(closed, next round application for 2019 will be announced)

Job Description


Are you an ambitious researcher/academic looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in social sciences, human rights, self-determination or social-anthropology? Do you want to further your career in academic research and/or civil society research projects?

You will be leading International Communities Organisation’s Fellowship project “Peaceful Self-Determination” aiming to explore the best practices around the world e.g. Western Asia, Balkan Countries, MENA, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe…

We are looking for more than one candidate; so please read this call carefully

Fellowship holder is encouraged to take the initiative to produce a handbook outlining best practices from past peace negotiations involving self-determination claims. Focus in particular on issues recurring in different situations, such as: division of governance competencies, fiscal organization, rights of minorities and cross-border integration. This would assist mediators, officials from international organizations, State officials and even self-determination movements.

About ICO

International Communities Organisation empowers communities, guided by its vision of self-determination and the values of development and human rights. It fosters an environment where cultures are respected, and organisations within these communities are free to pave the way for their own development. Our key activities are: 1) Adult and youth education through participative and empowering training methodologies on human rights, development and entrepreneurship; 2) Consultancy services with state and civil society representative. Although ICO is based in London, in order to make the organisation more accessible to youth in the UK, our volunteers and staff are encouraged to work remote and be based in anyplace around the world.

You will be working in collaboration with other researchers within the fellowship project within the ICO.  There will be also opportunities to contribute to wider research in human rights issues.

You should have (or be close to obtaining) a PHD in the field of human rights (preferred). If you have a background in research, not in the academia i.e. not holding a PHD, but have an extensive experience within respectful research agencies e.g. an NGO; and have willingness and motivation to contribute with a novel research, please feel free to apply for the post.

Successful candidates must have a strong track record of high-quality independent research. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a strong interest in the research areas and projects, and the ability and affinity to work effectively with researchers from a broad range of disciplines are essential.


The fellowship has a strong profile on the human rights aspects of the particular thematic issue, based on the production of best practices reports as a book and other journal articles, and on the expert leadership and representation provided by the fellowship holder.

  • ICO volunteers and networks receive advice and policy guidance that is timely, conciseand accurate, including on relevant international law and standards and their application;
  • The fellowship holder produces reports and other documents that are carefully researched,compellingly written, aimed at achieving specific impact, and delivered on schedule;
  • The fellowship holder takes and creates strategic opportunities for policy development, and research.

This fellowship programme is part-time, remote and starting ASAP – please do not just wait the closing date to apply. This is an urgent position with an immediate start, we will not wait the Closing date to shortlist candidates and invite them for an interview to recruit ICO Fellows.


? You will help ICO in its mission to empower local communities to make a positive change

? You will discover how human rights works in practice at the local level

? You will get your article(s) to be published in an academic journal – expenses related to this publishing can be covered by the ICO

?You will get your report to be published as a book  (the expenses will be covered by the ICO)

? Your research will also be published (and summarised)  as an info-graphic and animated video

? We will provide you amazing references to aid your career development

? We will provide you with direct line management support & monthly supervision


We welcome hearing from qualified and interested applicants. 

Applications should be a single document consisting of a Cover Letter, CV, and A Research Proposal titled in “first_name last_name” format.

Cover Letter- explaining why you want to take place in this fellowship, future career expectations, and how you can contribute to the ICO’s vision

CV – highlighting relevant research and reporting experiences and an additional list of publications (if applicable)

A Research Proposal – Max 1000 words (Short background of your research scope, aim, research question(s), literature review and theoretical/methodological approach)

Please put all these in one single PDF document  and send it to [email protected]  with a Subject: ICO-Fellowship Application 2017.

For your questions email to [email protected]

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