The Oxford Policy Fellowship Programme 2020 for early-career Legal Professionals

Application Deadline: Friday 31 January 2020 at 12:00 GMT.

The Fellowship gives legal professionals the opportunity to work within a government in low- and middle-income countries as a civil servant reporting to local managers. Because the demand for Oxford Policy Fellows is led by host governments – rather than being imposed by an outside agency – Fellows’ positions are tailored to the host government’s specific need and context, meaning they are more likely to make a real impact.

The Fellowship is an initiative of Oxford Policy Management and its major funding partner is the UK Government’s Department for International Development (UK DFID). It has also received funding from the New Venture Fund and a private donation.

Given the nature of its funding, the growth of the Fellowship in the fourth cohort is contingent on the level of funding secured. The size of the 2020-2022 cohort is therefore contingent on the amount of funding secured by the Fellowship.


The recruitment is open for applicants of all nationalities who are qualified lawyers. We are looking for applicants with excellent academic qualifications and depending on the specific post, a law degree, an LLM, a Master’s in Law, a Master’s in Public Policy, or a related field will be required. 

Application Procedure:

Applications are made by completing this form AND emailing the below supporting documents to [email protected]. The requirements for the supporting documents are stated in this application form. 1) CV 2) Transcripts 3) Personal Statement 4) Academic Supporting Letter Please ensure your subject of the email is ‘FULL NAME_application’ and documents are saved in the correct format ‘FULL NAME_doc type’ e.g. ‘MARY SMITH_CV’

Application process 2020:

31 January 12:00 GMTApplication closes.
FebruaryThe applicants are contacted with the outcome of the applications.
End of FebruaryPhone interviews are carried out. Applicants are contacted with the outcome in March.
April- Early MayPanel Interviews in person are held. Applicants are contacted with the outcome in May.
May-JuneThe governments select which applicant they wish to employ.
May-JuneSuccessful applicants are offered a posting.
SeptemberOrientation meeting is held. Fellows meet their managers.
October-NovemberFellows start their postings.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Oxford Policy Fellowship Programme 2020


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