The Academy only accepts applications made through the online application portal.

For the Robert Bosch Programme (Russia and Eurasia), please check here.

Please note that we do not accept applications outside of our recruitment rounds.

Stage 1: Complete our online application form - spring 2018

The Academy only accepts applications made via out online application portal. You can review and save your application as you go and you are recommended to proof-read your application carefully before submitting it. Please ensure that you enter the correct contact information for your referees.

All applicants will receive notification by email confirming receipt of their application.

Usually within two to three weeks of the closing date applicants will be notified by email whether their application has been shortlisted for interview or not.

We regret we cannot provide feedback on applications that are not shortlisted for interview.

There is no application fee for any Academy fellowships.

Research topic
Applicants must propose a research project that fits within the topics advertised for each fellowship.

Supporting documentation
To complete your online application you will be required to submit with it a 2-page copy of your curriculum vitae and a writing sample (maximum 10 A4 pages only). You must be the sole author of your writing sample and it must be in English (or an English translation completed by you).

Stage 2: Shortlisting

Applications will be reviewed by the Academy, Chatham House experts and representatives of supporting foundations as appropriate.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Nationality eligibility requirements.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to completing and contributing to the Leadership Programme.
  • The relevance and clarity of the proposed research project, as demonstrated through the project proposal.
  • Relevant background experience, as demonstrated through the curriculum vitae.
  • Sufficient English-language ability, as demonstrated through submitted writing sample.
  • Motivation for undertaking the fellowship and for contributing to the candidate's home country or region, as demonstrated through the online application form.

The referees of shortlisted applications will be contacted and applicants will be notified by email whether they will be invited to interview. 

Stage 3: Interviews

Interviews will be conducted via Skype (or in person in London for applicants to the Robert Bosch Fellowship (Russia and Eurasia).

The interview committee will be drawn from Chatham House senior management, external advisers and supporting foundations as appropriate.

The decision of the interview committee is final and no appeals will be permitted. All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their applications by email.

Stage 4: Awarding a fellowship

If your application was successful:
Applicants who are successful in their interview will be notified by email and receive contracts setting out the terms and conditions of the fellowship. For more information on these terms and conditions, stipend levels, relocation allowances, accommodation, and welfare, please refer to our FAQ page. 

If your application was unsuccessful:
Applicants who are unsuccessful in their interview will be notified by email and feedback provided where possible. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to review this feedback and to re-apply for future fellowships where their research may be relevant. We regret we cannot provide feedback on application who are not shortlisted for interview. 

Our best candidates typically possess many or all of the following characteristics:

  • Clear evidence of their leadership experience and background (personal or professional).
  • Ability to explore problems with a holistic and inclusive perspective, with a natural curiosity towards issues and areas in the broader environment around their more specific research area of expertise.
  • An original, relevant and clear research project proposal - feasible in the given timeline of the fellowship.
  • Relevant background experience, demonstrated through their curriculum vitae.
  • Strong track record in their area of expertise, including delivering research
  • Good writing and presentation skills and a publishing record.
  • Awareness of the international context of their research.
  • A post-fellowship plan indicating how the candidate will apply their skills, knowledge and experience to impact and influence in their home country or region.
  • A clear vision of their contribution to the Academy programme and fellowship cohort.

Applicants must adhere to stated word limits and are advised to read through the information on the Academy’s webpages before applying. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered, nor will any additional or supplementary materials.

The Academy will maintain close contact with fellows after the completion of their fellowship when it is hoped that the fellow will develop his or her career in a related field, contribute to the understanding and practice of international affairs, and continue to remain involved with the institute.

Academy associate status

Chatham House may offer Academy fellows the opportunity to hold Academy associate status. This  provides an affiliation with Chatham House for up to two years after the completion of a fellowship and will become active upon the publication of their research.  The status will reflect an ongoing connection and contribution to the institute and will only be given to fellows who have performed to a high level and satisfactorily completed the full range of requirements of the fellowship.

Chatham House individual membership

Each fellow will receive complimentary individual membership of Chatham House for five years following the completion of the fellowship. For more details of the benefits of Chatham House membership, please click here.