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Exclusive 2021 Fellowships for African Nationals

Fellowships are usually short - term programs that can sometimes last for years and are awarded to individuals to advance their cause of research, education, or field of interest. Unlike certain scholarships which are awarded based on need, fellowships tend to emphasize merit! Fellowships may come with a stipend or other forms of non - monetary value. This post highlights 3 exclusive fellowships for qualified African nationals.


The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program was founded in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in order to train women’s human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home to their countries in order to advance the status of women and girls in their own countries throughout their careers.

The entire LAWA Fellowship Program is approximately 14 months long (from July of the first year through August of the following year), after which the LAWA Fellows return home to continue advocating for women’s rights in their own countries. The LAWA Program starts in July, when the Fellows attend the Georgetown Law Center’s Foundations of American Law and Legal Education course.

The LAWA Program helps defray the costs for women’s rights attorneys from Africa who would not otherwise be able to afford a Master of Laws degree focusing on international women’s human rights and the additional leadership training. The LAWA Fellowship provides the tuition for the Foundations of American Law and Legal Education Course (a U.S. $5,000 benefit) and for the LL.M. degree (a U.S. $66,650 benefit) at the Georgetown University Law Center, as well as professional development training.

Candidates who are admitted to the LAWA Program must be prepared to cover the costs of all additional expenses (such as their visas, travel, housing, utilities, food, clothing, health insurance, books, etc.), and must be able to demonstrate to the U.S. Embassy for visa purposes that they have the funds available to cover those expenses (approximately $28,000).

Application Opened: October 2020.

Application Deadline: January 2021.

Eligibility Criteria: Human Right Lawyers from any African country (See website for more).


The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders. Through this annual fellowship programme, we seek to deepen and broaden our growing network which continues to contribute its skills and learning to a better Africa.

The Fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive offices of either the AfDB (Abidjan), UNECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva) with an annual stipend of $100,000.

Application Opened: August 2020

Eligibility Criteria: National of an African country, 7-10 years of relevant work experience, Master’s degree, under the age of 40, or 45 for women with children, any additional criteria as set by the host.


The World Bank Group (WBG) Africa Fellowship 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, international institutions, African governments, think tanks, and academia. The program offers chosen fellows a six-month assignment at World Bank Group (WBG) offices in Washington D.C. or in country offices to gain hands-on experience in the operations of the WBG. This includes knowledge generation and dissemination, design of global and country policies, and the building of institutions to achieve inclusive growth in developing countries.

Application Opened: July 2020

Application Deadline: August 23, 2020

Eligibility Criteria: 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.

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