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The World Bank Group Fellowship Program

The report is from Washington, D.C. on September 13th, 2013.

The Africa Region of the world Bank Group (WBG) is going to launch the World Bank Group Fellowship Program to support PhD students of African descent. The Fellowship Program aims to diverse workforce which is a top priority both for the Bank and its clients.  

Among the main tasks set out for the program is to engage African researchers and professionals, especially women, who can be interested in the work in the development field in their home countries or overseas. The World Bank Group offers to start the career with their team!

Sean McGrath, Vice President for Human Resources at the WBG, reports that the Fellowship Program can create a great opportunity not just for young African researchers to proceed with their groundwork and develop their careers, but also for the WBG to learn from their fresh insight and experiences, absorbing the incredible energy that young scholars can put into their work and goals.

About the Program

Fellows are welcome to spend 6 months at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., acquiring practical experience in development work. The experience includes generation and dissemination of knowledge, designing country and global policies and building institutions in order to achieve significant growth in lee developed countries. Fellows will be able to benefit from innovation and research in different spheres while working on technical assistance, economic policies, eliminating poverty and increasing prosperity in their home regions. Considerable attention will be also paid to work with fragile states or states affected by conflicts.

All fellows are expected to complete their research projects and write a research paper.

Also, the selected participants will be able to:

  • get a fuller understanding of the missions and operations pinned on the WBGs;
  • get an access to quality data needed for their research;
  • collaborate with real experts in the sphere of their development;
  • make a contribution towards the WBGs’ missions.

Who Is Eligible to Apply

The Fellowship Program is available for doctoral students of African descent within 1 or 2 years to complete a PhD program in these fields:

  • Agriculture;
  • Applied Statistics and Econometrics;
  • Demography;
  • Economics;
  • Education;
  • Energy;
  • Health;
  • Impact Evaluation;
  • Infrastructure

An applicant is required to:

  • be a student at an academic institution where he or she can return after the fellowship;
  • be no older than 32;
  • have excellent skills in English writing and speaking;
  • have strong analytical and quantitative skills.

Process of Selection

  1. After filing an online application, the most promising applicants will be selected; their application packages will be forwarded to participating departments and to the Africa Region managers who will consider the applications.
  2. Managers and departments will indicate their preferences, and selected applicants will be informed.
  3. Awardees will be hired as short-term consultants for the minimum period of 6 months.
  4. Nominated fellows will receive consultant fees, workers’ compensation insurance and a return economy class ticket.

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