Wednesday, January 2, 2019

[Master and PhD Degree] ECA Fellowships for Young African Professionals 2019

ECA Fellowships for Young African Professionals 2019 is an initiative by Economic Commision for Africa(ECA). It is the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa. Its mandate is to promote the economic and social development of Africa. ECA’s dual role as a regional arm of the UN, and a part of the regional institutional landscape in Africa, positions it well to make unique contributions to member States’ efforts to address their development challenges. Its strength derives from its role as the only UN agency mandated to operate at the regional and sub-regional levels to harness resources and bring them to bear on Africa’s priorities.
In its efforts to reposition itself as a Think Tank of choice in Africa, ECA seeks to engage bright young Africans for skills development through their ECA Fellowships for Young African Professionals. This fellowship initiative is in line with the Commission’s effort to assist member States develop their capacities in economic and social policy research, development, implementation, analysis, governance, and monitoring and evaluation.

ECA is hereby inviting applications from qualified young African Professionals in the following thematic areas:
  • Macroeconomic policy, Economic Governance & Public Finance;
  • Private Sector Development & Finance, including Innovative Finance & Capital Markets;
  • Poverty, Inequality and social development,
  • Gender equality and women empowerment;
  • Demographic Dynamics for Development;
  • Innovation and Technology;
  • Climate Change & Management of Natural Resources, including Green Economy;
  • Industrialization and Economic Diversification Policies;
  • Development Planning and Statistics;
  • Regional Integration; Infrastructure and Trade;
  • Labor Economics and Employment.

The ECA Fellowships aim to provide practical, on-the-job experience to the young professionals as they prepare either for a career in research and international development and the public sector. 

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  • The opportunity to familiarize with the Commission’s broad programmes and
  • services to member States and sub-regional bodies in addressing economic and social dimensions of Africa’s development priorities.
  • A one-off settling-in grant of USD 3,000 and a monthly stipend of USD 3,000 for the duration of the fellowship.

  • The candidate must have graduated before 1 March 2019 from either a Masters Degree or doctorate degree or equivalent;
  • Should have interest in one or more of the identified thematic areas;
  • Selected candidates will work on a predefined project, designed to contribute to specific aspects of the work programme of the mentoring Division, Sub-Regional Office or ECA Centres, and contribute to other activities;
  • Participate in national, regional or international meetings as assigned for exposure;
  • Submit a peer reviewed research paper at the end of the assignment;
  • Will be part of an alumni association of ECA Fellows and member of practicing international development “community of practice”.
  • Candidates applying for the position must be 35 years of age or below, at the time of the application. 
  • Nationality: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa member States 

How to Apply:
Candidates must submit their applications together with the following documents:
  • Cover letter
  • UN Personal History Profile (PHP). This can be created at
  • A research proposal of not less than 1,000 words (in candidates’ preferred thematic area listed under General Information)
  • Copy of academic certificates
  • Copy of applicant’s national passport (information page only), and;
  • Three letters of reference/recommendation
    Applications with all the supporting documents should be emailed to the address indicated on the website, bearing the appropriate subject line.

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