ATM Fellowship

ATM in partnership with CSO and SOAS, University of London aim to develop 21 young Somalis so that they can take up positions in think-tanks, statutory agencies, local and central government, media agencies, and in the third and private sectors so as to become role models, influence change that benefits Somalis and the wider community, to become ‘bridgeheads’ enabling other Somalis to follow in their footsteps, and to provide strategic leadership that ensures the voice and needs of the community are represented at all levels of public decision-making.

To enable participants to be able to do this they will be put through a unique and award-winning postgraduate degree developed by SOAS, University of London. SOAS has developed the first postgraduate degree in the country that focuses on Law and Community Leadership, and the degree specifically focuses on developing key skills and knowledge needed to enable participants to be leaders.

ATM will supplement the academic learning provided by internationally recognised academics, with a mentoring programme, work shadowing, and 3 major networking events. Each participant will also be offered the opportunity to take up a work-shadowing placement, whether that is a councillor, Dahabshiil, a Member of Parliament, a Member of the House of Lords, in the Department for Education, Environmental Agency, NHS, at a university, with a magistrate, at a local authority, in a charity, voluntary or community organisation. Participants will also have a graduation ceremony, with full robes and honours, at SOAS, University of London. At each network event, e will invite dignitaries including from the US Embassy, FCO, DFID, Home Office, Dahabshiil, Somali Businesses, successful Somalis and major organisations allowing participants to build their networks and networking skills.

As part of the programme, participants will be required to develop a portfolio of activities they plan to do in their communities to help improve the lives of others. We expect participants to become School Governors, contribute back to Somalia, Magistrates, Trustees, Safer Neighborhood board, Members of their local Housing Associations, Non-Executive Directors of statutory agencies, Councilors, Independent Custody Visitors, volunteers for voluntary and community organisations (etc).

The Community Leadership and Law postgraduate degree is a bespoke intensive 6-month programme, which connects academic, theoretical and practical expertise to nurture and cultivate the foundations of leadership. The course is ideally suited for anyone with an interest in making a difference to the communities, in which they live; enabling participants to address issues, network with others, improve their community and influence policies that affect local people’s lives.


  • Application Deadline 19th October 2016
  • Interviews for applicant 24th-25th October 2016
  • Successful applicant notified 28th October 2016
  • Programme Launch Event 7th November 2016
  • Academic Course Starts 9th November 2016
  • Participants graduate June 2017


The full course fee will be fully covered by Anti-Tribalism Movement through external grants and sponsors. We have limited places for 21 people, and selection process and interviews will be merit based conducted by SOAS and external panel.


To be eligible for a Fellowship you must meet the following essential criteria:

  • Aged between 18+
  • Living in the UK
  • Have a UK undergraduate degree
  • Currently in a community leadership role or willing to develop into a similar role
  • A commitment to invest the skills that you acquire on the programme in future community leadership activities in the UK


To enquire about 2017/2018 Fellowship, please email or call 020 3588 1886.


The fellowship is sponsored by the following supporters and we are thankful to them for their generosity: