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Fully-funded Academy Asia Fellowship 2018/19 at London

Deadline: April 29, 2018

Chatham House is pleased to invite applicants for the Academy Asia Fellowship in the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs. The Asia Fellowship supports one Academy fellow each year who spends ten months at Chatham House.  This Academy Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of Mr Richard Hayden.

The fellowship is for a 10-month term from mid-September 2018 to mid-July 2019. The fellow will be based full-time at Chatham House, London.

Research Topics

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 for the 2018-19 fellowships.

  • Research topics with the Asia-Pacific Programme
    • Technology, society and Asia
    • Countering violent extremism/fundamentalisms in Asia
    • China’s evolving role in global governance
  • Research topics with the International Security Department
    • New technologies and their impact on international security, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI) or on space
  • Research topics with the Centre on Global Health Security
    • Global health and the Belt and Road Initiative
    • The rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Asia
    • Healthcare in conflict
  • Research topics with Global Economy and Finance
    • Trade agreements as a tool of international relations
  • Research topics with the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy
    • Policy lessons and levers that drive behavioural shift towards more sustainable consumption – whether at individual or corporate level

Fellowship Structure

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.

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 fellow will receive a monthly stipend of £2,228.  Modest provision is made for the costs of relocation, fieldwork, and possible publication costs.


  • The fellowship is open to citizens of Afghanistan, Australia, the People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan and South Korea.
  • 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.’


Please submit the following documents together in pdf format to [email protected]:

  • Completed application form
  • CV
  • Scanned copy of the photo page of your passport
  • One short published writing sample in english. You must be the sole author of the writing sample and it must be no longer than 10 A4 pages.

All documents must be submitted in english. Should you have any further queries please contact us at [email protected].

Download the application form.

For more information, visit Chatham House.