Apply Now: World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program in Washington D.C.
The Africa Region of the World Bank Group (WBG) announced the opening of the application for the 2021 WBG-Africa Fellowship Program for PhD. candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates who are Sub-Saharan Africa nationals. Women are encouraged to apply.
ABOUT THE WBG AFRICA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The World Bank Group (WBG) Africa Fellowship Program targets young, talented African nationals who are completing or have recently completed their Ph.D. in an area relevant to the World Bank’s work. The fellowship program has been very successful since its inception, building a strong pipeline of young African talent interested in a career in development, international institutions, African governments, think tanks, and academia. The program offers chosen fellows a six-month assignment at World Bank Group (WBG) offices in Washington D.C. or in-country offices to gain hands-on experience in the operations of the WBG. This includes knowledge generation and dissemination, design of global and country policies, and the building of institutions to achieve inclusive growth in developing countries.
While benefitting from research and innovation in multiple sectors, fellows will also work on research, economic policy, technical assistance, and lending operations that contribute to the World Bank’s goal of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity. Through the fellowship, we aim to build the capacity of the next generation of African changemakers in development research, policymaking and promote the goals of reducing poverty in the region.
The WBG Africa Fellows have proven to be valuable resources for their hiring units. They contribute to the work program of their respective units and to the World Bank’s mission. In the process, they:
Gain a better understanding of the World Bank Group's mission and operations
Access quality data for their research work
Interact with seasoned experts in the field of development
Contribute to the World Bank Group's mission
Fellows are eligible to receive consultant fees, round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. or a WBG country office from their university or institution, and worker's compensation insurance.
MAIN ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Be a recent Ph.D. graduate (within three years of completion) or be enrolled in the last year of the Ph.D. program.
Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal
Possess strong quantitative and analytical skills
Be under the age of 32 by the closing of the application period