World Bank Fellowship Program for Sub-Saharan Africans in USA, 2018


The Africa Region of the World Bank Group (WBG) is announcing the third Africa Fellowship Program for Ph.D. students and recent graduates who are Sub-Saharan nationals. The program intends to attract young African talent to the World Bank Group workplace.

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. 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 Bank goal of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.

This year, thanks to a generous contribution from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), there are 10 additional fellowship positions with a special focus on forced displacement.


  • Be a recent PhD. graduate or be enrolled in an academic institution as a PhD. student and returning to university after the fellowship

  • Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal

  • Possess strong quantitative and analytical skills

  • Be born on or after October 1, 1986

The following additional attributes are highly desirable:

  • A 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 on forced displacement



Applied statistics and econometrics

Impact evaluation




Agriculture i



Forced displacement

All relevant development fields.