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Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women in Kenya, 2016-2017

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) is inviting applications for Peace and Security Fellowship of one-year duration. ALC is offering this fellowship for female citizens of African countries.

The Peace and Security Fellowship Programme for African Women is designed to expose professional African women at early stages of their careers to the complexities of conflict, security and development.

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ALC (established as a joint initiative of King’s College London and the University of Nairobi) aims to build a new community of leaders generating cutting edge knowledge on peace, security and development.

In order to be eligible candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

Course Level: Fellowship is available for pursuing MSc programme.

Study Subject: This is a one-year Fellowship, divided into two six-month phases. The first phase will be delivered at the ALC/ King’s College London. During the training, the Fellows will be encouraged to engage critically with the discourse on conflict, security and development in Africa. They will also visit and study institutions working in the field of peace and security in Africa and Europe. This phase will include a simulation seminar series during which mock conflict management situations will be practiced. In the second phase, Fellows will be attached to an African regional organisation or Centre of Excellence to undertake practical work in the field of peace and security including peace and conflict management processes.

List of Subjects: Conflict, security and development in Africa.

Scholarship Award: -This is a fully funded* 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 all travel expenses related to the programme in both phases. While funding will be made available to pay for accommodation, successful applicants are expected to find their own accommodation both in the UK and Africa. Fellows are strongly advised to make all necessary accommodation arrangements prior to taking up their positions on the Fellowship Programme.
* This project is supported by the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), the Allan & Nesta Trust and the Ferguson Charitable Trust. Fellowship opportunities are subject to continued funding support.
-Please note that the funds are intended for individual Fellows only. It does not cover dependents and it is not intended to support family members. Successful candidates will need to make alternative arrangements to cover the costs of dependents before arrival in Kenya/UK. For both countries, prospective applicants must satisfy the Immigration Authorities that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependents before arrival (taking into account the stipend to be provided by the Mentoring Programme).

Scholarship can be taken at: Kenya

Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this scholarship:
-Candidates must be female citizens of African countries.
-Successful candidates must hold valid travel documents prior to acceptance.
-Candidates must have knowledge of, or experience of women’s rights, gender and development issues.
-Candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to contribute to work on peace and security in Africa
-Candidates must demonstrate commitment to the core values of the programme: Independent thinking; Integrity; Pursuit of Excellence; and a Value for all forms of Diversity
-Candidates must have a relevant institutional base and be endorsed by an organisation with which they have been involved for at least two years. Exceptional candidates without such organisational ties may be given special consideration
-Candidates must have a demonstrable plan for how to utilise knowledge gained in the Fellowship upon return to their countries and organizations
-Candidates must hold a Master’s or Bachelors degree with an equivalent level of professional experience.
-Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

Nationality: African female scholars (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and  Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Candidates must hold a Master’s or Bachelors degree with an equivalent level of professional experience.

English language Requirements: In order to be eligible candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

Supporting Material: In addition to the application for the scholarship, the applicant must submit the following documents. Ensure the following documents are attached in PDF format.
-A letter of application detailing applicants relevant experience and qualifications.
-A supporting statement no longer than 1,000 words, detailing why they think that this programme is important and future plans for engagement with peace and security issues.
-2 letters of recommendation (after applicants 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).
-All supporting documents should be submitted via the online portal. Please note that no email applications will be accepted.

How to Apply: The mode of application is online.

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Application Deadline: To be considered for the fellowship applicants should apply through the online application system by 18th March, 2016.

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