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ICO Fellowship programme.

ICO Fellowship programme.

In general, there are no deadlines for a fellowship submission. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis at a ICO Secretary General meeting.

Before you start your application, please ensure your application fits into the ICO self-determination remit. If you are not sure, contact [email protected].

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Your application should include the following attachments:

Research Title
Abstract and Work plan
Your CV and
Cover letter

Conditions of Service

Fellows are not ICO staff members. As such, they do not receive salaries or the benefits. Fellows are managed by ICO Secretary General’s Project Teams and from time to time will receive advice from the ICO Advisory Board.

Mentoring and monitoring

The fellowship programme manager or an appointed manager (the mentor) will
work with each selected Research Fellow. The mentor will support and provide expert advice throughout the fellowship about the research outputs and career development.

Progress Report

Research Fellows are required to submit a progress and activity summary report to each year. The Research Fellow, and mentor will meet to discuss the report, identify progress being made and make plans. If needed an Academic supervisor will be appointed to join meetings.


Research Fellows are responsible for arranging the annual progress report meetings with their mentors. Academic supervisor might be invited to two out of the five meetings to ensure sufficient support is provided to the Research Fellow.

A template will be provided for the report.

Research Fellows will also be asked to provide some key data of their annual performances (e.g. publications and additional research funding) for the purpose of auditing and reporting to ICO’s funders.

Fellows in the Spotlight


Zaki Rehman

Zaki Rehman joined the International Communities Organisation as a Research Fellow in September 2022.

He is currently a PhD student in History at the University of Oxford. He has previously completed policy research for the UK Civil Service, the Institute of Historical Justice and Reconciliation, and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.



Mary-Alice is a California-barred attorney working as Assistant General Counsel for a manufacturing and technology company.

Before pursuing law, Mary-Alice graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. While in law school, she focused on international justice reform as part of the Global Justice Program at Pepperdine University.

The Global Justice Program sends students across the world to further international human rights, global development, and the rule of law. She was part of the pilot plea-bargaining program in Uganda.

Now Uganda has plea-bargained well over 10,000 cases. Mary-Alice has also done policy work on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She was a congressional intern during the volatile 2016 United States election. Her passion is criminal justice reform.

She would like to see just and fair laws in place and most importantly, the law enforced equally to all.

Fellowship application form

Before you start your application, please ensure your application fits into the ICO remit. If you are not sure, contact us.

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