Prospective fellows should be driven by a set of common values including a commitment to transparency, accountability and shared responsibility. They should be ready to explore new approaches, to learn new skills and to apply these.

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Academy fellowships are currently available to applicants from the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Syria
  • Ukraine

If you fulfil the nationality eligibility requirements for a specific fellowship but currently live in another country such as the UK or the US you may still apply but preference will be given to applicants who are currently working in these countries and who would stand to benefit most from undertaking the fellowship. Applications will be accepted from applicants holding dual nationality which includes one of these countries. 

Research topic

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

Academic qualifications

Academy fellowship candidates should, at a minimum, have completed a BA degree or equivalent, although an MA degree with an international focus is  preferred.  

Academy fellows will be in the early stages of their career, have between two to five years of relevant work experience, and have demonstrated evidence of consistent achievement.  

Academy senior fellows will be at a more advanced stage of their career and will have completed their MA or a PhD, with an international focus. In addition, they should have at least eight years’ postgraduate experience and a strong record of achievements.

Language skills

We expect all our fellows to have good levels of English, both written and verbal. While we do not require a TEFL or similar standard, this will be evaluated through the recruitment process.

Applicants should bear the following points in mind when preparing their application. The 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 record of achievements in their area of expertise, including delivering research, sufficient English-language ability, as demonstrated through their writing sample.
  • Good writing and presentation skills and a publishing record.
  • Awareness of the international context of their research.
  • A post-fellowship plan which indicates 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 the Academy’s webpages before applying. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered, nor will any additional or supplementary materials.

The Academy opens its call for applications once every year and does not accept applications outside these calls. Once a call has been opened, applicants will be able to download from each fellowship page the two documents needed to apply: the application form and the information pack.

  • Information pack: Provides background information on eligibility criteria, topics under which a research project can be proposed, remuneration, visas and conditions of the fellowship.
  • Application form: Provides applicants with the opportunity to detail their leadership experience, aptitude for the fellowship, research proposal, and outline their post-fellowship plans.

Application forms and supporting documents should be submitted to the Academy by email or post. Applicants will receive an automated email acknowledging receipt of their application when it has been received. The application form and information pack specific to each fellowship details the email address to which completed applications should be sent. The Academy's postal address is available on the Contact the Academy page.

You do not need to send letters of reference with your application but ensure your application form includes the names, affiliations, work addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of two referees and indicate your relationship to them. If you are shortlisted, we will contact the referees directly.

All applicants will be notified by email whether their application has been shortlisted for interview or not, usually within two to three weeks of the closing date.  Please note, there is no application fee for any Academy fellowships.

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.  

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.