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The World Bank Group (WBG) invites Africans who are completing or have completed a PhD program (in a discipline that’s relevant to the group’s work) to apply for its Africa Fellowship Program.

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Through this program, the World Bank and its sister organizations aim to strengthen the skills of Africa’s next policymakers and development specialists. The ultimate goal is to develop their capacity to bring about positive change in the economies of countries on the continent.

Fellows will undertake a six-month assignment at the World Bank Group, and gain practical experience working with its component institutions. They will take on tasks in research, economic policy, lending, and technical assistance. Through these roles, they will contribute to the WBG’s aim of alleviating poverty in developing nations.

Note: The program will take place either at the WBG offices in Washington DC or in its country offices. It will host up to 15 fellows, with an additional 10 fellows working on private sector development and finance.


Persons who the World Bank Group selects to take part in its Africa Fellowship Program will benefit from it in the following ways:

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  • Build capacity in disciplines related to policy making and economic development.
  • Gain skills that will enable them to succeed in their careers (whether in international institutions, African governments, think tanks, or academia).
  • Learn how the World Bank Group works with its client countries to drive economic development.


The World Bank Group expects candidates to meet these conditions:

  • Must have completed their PhD program within the last three years, or be in the final year of their PhD program.
  • Possess strong analytical skills.
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Be less than 32 years at the time application for the fellowship closes.

In addition to these, the World Bank Group will look out for candidates who:

  • Are fluent in an additional World Bank official language (one of French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish).
  • From a fragile or conflict-affected country.

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  • From a refugee or internally displaced community, or has experienced forced displacement.

How The Selection Process Will Unfold

The selection process will unfold in two stages.

Stage One: The group will provide a shortlist of candidates for its different units, depending on the applicants’ specialization. They will also inform candidates whether they have been shortlisted or not.

Stage Two: Following consultations with its various units, the WBG will come up with a final list of fellows. It will inform all shortlisted candidates of their status.

The deadline for applications is August 25, 2022. The fellowship will take place between January and June 2023.

If you would like to apply for the World Bank 2023 Africa Fellowship Program, click here.

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This article was first published on 23rd July 2022


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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