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



The fellowship is open to citizens of Greece.

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 the Mediterranean
The research will be aimed at informing policymakers of improved approaches to cyber security in the Mediterranean. 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 the Mediterranean

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

Research topics with the Centre on Global Health Security

Access to medicines in Greece
The Centre on Global Health Security has been running a successful programme of work around Universal Health Coverage for over 2 years, which includes research into access to medicines. As such, the programme would be very interested in hosting an Academy Fellow focussed on researching the current situation in Greece, where access to treatment for non-communicable and chronic diseases poses a challenge for the Greek health system. There have also been shortages of key medicines such as antiretroviral for HIV positive patients.  The current situation affects the migrant and refugee population in the country too, so research on this theme would possibly include these groups too.

Risk of sexually transmitted infections for migrants and refugees engaged in sex work in Greece/Europe
In 2015, almost 90,000 asylum seekers in Europe were considered to be unaccompanied minors. These children are at high risk of sexual exploitation and violence.  Medical NGOs working with young asylum seekers have found that a significant proportion have a sexually transmitted infection and are at risk of contracting further infections. This population has little access to information, medical services and may rely on sex work for livelihood.

For more information about the work of the Centre on Global Health Security 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 decarbonization affect the future of work?

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

Should you have any further queries please contact us at [email protected].

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellowship is a joint initiative between Chatham House and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.