ALC Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women 2017/18 (fully funded)

ALC Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women 2017/18 (fully funded)

Deadline: April 30, 2017

The African Leadership Centre is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women for 2017/2018. This Fellowship is an intellectual and financial award to those who are able to portray convincing demonstrable or potential capacity to bring about intellectual, policy or other change in their field. The Fellowship is a postgraduate non-degree programme, and does not lead to an academic qualification. Since October 2011 the ALC, King’s College London and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, have delivered the Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women in partnership.

The ALC aims to build a new community of leaders generating cutting edge knowledge on peace, security and development. To this end, the ALC undertakes to do the following:

  • Create an enabling environment for ideas that are grounded in African realities;
  • Provide space for interaction with role models;
  • Build capacity for independent thinking;
  • Expand the knowledge base to develop transformational ideas that can be nurtured to create visions of change;
  • Create opportunities to transfer knowledge to achieve multiplier effects for communities;
  • Connect with processes nationally, regionally and globally, especially in the field of peace and security; and
  • Build lasting partnerships that will maintain an African-led vision of change.


  • This is a fully funded opportunity, not including any visa application and processing costs. Funds will be made available to the Fellows to cover tuition, subsistence in the UK and Africa, and travel expenses related to the programme in both phases;
  • While funding will be made available to pay for accommodation, successful applicants are expected to find their own accommodation both in the UK and Africa. Fellows are strongly advised to make all necessary accommodation arrangements prior to taking up their positions on the Fellowship Programme.


  • Candidates must be female citizens of African countries;
  • Successful candidates must hold valid travel documents prior to acceptance;
  • Candidates must have knowledge of, or experience of women’s rights, gender and development issues;
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to contribute to work on peace and security in Africa;
  • Candidates must demonstrate commitment to the core values of the programme: Independent thinking; Integrity; Pursuit of Excellence; and respect for all forms of Diversity;
  • Candidates must have a relevant institutional base and be endorsed by an organisation with which they have been involved for at least two years. Exceptional candidates without such organisational ties may be given special consideration;
  • Candidates must have a demonstrable plan for how to utilise knowledge gained in the Fellowship upon return to their countries and/ or organisations;
  • Candidates must hold a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree with an equivalent level of professional experience;
  • Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

Application Process

  • Applications will be accepted Online;
  • The following documents are required, before your application will be considered complete:
    • A letter of application detailing your relevant experience and qualifications;
    • A supporting statement no longer than 1,000 words, detailing why you think that this programme is important and future plans for engagement with peace and security issues;
    • 2 letters of recommendation (To be received directly from the Referees by the deadline of 23:59, April 30, 2017.);
    • Recent curriculum vitae;
    • Two writing samples (maximum 3000 words each).

All supporting documents should be submitted via the online portal. Please note that no email applications will be accepted. If you are experiencing problems with the online application portal, please contact [email protected] All applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid delays and failure to submit because of technical challenges.

For more information, visit Peace and Security Fellowship.