Fellowships and Leadership Programme

We offer fellowships of up to ten months per year to the world’s emerging leaders. Apply to develop your research and leadership skills at a leading policy institute.

Our Queen Elizabeth II Academy Fellowships and Leadership Programme develop future policy makers and drives positive change in world affairs.

We offer up to ten fellowships per year, to early and mid-career leaders. Our leadership programme supports the development of future policymakers with the ambition of driving positive change in world affairs.

Academy fellowships are an exciting opportunity to:

  • Build confidence and leadership skills;
  • Grow an understanding of critical international affairs issues and how to respond to them;
  • Develop a research project at a world-leading policy institute at a pivotal moment in a career;
  • Utilise mentoring opportunities for personal and professional growth; and
  • Connect with like minded individuals and cultivate life-long relationships across our network.

The fellowship has helped me see a bigger picture of the matters I work on as a lawyer. Additionally, during the pandemic Chatham House expanded its platforms with new audiences, especially young people, and built bridges when state borders were closing.

Kateryna Busol, Former Robert Bosch Stiftung Academy Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, 2019/20

Programme in numbers

Over the years, the Fellowships and Leadership Programme has hosted a number of promising young leaders from across the world.

What is involved?

What is involved?

Academy fellows spend up to ten months at Chatham House. They join a diverse group of professionals all looking to take the next step in their careers.

Fellowships provide the opportunity to develop in four key areas:

  • Knowledge: Develop a deep understanding of a policy challenge and how it might be overcome through research;
  • Skills: Acquire leadership skills through workshops and training;
  • Networking: Work with leading experts in international affairs and build lasting connections;
  • Self awareness: Build confidence, communication and presentation skills through one-to-one coaching, media training and public speaking.

The curriculum is divided into three elements:

  • 50% working on a personal research project;
  • 30% enhancing leadership skills; and
  • 20% working on Chatham House projects.

All our fellows receive financial help and access to Chatham House’s resources. On successful completion of the fellowship, fellows receive discretionary Academy associate status and associate membership for a limited time.


If you are interested in our fellowships, our leadership programme or if you would like information on providing funding for or partnering with the Academy, please contact us.

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