Chatham House is pleased to invite applicants for the Academy Asia Fellowship in the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs.



The fellowship is open to citizens of Afghanistan, Australia, the People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan and South Korea.

Applications will also be accepted from applicants holding dual nationality which includes one of these countries.


It is required that the applicant holds a completed BA degree or equivalent, Masters degree with an international focus is preferred.


The fellowship is aimed at candidates at the mid-stage of their career and who come from academia, NGOs, business, government departments, civil society or the media. They should possess knowledge of, and an interest in, one of the policy-related challenges laid out in the research topics in ‘Research Topics.’

The 2017 call for applications has ended. The next call for applications will open in spring 2018. 

The fellow will receive a monthly stipend of £2,160.  Modest provision is made for the costs of relocation, fieldwork, and possible publication costs.

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

  • Completing a personal research project of the fellow's own design undertaken with the guidance of a Chatham House expert, (approximately 50%).
  • Contributing to the ongoing research activities of their host research team and other Chatham House teams as appropriate (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

All Academy fellows participate in, and contribute to, the Academy’s Leadership Programme which encompasses the following components:

  • 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.
  • Personal development coaching
    Fellows join the Academy seeking to grow their self-awareness through monthly one-on-one sessions with a dedicated coach, with whom they set personal development objectives which they work to meet during their fellowship and beyond.
  • Media training
    Fellows learn how to interview effectively on television and radio, culminating in a mock interview from which they receive feedback on their presentation style and any areas of improvement
  • ‘Leaders Who Lunch’
    Academy fellows will have priority in participating in the ‘Leaders Who Lunch’ 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.
  • Career mentors
    Fellows have the option to have an external career mentor during their fellowship. Mentors are independent of the Academy and Chatham House and are picked individually for each fellow based on their career objectives.

The fellowship is for a 10-month term from mid-September 2017 to mid-July 2018.

The fellow will be based full-time at Chatham House, London.

Fellows are hosted by and based in research teams at Chatham House. During the fellowship, the fellow will conduct a research project of their own design which falls within the research topics below.

The parameters for the research topics have been designed in broad terms to allow applicants to devise a project that appeals to their own research interests.

Below are the research topics from 2017-18 but please note these are likely to change for the 2018-19 fellowships.

Research topics with the International Security Department

Cyber security in Asia
The research will be aimed at informing policymakers of improved approaches to cyber security in Asia. This project is based on the need for a multi-faceted approach to combating cyber-crime, providing effective measures against criminal activities to reduce harms, whilst promoting enabled gains and dividends through an improved digital economy to encourage users to better manage their cyber hygiene.  This project will aim to build an evidence base of research on the extent, trends and causes and contributing factors to cyber vulnerabilities of the digital economy in Asia.

More information about the work of the International Security Department and the context for this research topic, please click here.

Research topics with the International Law Programme

Law and war: promoting respect and improving compliance
Violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including the deliberate targeting of civilians, schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure, the use of sexual violence as a weapon and destruction of cultural heritage, are widespread in current armed conflicts. What can be done to improve compliance with these rules of international law? Project proposals may take either a broad approach to this question or be focused on specific types of violation or particular kinds of actors. This research will contribute to the International Law Programme’s continuing work on contemporary challenges for law in armed conflict.

For more information about the work of the International Law Programme and the context for this research topic, please click here.

Research topics with the Energy, Environment and Resources Department

Deep decarbonization and the future of work/capital
The transition to a low carbon, climate resilient economy is creating new disruptions. How will the structural changes associated with deep decarbonisation affect the future of work?

China, green finance and natural resources
China’s overseas investments are having a major impact on natural resources production, processing and trade. At the same time, high priority is being given to green finance by the country, while there is also growing awareness of the need to adequately address environmental and social risks of investments within the finance community. Proposals are called for related to how these trends within the financial community could help drive more sustainable investment patterns, and ensure that China becomes a partner for sustainable growth in developing countries.

For more information about the work of the Energy, Environment and Resources Department and the context for this research topic, please click here.

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