World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Programme 2022 for Sub-Saharan African
World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Programme 2022 for Sub-Saharan African


The Africa Region of the World Bank Group (WBG) announces the opening of the application for the 2022 WBG-Africa Fellowship Program for Ph.D. Students and recent Ph.D. graduates who are Sub-Saharan nationals.

World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Programme

Launched in 2013, the World Bank Group (WBG) Africa Fellowship Program targets young talented African nationals who are completing or recently completed a 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 chosen fellows a six-month assignment at World Bank Group (WBG) offices in Washington D.C. or in-country offices to gain hands-on experience in the operations of the WBG.


This includes knowledge generation and dissemination, the 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 changemakers in development, policymaking and promote the goals of reducing poverty in the region.

The 2022 WBG Africa Fellowship Program expects to host up to 15 fellows. This year, with the support of the Think Africa Partnership, a private sector window provides support for 10 additional fellowship positions with a special focus on private sector development and finance.

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The additional 10 fellows will work on improving the macroeconomic, business, and financial frameworks to enhance private sector investment, strengthen economic policymaking and ultimately promote economic growth across the region.

World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Programme Eligibility

A candidate of the World Bank Africa Fellowship must:

  • 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

Selection Criteria: The following additional attributes are highly desirable:

  • Command of an additional World Bank official language
  • National from fragile and conflict-affected countries
  • Candidates from refugee and internally displaced communities and/or with proven experience in forced displacement

After submitting an application online, the most promising candidates for the World Bank Africa Fellowship will be identified, and their application packages forwarded to World Bank Africa Region managers and participating departments for consideration.


Departments and managers will then indicate their preferences, as well as the project to be undertaken.

Selected candidates will then be notified and, upon acceptance, will be hired as short-term consultants for a minimum of six months.

Value of Fellowship

Fellows will receive consultant fees, round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. or a WBG country office from their university, and worker’s compensation insurance.

Duration of Fellowship: Fellows will spend a minimum of six months. The fellowship period of engagement is January-June 2021.


How to Apply for World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Programme

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For more information, visit the World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Programme.


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