Varkey Foundation Fellowship Programme


The Varkey Foundation is an education NGO with projects currently operating in Ghana and Uganda. The NGO has a particular focus on teacher training. Our mission is that every child should have a good teacher. We do this through building teacher capacity, advocacy campaigns to promote excellence teaching practice at the highest levels of policy making and providing grants to partner organisations that o er innovative solutions in support of our mission.

As part of their advocacy programs, the Varkey Foundation hosts The Global Education and Skills Forum annually in Dubai. The event encourages delegates from all around the world to network, debate and discuss all matters concerning education. Each year, the Forum focuses on certain themes, and last year’s theme was ‘how can we make education everyone’s business’.

Past attendees include former Prime Minister, Tony Blair and Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova as well as Heads of States from all over the world.

For more information on the speakers that participate at the conference, please visit

The event also holds the Global Teacher Prize ceremony, which is in its third year running.


The Varkey Foundation is o ering four exciting 7 month paid Fellowships to start in September for recent graduates with a passion for making a di erence in education and contributing to make the GESF a success.

The fellowship will pay a salary of £20,000 for the period of the contract.

This is a work from home fellowship open to applicants from all over the world. Fellows will receive continuous support and guidance from the team, with constant communication. The Fellowship will involve travel to Dubai for up to four weeks in the lead-up to the GESF conference.

This opening provides Fellows with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the education and philanthropy sector.

In addition to shared learning activities, each Fellow undertakes a programme of personal and professional development.

The structure of the Fellowship depends on the development needs and aspirations of the individual and includes:

  • Group workshops with the Fellowship cohort (focusing on areas such as fundraising and philanthropy, public engagement, strategic planning and event management)
  • Intensive on the job learning
  • Extensive coaching and mentoring
  • Networking with education leaders


Please send your CV and a one page cover letter to [email protected], outlining your motivation and suitability for the role, no later than Friday 8th of July.

Please note we will be interviewing candidates during this time, so early application is recommended. If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to a two stage interview process.