Queen Elizabeth II Academy Leadership Masterclass Programme 2023-2024 (Funded)

Queen Elizabeth II Academy Leadership Masterclass Programme 2023-2024 |Funded

Queen Elizabeth II Academy Leadership Masterclass Programme 2023-2024 |Funded

The Queen Elizabeth II Academy Leadership Masterclass Programme 2023-2024 is now accepting applications. The Academy’s Leadership Masterclass Programme is a career development program. It is a nine-month part-time alternative for working professionals that runs concurrently with Academy fellowships from early October 2023 through June 2024. It is supported by the Asfari Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Established in 2017, the Leadership Masterclass Programme offers participants the opportunity to engage and build their capacity for independent thinking on global policy issues and leadership by participating in a variety of regular sessions and activities, all held at Chatham House with world-class experts. They also have the environment to develop a network with other like-minded individuals, all with the support of a professional career coach.

Queen Elizabeth II Academy Leadership Programme Structure

Participants will learn and contribute alongside Academy fellows to core elements of the Leadership Programme, which encompasses the following:

  • Intensive induction week: Academy fellowships begin with an intensive five-day induction week at Chatham House to become familiarized with the elements of the fellowships and the Leadership Programme, meet their host research programme, and have their first personal development coaching session.
  • Discussion seminars: In these sessions, fellows meet and discuss current international affairs challenges with subject matter experts from Chatham House and beyond. The sessions cover the principal substantive and skills-based areas vital for informed and effective international leadership. Fellows usually chair these sessions and are expected to contribute to and learn from one another’s experience.
  • Leadership workshops: Every two months, fellows participate in half-day workshops focusing on skills development within specific aspects of leadership such as ‘Leadership in a new role’ and ‘Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship’.
  • Project presentations: Fellows present updates on their research projects which help develop presentation skills, provide a valuable forum for peer-review, and to think about and analyse issues outside their own area of expertise.
  • Personal development coaching: Fellows join the Academy seeking to grow their self-awareness through one-on-one sessions with a dedicated coach, with whom they set personal development objectives which they work to meet during their fellowship and beyond.
  • Media training: Fellows learn how to interview effectively on television and radio, culminating in a mock interview from which they receive feedback on their presentation style and any areas of improvement.
  • ‘Leadership in the 21st Century’ Breakfast Briefings: Academy fellows have priority in participating in the ‘Leadership in the 21st Century’ Breakfast Briefings series, giving them the opportunity to discuss leadership experiences and lessons in an informal setting with acknowledged leaders from government, business, media and the non-profit sectors.
  • Career mentoring (optional): Fellows’ development is facilitated and supported by partnering them with mentors to enhance their career perspective and path.

Queen Elizabeth II Academy Leadership Benefits

  • The cost of the participation in the programme will be covered by the Academy.

Queen Elizabeth II Academy Leadership Eligibility

  • The Asfari Foundation stream is open to citizens of Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine (State of Palestine), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen.
  • The Robert Bosch Stiftung stream is open to citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia.
  • The Mo Ibrahim Foundation stream is open to citizens of any African country.
  • The programme is open to applicants who are based in London.
  • Preference is given to applicants who could come to London one day a week (usually Wednesdays) as the programme is designed to be delivered in person.
  • Eligibility is limited to individuals who meet the selection criteria and works in one of the following fields: academia, NGO, business, government departments, civil society or the media.
  • They do not impose age restrictions for applicants.

Queen Elizabeth II Academy Leadership Application

To apply, submit:

Deadline: September 4, 2023

For more information, visit Queen Elizabeth II Academy.


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