World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program for Ph.D. Students

The 2024 World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Programme offers Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates from Sub-Saharan Africa a fantastic opportunity to become change agents in their native countries. Prospective students are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in their academic endeavors and Africa’s broader growth and change.

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. 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 D.C., or in-country offices to gain hands-on experience in WBG operations. This includes knowledge generation and dissemination, the design of global and country policies, and building 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.

Duration: 06 Months


Fellows are eligible to receive consultant fees and round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C., or a WBG country office from their university or institution.


The candidates for the World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program shall:

  • 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.
  • However, women are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Application Process

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Deadline: August 25, 2023.

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