Chatham House, Richard and Susan Hayden Academy Fellowship 2021

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. Your proposal should consider how your country or region has been affected – positively or negatively – by aspects of global governance. For example, you might ask: What influence have international organisations (or any single IO) had on your country or region? In what ways can international organisations help your country or region confront the challenges it faces? What are the lessons for rules-based international organisations from dealings with your country/region? How is your country/region conforming to/straying from norms of rules-based governance?

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.

Click here see some suggested topic areas for research projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Citizenship: This fellowship is open to citizens of all countries.

Education: It is required that the applicant holds a completed BA degree or equivalent. A Masters degree with an international focus is preferred.

Career: The fellowship is aimed at candidates at the early to 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.

This fellowship is generously supported by Richard and Susan Hayden.


Monthly stipend: £2,365
Benefits include full access to the Academy’s Leadership Programme, Alumni Programme, complimentary Chatham House membership and Academy Associate status (awarded upon the successful completion of the fellowship). 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.


The fellow will be based full-time at Chatham House, London. Please note that our residential fellowships will resume in January 2021, with the expectation that fellows will be based in London. However, working patterns will be flexible and some aspects of the programme may be held online in line with safe Covid-19 working practices.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online

Deadline 20th September at 11:59pm UK Time

More Information


  • Fellows are expected to work full-time towards their fellowship throughout the 10 month duration
  • We will conduct online interviews in October 2020.