World Bank Fellowship for Students (Paid)

World Bank Fellowship program for PhD Students(Paid)

This WBG Africa fellowship opportunity is. open to Ph.D. candidates and recent graduates (within three years of Ph.D. completion) from Sub-Saharan Africa. The above categories of person are eligible to apply for the World Bank Group-Africa Fellowship Program.

World Bank Group-Africa Fellows will spend six months getting hands-on experience at World Bank Group 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 Group’s goal of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.

Application for World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program 

Application opens on July 15, 2022.

The Africa regions of the World Bank Group (WBG) announce the opening of the application for the 2023 WBG-Africa Fellowship Program for Ph.D.

candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates who are Sub-Saharan Africa nationals. Women are encouraged to apply.


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, in international institutions, African governments, think tanks, and academia.

The program offers selected fellows a six-month assignment at WBG offices in Washington D.C. or in country offices to gain hands-on experience in WBG operations.

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 change makers in development research, policymaking and promote the goals of reducing poverty in the region.


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, August 23, 2022


The selection process consists of two phases:

Phase I: A short-list of candidates will be made available for hire for the different units of the WBG depending on the applicants’ specialization. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application or whether they have been shortlisted or not.

Phase II: 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. Selected candidates will then be notified and, upon acceptance, be hired as short-term consultants for six months starting January 2022.

Fellows are eligible to receive consultant fees and round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. or a WBG country office from their university or institution.


see also United Nations Development External Jobs

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