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 2017. This Fellowship covers an 18-month period, comprising a rigorous training and research 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 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:
- Taught MScs on Security, Leadership and Society, including mentoring and institutional attachments;
- Peacebuilding and Security research – with a focus on “Future Peace and the Role of the State in Africa”;
- Consolidating partnerships with African universities through transfer of specified and joint research outputs into virtual learning across partner institutions;
- Creating and strengthening digital knowledge transfer platforms and policy influencing processes.
The programme seeks to nurture junior African Scholars interested in pursuing a career in peace, security and development, and to equip them with the skills necessary to achieve this. Through taught modules, a focused research plan and rigorous mentoring activities, the programme will accomplish the following objectives:
- A critical mass of Africans who understand the African peace and security landscape in a global context;
- A next generation of African scholars and analysts with the skills to deploy learning about African societies and their visions of peace for progressive change toward positive and stable peace in Africa;
- A next generation of Africans that will shape thinking and policy decision-making on peace and security in Africa;
- African home-grown ideas and knowledge base on peace and security;
- An engaging constituency of academic and policy institutions collaborating on peace and security in Africa.
- In order to be considered eligible, candidates must have citizenship in an African country.
- Successful candidates must hold valid travel documents prior to acceptance.
- The competition is open only to junior faculty members based in universities in Africa from departments of political science; international relations; history; law; development studies; peace; security and conflict studies, and related departments.
- Candidates need to demonstrate an interest in pursuing careers in the field of peace, security and development. Previous study or engagement with the issues of security and development is not required. However candidates must demonstrate a basic familiarity with these issues.
- Candidates must additionally be able to demonstrate capacity to undertake research on issues relating to peace and security in Africa. Successful candidates will be attached to a Research Cluster where they will work with ALC Research Associates and Senior Research Fellows to undertake research on select aspects of the ALC Research Agenda on “Future Peace and the Role of the State in Africa”.
- Candidates will be expected to have a clear plan on how to utilise knowledge gained in the Fellowship upon returning to their countries and academic institutions.
- Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.
- Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following values during the application phase: Independent thinking; Integrity; Pursuit of excellence; and respect for all forms of diversity.
NOTE: Applicants to the Fellowship Programme must make individual successful applications to the MSc Security, Leadership and Society by 23:59 hrs, Sunday 30th April 2017. 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.
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