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World Bank Group Fellowship Program for PhD Students of African Descent, USA

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The World Bank Africa Region is offering fellowship program for PhD students of African descent. Fellows will spend a minimum of six months getting hands-on experience at World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. Candidates must be 32 years of age or below and must be enrolled in an academic institution and returning to university after the fellowship. The Bank is particularly interested in recruiting women. Fellows will receive consultant fees, round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. from their university, and worker’s compensation insurance.

Study Subject (s): Fellows will work on economic policy, technical assistance to countries, and lending for eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.
Course Level: World Bank Group Fellows will spend a minimum of six months getting hands-on experience at World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. Fellows will be expected to complete a research project and prepare a research paper to present to staff.
Scholarship Provider: The World Bank Africa Region
Scholarship can be taken at: USA (Washington D.C)

Eligibility: PhD students of African descent, particularly women, are eligible to apply for the new World Bank Group Fellowship Program. Doctoral students of African descent within one or two years of completing a PhD program in the following fields: Economics, Demography, Applied Statistics and Econometrics, Impact Evaluation, Education, Health, Energy, Agriculture, and Infrastructure. Candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in an academic institution and returning to university after the fellowship
  • Be 32 years of age or below
  • Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal
  • Possess strong quantitative and analytical skills

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students of African descent can apply for the fellowship.

Scholarship Description: The Africa Region of the World Bank Group is launching the World Bank Group Fellowship Program for Ph.D. students of African descent. The program will increase the diverse workforce that is a priority for the Bank and its clients. The Fellowship Program aims to build a pipeline of researchers and professionals from the African Diaspora, particularly women, who are interested in working in the development field at home or abroad, and in starting careers with the World Bank Group.“The Fellowship Program represents an incredible opportunity not only for young African scholars to conduct research and develop their careers in development, but also for the World Bank Group to learn from their experiences and fresh insight, as well as absorb the tremendous energy young people can contribute to our work and mission,” said Sean McGrath, Vice President for Human Resources at the World Bank Group.

Duration of award(s): Fellows will spend a minimum of six months at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

What does it cover? Fellows will receive consultant fees, round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. from their university, and worker’s compensation insurance.

How to Apply: After submitting an application online, the most promising candidates 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.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Contact employer

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application


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