Initiative

On Think Tanks Fellowship Programme

Every year, On Think Tanks opens its doors to young and promising think tank leaders to co-develop a new global leadership paradigm. The 2018 OTT-TTI Fellowship Programme has been designed in collaboration with the Think Tank Initiative.

No one would deny the increasing complexity, urgency and interdependency of the challenges involved in research and public policy. Our governments are facing problems that they will not be able to address without solid and fruitful alliances with non-State players: think tanks have a unique opportunity to broker these new relationships and strengthen old ones.

To succeed, they will have to challenge the status quo – of their own business models, their policy research communities and the broader political, economic and social environments.

Younger generations bring a fresh and creative perspective to age-old problems. We want to embrace this to trigger change together.

Every year On Think Tanks opens its doors to young and promising think tank leaders to co-develop a new global leadership paradigm. The Fellowship has been developed for thinktankers who are committed to undergo a long term process of  personal and professional development. OTT School offers other shorter courses and learning opportunities.

Meet the 2018 Fellows

In 2018, the OTT-TTI Fellowship Programme was been designed in collaboration with the Think Tank Initiative. The programme aims to help young thinktankers to become real agents of change capable of transforming their organisations and making them healthier, more aligned with global possibilities and challenges, and capable of achieving a larger and deeper contribution to their people and communities.

The TTI collaboration has made it possible to work with thinktankers within the cohort of think tanks supported by the global initiative over the last 9 years. By supporting the development of leadership skills among the new generation of thinktankers, the programme will contribute to the TTI’s legacy beyond the end of its support, due to end in March 2019. Out of stronger think tanks will emerge stronger leaders.



With a focus on inclusivity, this programme strives to ensure a diversity in gender and roles (research and communications) across the cohort of young leaders.

The programme:

  • Provides future and emerging young leaders with an opportunity to strengthen capacities and fine-tune skills and competencies that will contribute to their leadership roles within their organisations;
  • Offers future think tank leaders an opportunity to network and learn from current and past leaders in the think tank world as well as exchange experiences and lessons with each other; and
  • Offers emerging leaders a chance to help shape the development of future generations of leaders.

How to support the OTT Fellowship programme?

We are looking for support for future Fellowship cycles. Every year, the Fellowship offers excellent learning opportunities about personal and professional development, mentoring, collaboration, etc. We take advantage of these opportunities to learn and adapt our programme.

We look forward for long term funding for the programme but are happy to discuss how the programme can cater for individual funders’ grantees.

Please get in touch.

Any questions about our capacity development efforts?

Please contact us on [email protected]


This initiative is kindly supported by the Think Tank Initiative.

And we recognise the long term support of the Hewlett Foundation.