OFID Development Leaders Scholarship 2018

About OFID

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a channel of aid to the developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs - such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education – with the aim of encouraging self-reliance and inspiring hope for the future.

OFID is a long standing supporter of One Young World and has enabled more than 165 young leaders to participate in the One Young World Summit since 2011.

This year OFID will sponsor 20 young leaders who are active in international development to participate in the One Young World Summit 2018 which takes place in The Hague, Netherlands from 17 - 20 October.

To learn more about OFID and its activities please visit: www.ofid.org.

What does the scholarship include?

  • Access to the One Young World Summit 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Hotel accommodation on a shared basis between 17 October and 20 October
  • Catering which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Transport between the Summit accommodation and the Summit venue.
  • Summit hand-outs and support materials.
  • The cost of travel to and from The Hague.

In addition to attend to attending the Summit, all OFID scholars will be able to apply for a €5,000 grant to support their development work.

​​Who can apply?

In order to apply you must be:

  • A national of one of the listed eligible countries. Click here to view list.
AfghanistanAlbania Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia-HerzegovinaBotswanaBurkina FasoBurundi
CambodiaCameroonCape VerdeCentral African Republic
Congo D.R.Congo RepublicCosta RicaCote d'Ivoire
CubaDjiboutiDominicaDominican Republic
EgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritrea
GrenadaGuatemalaGuineaGuinea Bissau
Korea DPRKosovoKyrgyz RepublicLao PDR
PanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeru
PhilippinesRwandaSamoaSao Tome and Principe
SenegalSeychellesSierra LeoneSolomon Islands
SomaliaSri LankaSt. Kitts and NevisSt. Lucia
St. Vincent and the GrenadinesSudanSurinameSwaziland


Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:

  • Evidenced commitment to the sustainable development of their country. This commitment can come in many forms; ranging from a high level of involvement in community initiatives to social entrepreneurship or from leading responsible business practices to public service.
  • Leadership ability
  • Concern for local or global issues
  • Ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas
  • Teamwork

How to apply

Submit an online application in English before 9:00am BST 13 July 2018.

Apply now

Application deadline: 9:00am BST, 13 July 2018