The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs

We offer fellowships of up to ten months to the world’s emerging leaders. Apply to develop your research and leadership skills at a leading policy institute.

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 leadership skills;

  • Grow understanding of critical international affairs issues;

  • Connect with Chatham House’s unique expert network.

The fellowship has helped me see a bigger picture of the matters I work on as a lawyer. Additionally, during the pandemic Chatham House expanded its platforms with new audiences, especially young people, and built bridges when state borders were closing.

Kateryna Busol, former Robert Bosch Stiftung Academy Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, 2019/20

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. They join a diverse group of professionals all looking to take the next step in their careers.

Fellowships provide the opportunity to develop in four key areas:

  • Knowledge: Develop a deep understanding of a policy challenge and how it might be overcome through research;

  • Skills: Acquire leadership skills through workshops and training;

  • Networking: Work with leading experts in international affairs and build lasting 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 leadership skills;

  • 50% working on a personal research project.

All our fellows receive financial help and access to Chatham House’s resources. On successful completion of the fellowship, fellows receive discretionary Academy associate status and associate membership for a limited time.

    Who can apply?

    Fellows usually are from business, NGOs, government, academia, media and civil society.

    Nationality, education, and affiliation requirements vary across fellowships.

    All applicants must have at least a bachelor’s qualification or an equivalent.


    If you are interested in our fellowships, 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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