Fellowship Program

The fellowship program is aimed at attracting vibrant, creative and innovative individuals who are interested in advancing their research expertise and deepening their knowledge of how civil society and creative industries can be positioned strategically to build a resilient cultural diplomacy framework that feeds into national foreign policy but is independent of mainstream government structures. Fellows are trained in areas of policy, research design / methodology, diplomacy instruments and approaches, advocacy mechanisms, global governance and lobbying. Through the training program, fellows will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of how the framing of national policy, global policy, international law and cultural diplomacy can be informed by civil society lobbying. Subject to availability of funding, fellows may be recommended for full time post-graduate study at an accredited institution to conduct research that is aligned to NGAO’s priority issues.

 Fellowship Requirements for Candidates

  • Familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Be enrolled in or have completed a master’s or PHD degree
  • Demonstrable commitment to research 
  • Familiarity with law and international relations 
  • Commit to the fellowship for a period of 6 months full time which may be extended in consideration of each applicant’s performance and skills set 
  • Be in a position to secure sponsorship to cover living expenses in Zimbabwe 

Fellowship Tasks 

  • Conduct research on a priority area within NGAO and in support of the program activities of Hubs 
  • Develop position papers 
  • Design and implement an independent project that is at the intersection of both theory and practice 
  • Attend conferences, meetings or seminars on behalf of NGAO
  • Conduct administration tasks as assigned by the Program Director  
  • Translate research into lobby and advocacy strategies


Fellowship applications will be opening soon.

Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services, increase the mobility of artists and cultural professionals.

Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks.

Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.