About the Fellowship

The Fellowship is an independent and non-partisan executive programme for 24 mid-career political and civic leaders working in Northern Ireland. It aims to strengthen democracy and to ensure that the current and future cadres of political leaders in Northern Ireland are best placed to lead into the next decade and navigate through complexity.

The Fellowship Programme is delivered by the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building (CDPB) working with key stakeholders, policy makers and facilitators from leading academic institutions including Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford with support from its Advisory Board.

Fellowship programme brochure

Fellowship Details

  • 24 public leaders: party political, business, public sector and civic society
  • Duration: 3 months (September – November)
  • Symposium days in Belfast and Dublin
  • Residential session in Oxford: 22 – 24 September 2021
  • Graduation: December 2021
  • Registration fee: £475 + travel cost (Oxford and Dublin)

  • Scholarships and financial support available on request
  • Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Allstate NI, Devenish, FinTrU, Fujitsu NI and Ulster Carpets.

Programme Outcomes

  • Gain knowledge and skills from leading academics and practitioners to increase your confidence and ability to address political, economic and social challenges facing NI

  • Improve the ability to deliver outcomes that matter to the people you serve, produce better outcomes, advance the public interest and build a culture of integrity in your organisation and sector

  • Communicate effectively within your own organisation and across different sectors

  • Develop relationships and join the network of emerging leaders across party political, business and civic society sectors

Fellowship programme brochure

The Oxford Experience

Participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world as well as the top-ranked university in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). Here in the ‘city of dreaming spires’, they will enter an oasis of learning, where the world’s greatest leaders and thinkers have studied for over 900 years and where research breakthroughs continue to be made every week.

Application form

Applications for the 2021 cohort of the Fellowship Programme are now closed. Please check again next year for applications for the 2022 cohort.

The Fellowship Programme brochure

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