Oxford Policy Fellowship 2020-2022 – Call for Applications

Deadline: 31 January 2020
Open to: applicants of all nationalities
Benefits: each fellow will receive a total salary of around GBP 26,000 per annum


Applications for the Oxford Policy Fellowship’s cohort 6 are now open.

Oxford Policy Fellows have the unique opportunity of working as an embedded technical advisor in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) governments. Fellows are employed directly by government ministries and work alongside local counterparts. Each Fellow has a terms of reference which is tailored to meet the specific country context. The Fellowship provides an exceptional opportunity for Fellows to acquire a comprehensive understanding of how an LMIC government ministry works in practice.

Oxford Policy Fellows are high-calibre lawyers with an exceptional skill set. The Fellows have a strong academic track-record, with most of them holding master’s degrees in law or a related field. While all Fellows have legal experience, the nature of their experience is diverse. Some have worked in law firms, while others have a background in consultancy or the public sector. Similarly, the legal specialization ranges, for example, from trade law, infrastructure to public-private partnerships.

Working in another country in a high-pressure environment requires a plethora of soft skills such as: interpersonal skills, resilience, flexibility and an ability to solve problems. These skills help Fellows to adapt to a dynamic environment and to foster trusting relationships with government colleagues.

To date, OPF’s 30 Fellows have come from 12 different countries from around the world. Nearly 60 per cent of them from LMICs.


The recruitment is open for applicants of all nationalities who are qualified lawyers. They 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.

Applicants should have a number of years of relevant legal and/or policy work experience. Work or voluntary experience in low- and middle-income countries is preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated interest in International Development is essential to become a Fellow.


Each Fellow will receive a total salary of around GBP 26,000 per annum. The Fellowship provides medical insurance and a duty of care for all Fellows as well as a housing financial contribution, if required.

How to apply?

Please complete the application form, and email the supporting documents to fellows@policyfellowship.org.

For more information and how to apply, please visit the official website.