2021 Chevening Ethiopia Leadership Fellowship

The Chevening Ethiopia Leadership Fellowship is aimed at mid-career Ethiopian public servants and government officials with demonstrable skills in the fields of policy, innovation, and leadership.

The fellowship is hosted by Coventry University in multiple locations across the UK (London, Birmingham, Coventry, and other regions) and in Brussels, Belgium.

The fellowship is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.

Fellows will undertake an eight-week course covering the following main themes:

  • Leadership for government and public policy
  • Public policy analysis and management
  • Evidence based policy making
  • Policy delivery mechanisms and measuring policy impact
  • Personal public service leadership and impact
  • Strategy setting, transparency, accountability and stakeholder engagement
  • Manage change in public policy

Additionally, there will be study visits to, and project opportunities with, a variety of UK and EU government organisations. All participants will have an opportunity to study on a ‘real-life’ policy-based project and this may be accompanied by a short placement in an appropriate government agency. In addition to expert tutor-led sessions and interactive workshops, the programme will include specialist guest talks from experienced government leaders and policy makers, as well as formal and informal networking opportunities.

This fellowship programme will commence in June 2021.


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Each fellowship includes:

  • Full programme fees.
  • Living expenses for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Return economy airfare from Ethiopia to the UK.


To be eligible for a Chevening Ethiopia Leadership Fellowship, you must:

    • Be a citizen of Ethiopia and currently live in the country
    • Return to your country of citizenship at the end of the period of the fellowship
    • Have at least seven years’ relevant public service experience prior to applying
    • Have a postgraduate level qualification, or equivalent professional training, or experience in a relevant area at the time of application
    • Have excellent written and spoken English to be assessed by fellowship assessment panel
    • Already be, or aspire to be, a senior leader in the Ethiopian public service
    • Demonstrate a commitment to leadership development and innovation
    • Not hold British or dual-British citizenship

Fellowships placement timeline

If you are applying for one of the following Chevening Fellowships, you should refer to the Fellowships central timeline for information about the selection process: Chevening British Library Fellowship; Chevening CLORE Fellowship; Chevening OCIS Fellowship; Chevening OCIS Abdullah Gül Fellowship

Applications close.
Sifting of applications against eligibility criteria, and independent reading committees assess applications (2-3 weeks).
Applications are shortlisted by the British embassies/high commissions in country (2-3 weeks).
Applicants are notified that they have been selected for interview. All applicants must submit reference letters before their interview. Interview notification times may vary, but where possible applicants will be given 2-3 weeks’ notice for interviews.
Interview period and announcement of results.
Receive conditional award letter (CAL) from Chevening Secretariat (issued within two weeks of conditional section).
Complete and return all CAL forms by the deadline (two weeks from receipt of the CAL):
1. Acceptance form and acknowledgment of Chevening Fellowships terms and conditions
2. Client Care Letter
3. Medical form
4. Copy of the photo page of your passport
Chevening Secretariat to prepare the final award letter (FAL).
FAL sent to you via post/mail from the British Embassy/High Commission in your country (within two weeks of the CAL deadline).
Pre-departure advice emailed by the Chevening Secretariat, including:
1. Tailored visa and immigration advice
2. Travel booking details
3. Accommodation advice
4. Allowances & payment advice
5. Request for your biography (within one week of the issue of the FAL)
Apply for your visa as per the tailored advice issued by the Chevening Secretariat.
Book your travel to the UK after receipt of your visa.
Attend your pre-departure briefing delivered your British embassy/high commission.
Arrive into the UK to commence your fellowship.

Deadline: November 3, 2020

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