World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program 2018 for Ph.D. students & recent graduates (Fully Funded)


Application Deadline: November 15th 2017

  • Ph.D. students and recent graduates from Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly women, are eligible to apply for the World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program
  • World Bank Group Fellows will spend a minimum of six months getting hands-on experience at World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C., or country offices
  • Fellows will work on research, economic policy, technical assistance, and lending operations that contribute to the World Bank goal of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.

The Africa Region of the World Bank Group (WBG) is announcing the third Africa Fellowship Program for Ph.D. students and recent graduates who are Sub-Saharan nationals. The program intends to attract young African talent to the World Bank Group workplace.

This year, the program is run by the World Bank’s Office of Chief Economist for Africa in collaboration with the Fragility, Conflict & Violence (FCV) Unit. Started in 2013 by World Bank Africa Vice President Makhtar Diop, the World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program aims to build a pipeline of Sub-Saharan African researchers and professionals, particularly women, who are interested in working in the development field at home or abroad, and in starting careers with the WBG. Many graduates of the fellowship program have gone on to join the WBG, and others have pursued promising development careers around the world.


Sub-Saharan nationals who are recent Ph.D. graduates, or current doctoral students within a year of completing or graduating from a Ph.D. program in the following fields: economics, applied statistics and econometrics, impact evaluation, education, health, energy, agriculture, infrastructure, demography, forced displacement, and all relevant development fields.

Candidates must:

  • be a recent PhD. graduate or be enrolled in an academic institution as a PhD. student and returning to university after the fellowship
  • have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal
  • possess strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Be born on or after October 1, 1986

The following additional attributes are highly desirable:

  • a command of an additional World Bank official language
  • national from fragile and conflict-affected countries
  • candidates from refugee and internally displaced communities and/or with proven experience on forced displacement


Selection Process

The deadline to submit an application is November 15, 2017. After applying online, the most suitable candidates will be identified, and their application packages forwarded to World Bank Africa Region managers and participating departments for consideration. Departments and managers will then indicate their preferences, as well as the project to be undertaken.

Selected candidates will then be notified and, upon acceptance, will be hired as short-term consultants for a minimum of six months. Fellows will receive consultant fees, round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. or a WBG country office from their university, and worker’s compensation insurance.

Apply for the Africa Fellowship Program now

For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the The World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program 2018



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