KCL Fellowships for African Scholars in Peace, Security and Development 2024 (Fully Funded)

Applications for the 2024 KCL Fellowships for African Scholars in Peace, Security and Development, are now open. Young African researchers who wish to pursue academic careers in Peace, Security, and Development can apply for this KCL Fellowships award.

KCL Fellowships for African Scholars in Peace
KCL Fellowships for African Scholars in Peace

The award is eighteen months of intense academic research, writing, and policy analysis in the area of peace and security, interspersed with a six-month practical attachment to an African university, regional organization, or centre of excellence.

KCL Fellowships Details

African scholars and professionals are exposed to the intricacies of security and development concerns confronting the continent through the Fellowship initiative. In addition to receiving specially designed mentoring sessions, fellows at King’s College London acquire academic knowledge through the master’s programme.

Fellows contribute to the African Leadership Center’s ten-year study agenda, “Peace, Society, and the State in Africa,” throughout their fellowship. Fellows will be able to integrate research outputs into partner institution learning through relationships with African universities and other research institutions.

This will enable and increase digital knowledge transfer across a variety of channels, impacting policy in the process.

Benefits of KCL Fellowships for African Scholars

  • The KCL Fellowship Programme is fully funded, there are no fees associated with applying for or obtaining a visa.
  • The fund will be provided to pay for the fellow’s tuition, housing, research-related costs, transport costs, and subsistence in the UK and Africa. Nonetheless, it is expected of successful applicants to arrange their own housing in Africa and the UK.
  • Successful applicants will have the option to apply for housing at the University of London in the UK or make their own housing arrangements. It is highly recommended that successful candidates arrange for the required housing well in advance of starting work at King’s College London.

The following website provides information on KCL student housing: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/accommodation/index.aspx

Eligibility Requirements for KCL Fellowship Program

To be eligible for KCL Fellowship Program:

  • Prospective Candidates must have citizenship in an African country
  • Posses valid travel documents prior to acceptance
  • Must have obtained a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree with an equivalent level of professional experience.
  • Junior faculty members based in universities in Africa from departments of political science are eligible to apply. Eligible areas include: international relations; history, law, development studies, peace, security and conflict studies, and related departments.
  • Applicants are expected to show interest in pursuing careers in the field of peace, security and development. Those with previous studies or engagement with the issues of security and development will have an added advantage.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate the capacity to research issues relating to peace and security in Africa. Applicants whose applications are accepted will be attached to a Research Cluster to work with African Leadership Centre (ALC) Research Associates and Senior Research Fellows.
  • Ability to demonstrate the following values during the application phase is mandatory: Promoting African ideas and processes of Change; Independent thinking; Integrity; Pursuit of Excellence; Recognition of Youth Agency and Respect for diversity in all its forms.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is mandatory as the programmes are delivered in English. An English Language Proficiency Test will be required in other to secure an unconditional acceptance to the MSc Programme at King`s College London.

Application Documents

The following documents are required:

  • Completed application questionnaire
  • Supporting statement (500 and 750 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Recent curriculum vitae of 2 pages maximum
  • A One writing sample maximum of 1000 words each
  • A research proposal of no more than 1000 words

How to Apply

  • All Interested and qualified candidates should Go to King’s College London (KCL) on http://applications.africanleadershipcentre.org/ to apply
  • All supporting documents above should be submitted via the online portal of King`s College London and African Leadership Centre-Nairobi.

For more details, visit the KCL website on https://forms.africanleadershipcentre.org/manuals/PSD-Fellowship-African-Scholars.pdf

Application Deadline

April 30, 2024.



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