OFID Development Leaders Scholarship 2019

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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 180 young leaders to participate in the One Young World Summit since 2011.

This year OFID will sponsor 15 young leaders who are active in international development to participate in the One Young World Summit 2019 which takes place in London, United Kingdom from 22 - 25 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 2019 in London, United Kingdom
  • Hotel accommodation on a shared basis between 22 October and 25 October
  • Catering which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Summit hand-outs and support materials.
  • The cost of travel to and from London.

​​Who can apply?

In order to apply you must be:

  • A national of one of the listed eligible countries. Click here to view list.
Afghanistan Albania Antigua and Barbuda Argentina
Armenia Azerbaijan Bangladesh Barbados
Belize Benin Bolivia Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia
Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad
China Colombia Comoros Congo D.R.
Congo Republic Costa Rica Cote d'Ivoire Cuba
Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Egypt
El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia
Gambia Georgia Ghana Grenada
Guatemala Guinea Guinea Bissau Guyana
Haiti Honduras India Jamaica
Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Korea DPR
Kosovo Kyrgyz Republic Lao PDR Lebanon
Lesotho Liberia Macedonia Madagascar
Malawi Maldives Mali Mauritania
Mauritius Mongolia Morocco Mozambique
Myanmar Namibia Nepal Nicaragua
Niger Oman Pakistan Palestine
Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru
Philippines Rwanda Samoa Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Solomon Islands
Somalia Sri Lanka St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sudan Suriname Swaziland
Syria Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand
Togo Tonga Tunisia Turkey
Turkmenistan Uganda Uzbekistan Vietnam
Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe  


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 2019.

Apply now

Application deadline: 9:00am BST, 13 July 2019