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World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Programme 2021 for sub-Saharan African Graduates

The Africa Region of the World Bank Group (WBG) announces the opening of the application for the 2020 WBG-Africa Fellowship Program for Ph.D. Students and recent Ph.D. graduates who are Sub-Saharan nationals. Women are encouraged to apply

Launched in 2013, the World Bank Group (WBG) Africa Fellowship Program targets young talented African nationals who are completing or recently completed a 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, in international institutions, African governments, think tanks, and academia.

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WBG Africa Fellowship Programme


Aim and Benefits of WBG Africa Fellowship Programme

Selected candidates will then be notified and, upon acceptance, will be hired as short-term consultants for six months starting January 2021. 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.? 


Requirements for WBG Africa Fellowship Programme Qualification

 A candidate of the World Bank Africa Fellowship must:

  1. Be a recent Ph.D. graduate (within three years of completion) or be enrolled in the last year of the Ph.D. program.
  2. Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal 
  3. Possess strong quantitative and analytical skills 
  4. Be under the age of 32 by the closing of the application period

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Interview date, Process and Venue for WBG Africa Fellowship Programme

Selection Criteria: The following additional attributes are highly desirable:

  1. A command of an additional World Bank official language
  2. National from fragile and conflict-affected countries
  3. Candidates from refugee and internally displaced communities and/or with proven experience on forced displacement

The selection process consists of two phases: 

In the first phase, a short-list of candidates will be made available for hire for the different units of the WBG depending on applicants’ specialization. Applicants will be notified of about the status of their application or whether they have been shortlisted or not.

In the second phase, the final list of fellows will be selected in consultation with the various units of the WBG. When the selection is complete, all shortlisted candidates will be informed of their selection status. 


Application Deadline

August 23, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to World Bank on wbgfellowship.worldbank.org to apply

For more details, visit WBG website



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