World Bank Africa Fellowship Program 2023

World Bank Africa Fellowship Program for Sub-Saharan African Graduates

by Debbie

World Bank Africa Fellowship Program by the Africa regions of the World Bank Group is for Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates who are Sub-Saharan Africa nationals. Women are encouraged to apply. Through the fellowship, we aim to build the capacity of the next generation of African change-makers in development research and policymaking and assist poverty reduction in the region.

The 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.

World Bank Africa Fellowship Program

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.

Eligibility for World Bank Africa Fellowship Program

  • 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.

How to Apply

  • Click here to apply for the WBG Africa Fellowship Program: Apply Now
  • For more details, visit WBG website

Benefits of World Bank Africa Fellowship Program

  • 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 goals of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.
  • Fellows are eligible to receive consultant fees and round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. or a WBG office from their university or institution.


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