The Africa Initiative for Governance (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.
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.
Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega was the inaugural Africa Initiative for Governance Visiting Fellow of Practice 2016/2017.
Chief Justice Georgina Wood is the Africa Initiative for Governance Visiting Fellow of Practice for 2017/18.