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Open Society University Network Academy Fellowships 2021

London, United Kingdom

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute. Based in London, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs was formally launched by the patron of Chatham House, Her Majesty The Queen, on 18 November 2014. It offers potential leaders from around the world the opportunity to get involved and contribute to the work which Chatham House does.

Academy fellowships provide emerging leaders at the mid-point of their careers with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge, publish, speak at events, expand their personal networks, and further develop an understanding of critical issues in international affairs, which will enable them to contribute to positive change in their home countries and broader region. Fellows join a diverse cohort of professionals from a variety of sectors including academia, NGOs, business, government or the media who are looking for the next step or transition in their career.

To apply for our 2021 Fellowships, we ask that you propose a research project that aims to contribute to Chatham House's work on the promise and challenge of inclusive global governance in the 21st century. OSUN Academy Fellowships will contribute to the Fellows’ on-going research projects and enhance their engagement in OSUN academic and outreach programs. The candidates will define clear research objectives for the term of the Fellowship at Chatham House. These objectives will be well aligned with both the wider context of academic work of the Fellow and the thematic and regional questions of the existing research programs of Chatham House.

Fellows are strongly encouraged to consider our existing research programmes and develop a research proposal that seeks to make a direct contribution to our work on specific topics and regions and to link this to the challenge of regional and global governance.

Below you can see some suggested topic areas for research projects. You should take into consideration how you can contribute to these priority research areas when designing your project proposal.

Thematic questions

International Law

  • How are new alliances within and across societies responding to a deteriorating environment for human rights?
  • How can cities and regions contribute to the shaping of global goals and how are they innovating on delivery?
  • How can human rights standards drive action at national and global level on issues such as climate change, digital governance and inequalities?

Global Economy and Finance

  • Are existing institutions for managing the global economy able to cope with the greatest challenges we face today?

Global Health

  • Where might the COVID-19 crisis catalyse universal health reforms?
  • What global strategies will be most effective for responding to challenges such as Covid-19 and antimicrobial resistance?

Energy, Environment and Resources

  • What has been the impact of COVID-19 on global and/or local climate governance?
  • What global strategies will be most effective for responding to challenges such as Climate Change?

International security

  • What are some of the emerging technologies that hold most potential in disrupting international security and why? Conversely, how can these same emerging technologies contribute to international security and why
  • How can nuclear arms control be revived in the 21st century, and what lessons can be learned from COVID-19 to inform the global and national nuclear weapons policies?
  • To what extent have the UN led efforts to govern cyberspace helped to achieve more accountable state behaviour?
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping geopolitics. What is the long term impact for international security and how will international alliances and institutions manage the escalating international tensions between large powers?

Regional questions

United States

  • How can the United States most productively engage in the mechanisms and institutions of global governance?
  • What is the trajectory for US-China relations? What is at stake for the rest of the world and especially Europe? How can the US-China relationship be managed?

Latin America

  • How is the political and diplomatic divergence within Latin America and the Caribbean affecting its global voice and integration across issues like multilateral cooperation, trade, security and human rights?
  • How is COVID-19 affecting inequality, social cohesion and political stability in Latin America and the Caribbean?


  • What lessons can be learned for regional governance from the political and economic challenges the EU has faced over the last decade?


  • How can inclusive, sustainable growth and accountable governance be achieved in Africa?
  • How can efforts towards achieving Africa's Integrated Maritime Strategy for maritime governance, development and security by 2050 be built upon?


  • What are the implications of rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific region for regional and global governance?
  • What are the broader implications of China’s rise and Asia's development for global governance?

Russia and Eurasia

  • How can governments and non-state actors be encouraged to deliver good governance with security in the Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries?
  • Evolution or revolution in Russia? What do the new elite dynamics (central and regional), changing public attitudes and broader economic developments mean for the country’s future and its relationship with the West?


Eligibility for this fellowship is restricted to individuals affiliated with the Open Society University Network (OSUN) – scholars who are based at OSUN partner institutions and are involved in on-going and developing OSUN projects and programs.

Eligible OSUN institutions:

  • Al-Quds University/Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences
  • American University of Beirut
  • American University of Bulgaria
  • American University of Central Asia
  • Arizona State University
  • Ashesi University
  • Bard College
  • Bard College Berlin
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • BRAC University
  • Central European University
  • European Humanities University
  • National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
  • Sciences Po
  • SOAS University of London
  • Universidad de los Andes
  • Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen
  • Rift Valley Institute
  • Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research


Two types of fellowship are available:

  1. The junior fellowships are aimed at scholars at the early to mid-stage of their career (i.e. doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers and fellows).
  2. The senior fellowships are aimed at senior scholars and faculty with demonstrated excellence in their chosen area of research.

Overall, the fellowship is aimed at researchers and university faculty, in particular scholars leading or contributing to OSUN programs, and aims at supporting the linkage between the OSUN partners and a global community of experts and practitioners in global governance.


Benefits include full access to the Academy’s Leadership Programme and Alumni Programme. Fellows also have access to the staff canteen providing complimentary tea, coffee and lunch and many more benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. Modest provision is also made for the costs of relocation, fieldwork, and possible publication costs.

Closing date: 14th October at 5pm UK Time

Contract type: Fellows are expected to work full-time towards their fellowship throughout the 2 month duration

Monthly stipend: £2,300 - £5,000

To apply, please complete the application form and submit a copy of your CV.

We will conduct online interviews in October 2020.