’s convening power attracts world leaders and the best analysts in their respective fields from across the globe. Founded in 1920, Chatham House engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debate and confidential discussion of the most significant developments in international affairs. Each year, the Institute runs more than 300 private and public events – conferences, workshops and roundtables – in London and internationally with partners. The institute undertakes rigorous analysis with the aim of setting the agenda and shaping policy by encouraging forward thinking in international affairs. Structured around five areas: Area Studies and International Law; Energy, Environment and Resource Governance; International Economics; International Security; and Global Health Security. 

Energy, Environment and Resources Department 

The Energy, Environment and Resources (EER) research department works to advance the international debate on energy, environment and resources policy and to influence and enable decision-makers and stakeholders to take well-informed decisions that contribute to both achieving sustainable development and mitigating potential future climate and resource-related insecurities. The impact of the EER’s work is recognized internationally and its research output is widely read throughout the policy community. Innovative ideas and strategies adopted by governments, businesses, foundations and international organisations include the proposal for the regional low carbon piloting and intensity targets in China that were articulated in China’s 12th Five Year Plan, the development of Low Carbon Zones in Ethiopia, and higher ambition energy efficiency targets across the Gulf states. Analysis on progress on shale gas, oil prices, illegal logging policies, famines and early warning systems, climate-friendly energy technologies, and diet and climate change have all injected the much-needed evidence base and policy options into critical but controversial areas. 

Chatham House’s involvement with AFRICAP

Chatham House’s EER department, together with the University of Leeds, are leading the policy design and implementation workstream with AFRICAP. Taking the evidence developed from AFRICAP research, modelling, and the participatory scenario workshops run in the first year of the project, we are working with local organizations and governments to design new policies that will facilitate climate-smart and sustainable agricultural development. We will be creating Special Agricultural Zones (SAZs) – large-scale areas in Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia – where policies can be piloted and refined, with the impacts assessed on controlled trial stations. This will enable faster evaluation, iteration, and identification of the best policies for broader implementation.

The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs

The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs (the Academy) offers potential and established leaders from around the world the opportunity to spend up to ten months at Chatham House.

Academy fellows are drawn from government and the broader policy community, the private sector, media and civil society. During their time at the Academy, fellows deepen their understanding of critical issues, learn new skills, develop their networks, and propose new ideas and solutions to complex policy challenges and opportunities. The Academy welcomes approximately 10-15 fellows per year from across the world.


Fellowship Details


AFRICAP Fellowships will last for 12 weeks from 30 September 2019 – 20 December 2019.


The fellow will be based full-time at Chatham House, London, with the possibility of spending one or two weeks at the University of Leeds.


Fellows will pursue AFRICAP-related research that is relevant to both their own organisation’s and Chatham House’s interests in the programme. Where possible, two AFRICAP fellowships will run concurrently so there is also the opportunity to collaborate with, and share learnings between, fellows from different focal countries. It is expected that successful recipients will present their work at a multi-stakeholder event hosted at Chatham House, as well as in internal meetings and discussions, including those forming part of the Academy’s Leadership Programme.

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

  • Continuation of their ongoing AFRICAP responsibilities, engaging with Chatham House and other AFRICAP fellows (as applicable), (approximately 50%).
  • Contributing to the ongoing AFRICAP (and other, as appropriate) research activities of the host Chatham House research team (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. 

Leadership Programme

AFRICAP fellows will have the opportunity to participate in, and contribute to, the Academy’s Leadership Programme during their time at Chatham House. The different components of the 10-month Academy Leadership Programme – broadly focussing on global governance – are described below, though not all of these are guaranteed to occur during the period of the AFRICAP fellowship. The AFRICAP fellowship will be scheduled to start at the same time as Academy fellowships so participants can benefit from the induction week.

Intensive induction week

Academy fellowships begin with an intensive five-day induction week at Chatham House to become familiarized with the elements of the fellowships and the Leadership Programme, meet their host research programme, 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 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 present updates on their research projects which help fellow develop presentation skills, provide a valuable forum for peer-review and to think about and analyse issues outside their own area of expertise.

'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. Past events have included the director of the BBC Online project and the former deputy assistant to President Obama and national security advisor to Vice-President Biden.


We encourage multiple applications from each AFRICAP country node organisation. We seek individuals who are dynamic, creative, driven and excited to contribute to our research. Across Chatham House, our research is designed to analyse key global and national challenges and develop innovative and effective policy solutions.


Applicants are expected to hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, a Master’s degree with an international or policy focus is preferred.


The fellowship is aimed at candidates at the mid-stage of their career and who come from backgrounds in academia, NGOs, business, government departments, civil society or the media. Candidates should be current employees of AFRICAP country node organisations and should have been with their current employer and engaged in the AFRICAP programme for at least six months. They should possess knowledge of, and an interest in, the policy challenges related to national and global governance.

Please note the closing date for applications is 09:00 on Monday 8 July 2019.

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