About the Academy

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. Our 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. 

Fellows are recruited from an open application call and selected on the basis of their leadership potential and experience, an innovative and realistic research proposal, and a clear desire to use their fellowship to apply creative and effective responses to current and future policy challenges. During the fellowship, fellows are hosted by a Chatham House research team and participate in Academy activities at Chatham House and externally. The Academy welcomes approximately 10-15 fellows per year and pays a basic stipend to cover the costs of accommodation and subsistence in London.

There are two tiers of fellowship within the Academy – fellows and senior fellows.

  • Academy fellows spend up to 12 months at Chatham House. Academy fellows are promising 'next generation' leaders in the early stages of their career looking to develop their thinking on the most pressing national and international challenges and opportunities facing their countries and regions. We anticipate most fellows would have at least 5 years work or postgraduate experience behind them.
  • Academy senior fellows spend six months at Chatham House. Academy senior fellows are established experts and practitioners at a more advanced stage in their career. Senior fellowships provide such practitioners with the time to explore a topic of interest in depth whilst also taking part in and contribute to the Academy’s activities. Most senior fellows would have at least 10 years work or academic experience.

Academy fellows will be self-starters who have shown experience in generating and implementing innovative ideas. They are curious about the world and recognize the interdependence of the challenges the world faces and therefore the need and value of an holistic vision and analysis. Being open to new topics and thinking, fellows will be collaborative, and as ready to contribute their knowledge and experience as to learn from their colleagues and experts.

Learn more about our current and past Academy fellows.

A selection of outputs by our Academy fellows is available on our Academy publications page.

In order to achieve the goals of the fellowship, there are three elements of the fellowships:

  • Leadership Programme: Our Leadership Programme incorporates professional development training, leadership coaching and engagement with policy- and decision-makers in the UK and internationally. The programme is integral to the fellowships and gives fellows unique and privileged access to senior decision-makers. This includes, but is not limited to, weekly seminar-style discussions, bimonthly workshops on issues of leadership, personal development coaching, and external career mentoring.
  • Personal research project. Fellows are expected to undertake a personal research project under the oversight of a senior Chatham House researcher. This should result in a Chatham House publication, event, or a combination of these outputs. The role of research within the fellowship is to support individuals in setting innovative research agendas which can have impact on issues of importance in their home region. Research should foster collaborative working and explore the different perspectives influencing these issues. The personal research project takes up approximately 50 per cent of a fellow’s time and a modest fieldwork budget is available.
  • Chatham House research: Fellows also contribute to the activities of Chatham House’s research departments, programmes and centres. Through these activities fellows gain experience in the work of Chatham House as an internationally respected policy institute, and have the opportunity to gain research experience, present and moderate at events, build professional networks, and learn from acknowledged experts. Assisting in the work of a host research team takes up approximately 20 per cent of a fellow’s time.

An intensive five-day induction introduces new fellows to the working practices they need to complete their fellowship successfully and the key trends and themes which will be explored in the Leadership Programme. 

The Academy wants fellows to remain engaged with Chatham House and its work, and if a fellow fulfils the expectations of the Academy and their host research department or programme, they can be nominated to become an Academy associate. Academy associates are able to continue their affiliation with Chatham House for up to two years after their fellowship ends.   

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Related documents

Academy Brochure
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Fellow Biographies 2014-16
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