World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program 2023

Deadline: 25th of August, 2023

The African region of the World Bank Group (WBG) announce the opening of the application period for the 2024 WBG Africa Fellowship Program 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 PhD 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 DC 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 Banks goals of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.


To be considered you must be a PhD candidate or recent graduate (within three years of PhD completion) from Sub-Saharan Africa. See full eligibility criteria below

If accepted, you will:

  • Spend six months getting hands-on experience at the WBG headquarters in Washington DC or a country office. The fellowship requires in-person availability for the period January June 2024
  • Work on research, economic policy technical assistance and lending operations that contribute to the WBGs goals of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.


  • 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.


  •  Fellows are eligible to receive consultant lees and round-trip economy class air travel to Washington DC or a WBG country office from their university or institution

Selection Process:

  • Phase 1: A short-list of candidates will be made available for hire to 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 2024

Click here to apply 

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