The ODI Fellowship Scheme has two objectives: to provide developing country governments with high-calibre junior economists and statisticians where there are gaps in local capacity; and to give postgraduate economists and statisticians practical work experience in a developing country.
The Scheme is open to all nationalities and is demand-led by developing country governments, which share the costs with ODI.
How to apply
We are now inviting applications for the 2015-2017 Fellowship Scheme; the deadline is 17 December 2014.
The Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of any nationality. You must have a Masters or PhD in economics, econometrics, statistics or a related field. Suitable specialisms include agricultural, environmental, international, health or development economics.
You must also be willing to commit to a two-year posting in any of the participating countries.
We are looking for candidates who have a demonstrable interest in development; relevant work or voluntary experience in a developing country; French, Portuguese or Swahili language skills; and strong computer skills.
Application and selection process
We interview short-listed candidates in February in London, before making either firm or conditional offers to the successful candidates.
Between March and June, we visit participating countries to discuss the candidates and placement details with host governments, before allocating candidates to the posts. Where possible, we aim to give governments their preferred candidates.
Newly-recruited Fellows join a briefing session at the ODI offices in July, which includes the opportunity to hear from current Fellows and alumni. Fellows then take up their posts between August and October.
About the scheme
Which countries participate?
The aim of the Scheme is to support low-income and high-poverty countries. In 2013, 24 low- and middle-income countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific hosted Fellows. You can find the full list in our booklet
or on our interactive map
We are always keen to consider incorporating new countries into the Scheme. New country governments wishing to participate must make a formal request to ODI; we will then conduct a detailed scoping visit to ensure conditions are suitable for hosting ODI Fellows.
Where do Fellows work?
Most Fellows work as economists, planning officers or statisticians in government ministries or agencies. Often this will be ministries of finance or planning, but many also work in ministries of trade and industry, regional integration, agriculture, environment, water, health and education. Several also work in central banks, revenue authorities, statistics offices and regional organisations.
What kind of work is it?
The posts are extremely varied – Fellows could be involved in anything from preparing national budgets to devising strategic responses to HIV/AIDS. See our booklet
for more examples of the work Fellows are typically assigned to.
How is the Fellowship Scheme funded?
ODI shares the costs of the Fellowship Scheme with our partner governments. Grants from the Department for International Development (DFID)
in the UK, and DFAT in Australia currently provide the funding for ODI’s financial contribution to the Scheme.
While ODI selects and appoints Fellows, they are employees of the governments or public bodies they work for. In other words, governments pay the salary and provide other benefits such as accommodation and annual leave. ODI covers travel and other expenses at the start and end of the contract, emergency medical insurance, as well as a monthly supplementation. Overall, Fellows typically receive a total of approximately £21,000 per year.
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