The African Development Bank offer scholarships for the Young Professionals Program

Brief description:

The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a highly competitive program targeting motivated, talented, young professionals under the age of thirty-two (32) committed to making a difference on the continent. Upon acceptance and entry, successful applicants will undergo a unique on-the-job training and development to prepare them for a rewarding career and future leadership roles within the Bank. Successful candidates must be committed to Africa’s development and demonstrate outstanding academic and professional achievement, as well as effective team work and leadership potential.

Host Institution(s):

African Development Bank

Number of Awards:

The Bank seeks to hire approximately twenty (20) young professionals each year through the Young Professional Program.

Target group:

Applicants must be nationals of AfDB member countries. See complete list of member countries.


The program enables each professional to receive extensive exposure to and experience from various Bank departments and development programs through job rotation. Young professionals are expected to rotate through, at least, three (3) assignments over a 3-year period, which may include one assignment at an AfDB field office. Young professionals will also benefit from a coaching and mentoring arrangement as well as a wide range of relevant training opportunities. Upon successfully completing the program, young professionals will graduate into a professional level position.


•  Must be a citizen of a Bank Group member country (regional and non-regional)

•  Born on or after 1 November 1977 (32 years of age or younger when assuming duty in October 2010)

•  A minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, engineering, social sciences, international development, business administration, finance, banking or any discipline relevant to the Bank’s business

•  Fluent in English and/or French with a good working knowledge of the other language


•  Multi-disciplinary background and a minimum of two years relevant work experience

•  Outstanding academic credentials

•  Demonstrated commitment to African development (field experience on the continent and/or in other developing countries is an added advantage)

•  Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English and/or French with a working knowledge of the other language (working knowledge of a third language that is relevant to the Bank’s operation is an advantage)

•  Ability/motivation to work in a multi-cultural work environment

•  Demonstrated high leadership potential

•  Demonstrated strong analytical skills, dynamism, results-orientation, and problem-solving capability

Application date: Application date for this scholarship is 30 April (annually)

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