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United Nations 2021 ECA Fellowship Programme for Young African Professionals

United Nations ECA Fellowship Programme  mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

As a foremost knowledge policy institution in Africa, ECA seeks to engage bright young Africans for skills and capacity development, training and mentorship through a fellowship programme within ECA’s work programme.

This fellowship initiative is in line with the Commission’s effort to assist member States develop their capacities in economic and social policy research, development, implementation, analysis, governance, and monitoring and evaluation.

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UN ECA Fellowship Programme


Aim and Benefits of UN ECA Fellowship Programme

  1. The selected Fellows must be available to travel to the assigned duty station as may be decided by ECA after the selection process;
  2. The selected Fellows will receive a return air ticket between his/her country of residence and the assigned duty station;
  3. The selected Fellows will receive a one-off settling-in grant of USD 3,000 and a monthly stipend of USD 3,000 each for the duration of the fellowship. Note that the final month stipend will only be paid upon submission of:
    1. A peer-reviewed fellowship research paper,
      A comprehensive fellowship report, an approved final performance evaluation of
      the fellow,
    2. A completed fellowship programme evaluation form and
    3. An exit boarding pass or immigration stamp showing that the fellow has departed the duty station and returned back to his/her home country, where both are not the same, at the end of the fellowship programme.
  4. The fellowship program is for six months but may be extended for a maximum of another six months.

Requirements for UN ECA Fellowship Programme Qualification

The UN regulations on temporary positions and the following conditions will apply:

  1. The candidate applying for this fellowship programme must be 35 years of age or below, at the time of the application;
  2. The candidate must be a national of a member State of the Economic Commission for Africa;
  3. The candidate must have graduated before 1 March 2019 from either a master’s degree or doctorate degree programme, or equivalent;
  4. The candidate should have interest in one or more of the identified thematic areas;
  5. The selected candidate will work on a predefined project, designed to contribute to specific aspects of the work programme of the mentoring Division, Sub-Regional Office or ECA Centres, and contribute to other activities;
  6. The selected candidate should participate in national, regional or international meetings as assigned for exposure;
  7. The selected candidate should submit and present at a seminar a peer reviewed research paper at the end of the assignment; and
  8. The selected candidate will be part of an alumni association of ECA Fellows and member of practicing international development “community of practice”.

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Documents Required for Application

This call is open only to nationals of the Economic Commission for Africa member States.

  1. UN Personal History Profile (PHP). This can be created at http://inspira.un.org. Follow the directions at: https://unmogip.unmissions.org/file/2447/download?token=bWKLlSJ6 to create
    your PHP; save the draft as a PDF, and include the PDF as an attachment with
    your email
  2. A research proposal of not less than 1,000 words (in candidate’s preferred thematic area
    listed above)
  3. Copy of academic certificates
  4. Copy of applicant’s national passport (information page only), and;
  5. Three letters of reference/recommendation

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its recruitment. Qualified female candidates and young scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

Candidates must submit their PHPs and the following documents as PDF attachments:



Application Deadline

April 14, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations on inspira.un.org to apply

ALL SUBMISSIONS TO BE EMAILED TO: [email protected]



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