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

Launched in November 2014 by Chatham House’s patron HM The Queen, the Academy offers potential and established leaders from around the world the opportunity to spend up to twelve months as Academy fellows. Based in the unique and neutral venue of Chatham House, the Academy builds on the institute's international reputation for independent thinking, cutting-edge research and informed debate. It also takes advantage of Chatham House's location in the heart of London, one of the world's most vibrant and global cities. 

'Through its Academy, the Royal Institute of International Affairs is advancing the cause of independent thought and informed and accountable leadership – a vital goal in efforts to ensure a more peaceful and secure world in the decades ahead.'

HM Queen Elizabeth II

'Through the Academy, Chatham House will be able to support independent thinking at a critical moment and within a growing community of individuals from around the world who will be involved in affecting policy at the national, regional and international level.' 

Dr Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House

'This is a great opportunity for Chatham House to help develop the next generation of leaders around the world. During their time with the institute, fellows of the Academy will learn from each other, just as the institute's staff, members and guests will have the chance to learn from them.'

Xenia Wickett, Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy