The Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford is delighted to invite applications for the 2017-18 Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Fellowship.
The AIG Fellowship is awarded each year to an individual from West Africa who has demonstrated distinguished public service. AIG Fellows undertake a period of study, reflection and engagement of up to 6 months with scholars and students at the Blavatnik School of Government.
AIG Fellows have the opportunity to use their time at the School to further develop their understanding of specific policy issues and solutions. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on practices in other countries both within the Fellow’s region and beyond. AIG Fellows are expected to develop case studies and/or policy briefings or op-eds on their area of expertise. They would also be expected to share their expertise on policy implementation, for example by speaking at a masterclass or workshop. The School has a lively programme of events and Fellows are encouraged to participate fully in these.
For 2017-18, applications are invited from those residing in Nigeria or Ghana. The Fellowship will be awarded to an individual from who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and implementation of a policy that has yielded meaningful impact on the public good. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to public service in their country, region and globally.
We are seeking applications from Fellows who wish to spend time for up to six months at the Blavatnik School between September 2017 and June 2018.
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org titled “AIG Fellowship” by 12 noon (UK Time) on Monday 10 April 2017. Your application should include:
- a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume;
- written attestations from two referees to support your application; and
- a covering letter setting out how you meet the criteria, your proposed area of study and reflection, how you would propose to engage in that area at the Blavatnik School, and indicative dates for your visit if successful.
The Fellowship will be awarded by the Blavatnik School of Government AIG Fellowship Panel, a specially-convened group made up of senior academics and policy advisors. The successful candidate will be responsible for making their visa and travel arrangements to the UK. Accommodation, visa costs and standard class return flights are covered by the AIG Fellowship funding, as well as reimbursement of reasonable living expenses in line with university guidelines and visa regulations. Funding of family members is not included.
The Africa Initiative for Governance
The Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) works with governments, academic institutions and other partners to improve governance and transform public sector performance. This pioneering initiative brings proven private sector innovation, leadership and funding in a private-public partnership to attract, inspire and support future leaders of the public sector. With our continuing support, these high-calibre individuals will drive best practice standards of governance across Africa, ensuring sustainable economic growth and social justice.
The Blavatnik School of Government
The Blavatnik School’s mission is to improve government and public policy around the world. It draws on the insights of many disciplines represented in an outstanding faculty to conduct research and teaching that is applied to the present challenges facing governments. The School engages with policy-makers and scholars from around the world, regularly convening representatives from the public, private, not-for-profit and academic communities to find solutions to pressing public policy problems. The School is Oxford University’s newest department, housed in a spectacular modern building. The School is also one of the most international departments in Oxford: there are currently students from over 70 countries.