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, Security and Development Fellowships for African Scholars starting in September 2016. This Fellowship covers an 18-month period, comprising a rigorous training programme on peace, security and development, which includes a 12-Month MSc programme at King’s College London and a six-month attachment to an African University to undertake an independent research project. The Fellowship programme is designed to expose junior African scholars to the complexities of Security and Development issues facing the African continent. The Carnegie Corporation of New York has provided funding for this programme.
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 for meaningful 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.
Applicants to the Fellowship Programme must make individual successful applications to the MSc Security, Leadership and Society by 17:00 hrs, Friday 18 March 2016. The MSc is a separate but parallel application procedure handled by King’s College London, rather than ALC. To be accepted on to the Fellowship, applicants must be accepted on both the MSc programme by King’s and the Fellowship Programme by ALC.
Terms of the Fellowship
Application to King’s College London: Successful applicants will have the status of full time MSc students in Security, Leadership and Society. It is necessary for applicants to the Fellowship Programme to make individual successful applications to the MSc Security, Leadership and Society by 17:00 hrs, Friday 18 March 2016. Please note it is likely that an English Language Proficiency test will be required in order to gain unconditional acceptance on to the MSc
Details of the MSc Security, Leadership and Society can be found at this link: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/sga/alc/STUDY/The-MSc-Security,-Leadership--Society-.aspx
- Student Visas: All foreign students at King’s College London will be subject to the immigration rules of the UK, which can be found on the King’s College London web page for obtaining student visas: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/international/student-support.aspx. The offer of a place on the programme will be subject to successful candidates obtaining a student visa. Obtaining a student visa will necessitate an UNCONDITIONAL for the MSc Security Leadership and Society. Failure to obtain a visa to enter the UK automatically invalidates the offer of a place on the programme with no consequences to King’s College London. Responsibility for processing and financing all visa applications rests solely with successful candidates. The implementing organizations will provide necessary documentation as needed.
- Expectant/Nursing mothers: Given the intense nature of the programme including its short phases in different locations as well as necessary extensive travel, successful applicants that are expectant or nursing mothers while encouraged to apply, will be advised to defer their admission to the programme.
- Medical Exam: Successful applicants will be required to undergo medical examinations at recommended venues prior to taking up their positions.
- Programme completion/Return to base: The programme will last a total of 18 months. During phases 1 and 2, Fellows will be expected to make full time commitment to the programme. It is a condition that successful candidates shall return to their base or home countries at the end of the programme.
The African Leadership Centre jointly with King’s College London and University of Nairobi, reserves the right to terminate the conferral of a fellowship, in the event of a breach in the Terms and Conditions of the programme.
This is a fully funded opportunity, not including any visa application and processing costs. Funds will be made available to cover tuition, subsistence in the UK and Africa, accommodation, research-related costs, and all travel expenses related to the programme. However, successful applicants are expected to find their own accommodation both in the UK and Africa. In the UK successful candidates will be able to apply for University of London accommodation, and they can also make their own accommodation arrangements. Candidates are strongly advised to make all necessary accommodation arrangements well in advance of taking up their positions at King’s College London. Information on KCL student accommodation can be found at this link:
This project is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York
Please note that the funds are intended for individual Fellows only. It does not cover dependants and it is not intended to support family members. Successful candidates will need to make alternative arrangements to cover the costs of dependants before arrival in the UK. Under the UK Immigration laws, prospective applicants must satisfy the Home Office that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependents before arrival in the UK (taking into account the stipend to be provided by the Mentoring Programme).
To be considered for the Fellowship please apply through the Online Application System by 17:00 hrs, Friday 18 March, 2016:
Ensure the following documents are attached in PDF format.
- 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 (after you submit names and contacts of referees, they will receive an email asking them to submit the reference using our online system. These references received directly from the Referees must be received by the deadline of 17:00 hrs, Friday 18 March, 2016).
- Recent curriculum vitae.
- Two writing samples (maximum 3000 words each).
Please indicate in your application letter, if you have completed the University application (Note that you are required to submit your application to the M.Sc. Security, Leadership and Society, King’s College London, as detailed above by the deadline of 17:00 hrs, Friday 18 March, 2016).
Please ensure all documents are attached as PDF attachments when using the Online Application System.
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@example.com
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