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Asfari Fellowships

The Asfari Fellowships at Chatham House is a joint initiative of Chatham House and the Asfari Foundation. 


The purpose of this fellowship scheme is to offer potential and established civil society leaders from the Middle East the opportunity to further develop their understanding, ideas and approaches on the most pressing challenges facing the Arab world, in the unique and neutral venue of Chatham House.

The fellowships will be open to individuals who are resident citizens of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine or Syria, and displaced citizens of these countries living elsewhere in the Middle East. Candidates should be engaged in, or working with, civil society in these countries, whether they come from academia, NGOs, business, government departments, the professions or the media.

Fostering Leadership in Civil Society

Chatham House will provide a dynamic base within which the fellows can pursue their own research interests; further develop their personal interaction, communication, and leadership skills; extend their global networks; and deepen their expertise by contributing to the institute’s research and activities. This experience will inform the fellows’ contributions to improved regional and national decision-making on issues of great relevance to prosperity and security in the MENA region.

Two levels of fellowship are available: Asfari Fellowships and Asfari Senior Fellowships.

Asfari Fellowships are open to individuals at the mid-stage of their career. They will be offered a comprehensive 12-month programme of activities at the institute and will work towards producing a Chatham House publication from their research. This new generation of emerging leaders will bring fresh insights to debates on critical issues for their region, while gaining a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities of a competitive yet interdependent world.

Asfari Senior Fellowships are open to individuals at an advanced stage in their career. The senior fellowships will be flexible to allow for variations in the existing professional and family commitments of the candidates and will last between six and 12 months. These fellowships will provide an opportunity for established thought leaders to undertake a targeted research project of their own design, bring their particular expertise and perspective to UK and Western policy and public debates, and contribute to the life of the institute more generally.

Call for Applications 2014/15

Chatham House, in partnership with the Asfari Foundation, is pleased to invite applications for 2014/15. There is one Academy Fellowship available and two Senior Academy Fellowship positions.

The Fellows will be hosted by and based in one of three research teams at Chatham House: either International Security, Global Health Security or Middle East and North Africa. During this time, the fellow will conduct a research project of their own design on one of the research topics as specified below:

Research topics with International Security:

 1. The impact of insecurity on young people in the Middle East

 2. Security for the displaced (internal and external)

Research topics with Middle East and North Africa (MENA):

 1. Developments and changes in Palestine

 2. New actors and civil society

Research topics with Global Health Security:

 1. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Application process

Candidates are invited to apply for the Academy Fellowships for 2014/15. The application window opens from Tuesday 1 April 2014 until Sunday 1 June 2014. The Fellowship will start in September 2014 or February 2015.

To be eligible for the Academy Fellowship candidates must be resident citizens of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine or Syria, or displaced citizens of these countries living elsewhere in the Middle East. Full eligibility criteria can be found in the information pack below.

Please read the documents below to apply.

Download the information pack (pdf) >>

Download the application form (doc) >>

Download the flyer (pdf) >>


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