Project information

Fellowship Programme

The APP fellowship programme is a leadership development programme, incorporating both academic and personal development for senior prison staff across Africa, with the objective of establishing a new model for imprisonment based on restorative justice, human rights and rehabilitation.

1 year per fellowship and ongoing support post fellowship

Charity information: AFRICAN PRISONS PROJECT

  • Need


    Prisons staff have an important role to play in prison reform, in both allowing prisoners to access human rights and in being advocates for them. Prison staff are hindered by shortcomings of resources, and lack of opportunities for education & training, resulting in overcrowding & poor conditions within prisons, the failure to protect the rights of pre-trial detainees, women, and children, the untapped potential of alternative sentencing and the unfulfilled mandate of rehabilitation.


    APP will be working with influential prison staff, who are committed to rehabilitation and immersing them in a different setting, giving them the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in Public Health, Law or Education, and the opportunity to see how UK prisons operate and to take from it what they can & share the ideas in their home country. APP will give guidance to graduating students about returning home and will offer matched funding for projects initiated by the fellows.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establishing a new model for imprisonment based on restorative justice, human rights &rehabilitation


    » Provide senior members of prison staff who are committed to penal reform with a fellowship to study for an MA at a UK University.
    » Provide intense mentoring and training to each fellow whilst in the UK, to build networks and encourage leadership development.
    » Bring together all of the fellows during holiday times to share ideas of best practice and ideas for when they return home.
    » To ensure that prison staff fellows are bound to their home prison services for 5 years and match fund projects they wish to initiate.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...sharing ideas of prison leadership, improved prison infrastructure, improved staff training, increased access to services within prisons, respect for human rights

  • Impact


    The project will decrease the rate of recidivism of offenders by ensuring that their time spent in prison is a period of positive transformation, where the skills and attitude is gained to contribute positively to society on release from prison. We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the rates of recidivism, an increased rate of employment of those leaving prison and decreased stigma surrounding offenders in the wider community perceptions.


    There is a risk that fellows travelling to the UK will experience culture shock being immersed in a different setting to what they are used to. We have dealt with this risk by building a network in the UK to welcome the fellows, providing them with a support group on arrival, both for academic and personal support. Each fellow will be assisgned personal mentors and will be able to meet regularly with other fellows in the UK.


    Funders of this project will receive a monthly report detailing the ongoing activities of the fellows and their progress. Donors will be invited to meet the fellows that are studying in the UK and become part of their network. Donors will be updated of projects initiated by the fellows on return.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Living Expenses Travel and living expenses for one fellow for one year
      £15,000 Masters Cost of a MA degree in Law, Education or Public Health for one fellow
      £5,000 Support Support from the Fellowship officer for one fellow
      £5,000 Funding Matched funding for projects initiated by one fellow on return to their home prison service

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Nottingham University have pledged 2 full scholarships, 1 for a MA in public health, 1 for an MA in Law £32,000 Conditional
    Oxford Brookes has offered one fee waiver plus living costs for any of its Master’s courses £20,000 Conditional
    University of Westminster has offered one fee waiver plus living costs for any of its Master’s courses £20,000 Conditional
  • Background


    APP have currently secured partnerships with the University of Westminster, University of Nottingham and Oxford Brookes University. We are currently working on building partnerships with other universities in the UK. Fellows will be attending universities across the UK, and will come together in different locations in the UK. Applications for the fellowships are being received from senior prison staff across Sub-Saharan Africa.


    The impact of this project would be massive; each fellow will be a senior prison staff, who, on return will share their share their new knowledge, skills, experiences and expertise with their 80+ colleagues, involving sharing about new ideas of prison management, staff training, prison infrastructure, knowledge learnt from their degree course, views on rehabilitation and the power of education, for example. The much wider impact will be for inmates and ex-inmates, as well as for development.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    APP has attained experience of provision of education through many of its projects; in 2011, APP supported 8 inmates, ex-inmates and prison staff to study for a Diploma in the Common Law or LLB degree via correspondence with the University of London. APP also carries out daily educational programmes, including creative writing, functional adult literacy and numeracy and book clubs. APP has established libraries in Uganda and have expert advisors in tertiary education, law and development.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    UK Fellowship Officer

    Liaising with fellows pre-visit, during visit and post-visit, with UK universities, prison services and other network building. UK based.

    Emmanual Oteng

    Emmanuel leads the legal projects in Uganda, Emmanuel will be responsible for promoting the project across Africa, collecting & handling applications.

    Volunteer Mentors

    Volunteer mentors will be an essential part of this project to assist the fellows during their time in the UK.

Trustee of APP talking about the need and solution