World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program: Frequently Asked Questions

August 2, 2016

I am having problems completing the application submission form. What do I do?

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Can I apply by sending my CV and motivation letter to the e-mail address provided?

No. All applications must be submitted using the application form. Applications submitted via e-mail will not be considered.

What is the deadline to apply?

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 WBG Africa Fellowship Program. The September 30, 2016 application deadline has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications at this time. 

If selected, when am I expected to start?

Selected candidates are expected to begin their six-month assignment between October 2016 and March 2017.

Can I apply for a job at the World Bank after the 6-month assignment is over?

Yes. Fellows may apply for jobs at the World Bank after their six-month assignment.

I am over 32 years of age and enrolled in a Ph.D. program. Can I still apply?

You may apply, however priority will be given to candidates who meet the age requirement.

Why is the WBG Africa Fellowship age limit 32-years-old?

While the fellowship program is designed to provide an opportunity for SSA African nationals get valuable, real world development experience and increase diversity throughout the World Bank Group, it can also be a stepping stone into the World Bank Group’s Young Professionals Program (YPP). To be eligible for the YPP, a competitive starting point for a career at the WBG, applicants must be 32 years of age or younger, had at least three years of relevant professional experience related to development, or continued academic study at the doctoral level. By aligning the fellowship criteria with that of the YPP, fellows are in a unique position to continue their careers at the World Bank through the Young Professionals Program. 

I just earned my Ph.D. Can I apply?

Yes. Candidates who already have a Ph.D. can apply, provided they meet the age requirement.

I have a Master’s degree and/or an MBA, but am not enrolled in a Ph.D. program and don’t yet have a Ph.D. Will I be considered?

No. The current program is for Ph.D. candidates only.

Do I have to be fluent in English to apply?

Yes. Fellows are expected to work in English; so the ability to speak and write fluently is a requirement.

If I was a 2013 WBG fellow, am I eligible to reapply?

No, previous fellows are not eligible to apply. However, previous applicants who were not selected as fellows are encouraged to reapply if you still meet program requirements.