Fully Funded African Leadership Center Peace, Security & Development Fellowships for Young Professionals

Fully Funded African Leadership Center Peace, Security & Development Fellowships for Young Professionals

Applications are now open for the 2024/2025 African Leadership Center (AlC) Peace, Security & Development Fellowships. Established over 10 years ago, the ALC has played a critical role in shaping the next generation of African leaders, nurturing talent and African ideas and knowledge to advance the transformation of African societies.

Located in both Nairobi, Kenya and King`s College London, UK, the ALC strives to inform and influence academic, research and policy discourses on leadership, peace, security & development on the African continent and globally.

The ALC Fellowship programmes seek to produce high performing graduates with identifiable leadership characteristics and skills, who generate cutting-edge research on peace, security and development and participate in institutional, national and regional networks to train and mentor the next generation of African academics.


  • Candidates must be female citizens of African countries.

  • Successful candidates must hold valid travel documents prior to acceptance.

  • Candidates must hold a master’s or bachelor’s degree and added experiences in peace, security and development field is valued.

  • Candidates must have knowledge of, or experience with women’s rights, gender and development issues.

  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to contribute to work on peace, security and development in Africa.

  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate capacity to undertake research on issues relating to peace, security and development in Africa.

  • Candidates must demonstrate commitment to the core values of the programme: Promoting African led ideas and processes of Change; Independent thinking; Integrity; Pursuit of Excellence; Recognition of Youth Agency and Respect for diversity in all its forms.

  • 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 be fluent in spoken and written English as all aspects of the programme
    are delivered in English.


  • This is a fully funded1 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 the ALC has guest rooms that fellows can rent whilst in Nairobi, successful applicants are expected to find their own accommodation at attachment institutions.

  • Fellows are strongly advised to make all necessary accommodation arrangements prior to taking up their positions on the Fellowship Programme.

  • Fellowships for African Scholars in Peace Security and Development (degree awarding):

    This award is available to young African scholars who are interested in pursuing research and academic careers in peace, security, and development. It encompasses an eighteen-month period, comprising rigorous academic research, writing and policy analysis in the field of peace and security and a six-month attachment to an African University, a Regional Organisation, or a Centre of Excellence based in Africa to acquire practical experience.

    Fellows gain academic knowledge within the MSc Global Leadership and Peacebuilding programme at King’s College London and benefit from uniquely tailored mentoring sessions. During the fellowship, fellows contribute to the African Leadership Centre’s ten-year research agenda entitled “Peace, Society and the State in Africa.”

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Fully Funded African Leadership Center Peace, Security & Development Fellowships for Young Professionals

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