Oxford Policy Fellowship Programme 2019



Location (s):

  • United Kingdom
  • Worldwide


Are you looking for a change of legal career? Become an Oxford Policy Fellow and use your legal knowledge in an international development context.


The Oxford Policy Fellowship provides high calibre, early-career legal and public policy advisors to ministries full time for two years, to build local capacity in the long term and provide immediate gap filling. Governments and Fellows participating in the Oxford Policy Fellowship become a part of a network of government practitioners across the African continent, and beyond.

The Fellowship is the start of an exciting new chapter in your career. It opens the door to a career with a range of international agencies, NGOs, development consultancies and governmental organisations.

Recruitment for the next round of Fellows is currently open and will close on Friday 01 February 2019 at 12:00 noon GMT

Statistics from the 2018 recruitment:

  • The Fellowship received 75 applicants for five advertised posts: over half of the applicants from the ‘global South’, 55 per cent were women;
  • The Fellowship Programme Staff conducted 31 first round interviews and 20 panel interviews: 65 per cent from the ‘global south’ and over half were women;
  • Governments selected five Fellows: applicants come from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Nepal and India; two are women and three are men.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Governments have a broad range of demands, and so we are looking for a range of profiles to best fit each Fellowship posting. Below is a general guideline of the qualifications and experience required for an Oxford Policy Fellow:

  • Undergraduate or graduate qualification in law, or otherwise a qualified lawyer;
  • Master’s degree in other relevant discipline (international development, political science, international relations or related field) desirable;
  • Experience in commercial law and/or private international law practice desirable for some postings;
  • Experience in environmental law and climate change law desirable for some postings;
  • Experience in trade law desirable for some postings;
  • Experience in health law desirable for some postings; 
  • Experience in education law desirable for some postings; 
  • Demonstrable experience with legal analysis and drafting;
  • Previous experience working in public policy and capacity building desirable;
  • Strong interpersonal and team working skills. Ability to work closely with local counterparts and develop good relationships in an international and multi-cultural setting;
  • Ability to work independently and proactively;
  • Experience in developing countries and/or transitional economies desirable;
  • Demonstrated understanding (either from previous work experience or study) of key issues in international development, including an understanding of overseas development assistance, desirable.
  • Excellent research, IT and coordination skills.
  • Fluency in a language other than English is a plus.


Deadline: February 01, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

Inclusive of contributions from host Ministries, Fellows will receive a total salary of £26,000 a year, plus a housing allowance and, airfare to and from the posting.

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