African Leadership Centre (ALC) 2018/2019 Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women (Fully Funded to UK)

Application Deadline: April 30th 2018

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) was established in Kenya in June 2010 as a joint initiative of King’s College London and the University of Nairobi. The ALC is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women for 2018/2019. 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.
The Fellowships bring together African women in the early stages of their careers to undertake a carefully designed training programme in conflict, security and development. This training is followed by an attachment to an African Regional Organisation or a Centre of Excellence to acquire practical experience in the field of peace and security. It is intended that this project will train African women to develop a better understanding of African peace and security issues, in order to increase their participation in conflict management processes and other areas of security concerns for Africans.
▪ 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 be able to demonstrate capacity to undertake research on issues relating to peace and security in Africa.
▪ Candidates must demonstrate commitment to the core values of the programme: Independent thinking;
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 organizational 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.


Successful Fellows will have the status of full-time students on the post-graduate non-degree
programme at ALC/King’s College London.
1. Standard Visitor visa: The offer of the Fellowship is subject to successful candidates obtaining visas to cover the six-month period that is the duration of the first phase of the Fellowship in the UK and Kenya.
Applications will be accepted Online at the following link where you need to create an account to apply:
Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women. The deadline for applications is 23:59 hrs,
Sunday 8th April 2018. 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 hrs, Sunday 8th April 2018.)
▪ Recent curriculum vitae.
▪ Two writing samples (maximum 2000 words each- example can include original research
paper, extracts from dissertation, essay paper, policy paper relevant to peace and security).
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 us at [email protected]
ALC encourage all applicants to submit their applications early to avoid delays and failure to submit because of technical challenges.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Leadership Centre (ALC) 2018/2019 Peace and Security Fellowship



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