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The Africa Region of the World Bank Group (WBG) is inviting PhD students and recent PhD graduates who are Sub-Saharan nationals, to apply for the 2020 WBG-Africa Fellowship Program. Fellows will spend a minimum of six months at the World Bank offices in Washington, D.C. or in field offices, getting hands-on experience in development work. Fellows will 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 to achieve inclusive growth in developing countries.

The 2020 WBG Africa Fellowship Program will host up to 15 fellows. This year, with the support of the Think Africa Partnership, an additional 10 fellowship positions will be supported, with a special focus on private sector development and finance. The additional 10 fellows will work on improving the macroeconomic, business and financial frameworks to enhance private sector investment, strengthen economic policy making and ultimately promote economic growth across the region.

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.


Fellows will be hired as short-term consultants for a minimum of 6 months, for which they will be paid consultant fees, and will receive round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. or a WBG country office from their university, and worker’s compensation insurance.

The fellowship will take place between January and June 2020.


Applicants must be young talented Sub-Saharan nationals who are recent PhD graduates, or current doctoral students within a year of completing or graduating from a PhD program in development related fields, including, but not limited to economics, education, health, governance, energy, agriculture, infrastructure and demography. They have to be below the age of 32 as at 25 August 2019. Preference may be given to those born on or after 1 October 1988.

They need to have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal.


Applications are to be done online by 25 August 2019.

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