Our Academy for Leadership develops future policy makers and drives positive change in world affairs.

We offer between six and ten fellowships per year, to early and mid-career leaders.

Academy fellowships are an exciting opportunity to:

  • Develop a research project at a world famous policy institute;
  • Develop your leadership skills;
  • Grow your understanding of critical international affairs issues;
  • Speak at Chatham House events;
  • Connect with our unique expert network.

I met exceptional leaders and a wide network of high-level experts from different fields. I was inspired by the richness of expertise I was exposed to. It certainly helped widen my perspective to what leaders of today need to do, to contribute to a positive change in the world.

Joyce Hakmeh, Asfari Foundation Academy Fellow, International Security Department 2016-17

Academy in numbers

Over the years, the Academy 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. As a fellow, you will join a diverse group of professionals all looking to take the next steps in their careers.

Fellowships provide the opportunity to develop in four key areas:

  • Knowledge: Develop your understanding of a policy challenge and how it might be overcome through research;
  • Skills: Acquire leadership skills through workshops and training;
  • Networking: Work alongside world-leading experts in international affairs and build 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:

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

All our fellows receive financial support and access to Chatham House resources. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, you will receive discretionary Academy Associate status and associate membership for a limited time. 

    Who can apply?

    Academy fellows have backgrounds in business, NGOs, government, academia, media and civil society.

    Nationality, education, and affiliation requirements vary across fellowships.

    All applicants must have at least a BA qualification or an equivalent. If you are unsure about your qualification contact us to discuss your options.


    If you are interested in our fellowships or 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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    There are a few ways you can support the work that we do, including donating, becoming a member, or leaving a legacy.