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Fellowships

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) fellowship programmes and activities have been designed to support its vision of building a new community of leaders generating cutting edge knowledge in peace, security and development in Africa.

We have evolved into a Pan-Africa centre of excellence and repository of knowledge and expertise on leadership, peace, security and development. ALC has brought together African leaders, experts and academics from all over the world to work with talented African at a dedicated centre in Nairobi and at King's College London.

Degree awarding fellowships

The Peace, Security and Development Fellowships for African Scholars seeks to nurture and equip junior African Scholars interested in pursuing careers in peace and security.

The programme encourages academic expertise on peace and security, grounded in a pursuit of excellence and integrity. Funding for this initiative is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Phase 1: a 12-month training programme based at King’s College London, including full-time study for the MSc Security, Leadership and Society at the ALC. This also includes mentoring sessions on Peace and Security, Leadership and Development, delivered by a network of renowned experts on these issues.

Fellows will also study and visit various global institutions working in the field of peace and security. Plus they will participate in a simulation seminar, by responding to mock conflict management situations based on a current event, in a public presentation.

Phase 2: Fellows are attached to select partner universities in Africa, for a period of six months. Fellows are encouraged to disseminate and exchange ideas on the issues studied during Phase 1. They will work as faculty members and/or researchers within their designated institutions, and contribute to academic and policy research, amongst other activities.

Fellows will also spend time at the ALC in Nairobi for short periods, undertaking research and delivering papers on peace, security and development in Africa.

The announcement for the 2019-2020 Peace, Security and Development Fellowships for African Scholars is now open

Non-degree awarding fellowships

The Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women bring together African women at the early stages of their career to undertake a carefully designed training programme in Leadership, Development and Security at the ALC.

The fellowship programme is designed to expose young professional African women to the complexities of conflict, security and development and equip them for careers in this field.

The programme is funded by the Open Society Institute and the African Women’s Development Fund. One aim is to challenge the existing tendency that reinforces male-dominant discourse on conflict and security-related matters. It also develops a network of African women scholars working in the field and links them with the peace, security and development mechanisms of African regional institutions.

There is a comparatively low level of women involved in peace and security issues, especially compared with those involved in human rights and development issues. There is also a need to assist African women in meeting the demands of the Beijing process and more recently, the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This calls for the inclusion of women at all decision-making levels in "all national regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts."

Phase 1: Six months of full-time study of a MA-level course in leadership, security and development at the ALC. The Fellows also have mentoring sessions on leadership, development and peace and security, delivered by a global network of renowned experts on these issues. Plus, they will study and visit various global institutions working in the field of peace and security.

This phase will end with a simulation seminar during which a mock conflict management situation will be practiced.

Phase 2: Fellows are attached to an African regional organisation, research institution or centre of excellence to undertake practical work in the field of leadership, peace and security, including peace and conflict management processes.

The announcement for the 2019-2020 Peace, Security and Development Fellowships for African Women is now open

 

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