All About the ODI Fellowship Scheme

The ODI Fellowship Scheme is now open for applications. The Scheme places young and highly motivated economists and statisticians in public sector posts in developing country governments on two-year contracts.

All About the ODI Fellowship Scheme

The two streams we are recruiting for are Economics and Statistics. Applicants can apply to either or both streams provided they are suitably qualified.

ODI’s prestigious Fellowship Scheme gives postgraduate economists and statisticians the chance to work in developing country public sectors as local civil servants on two-year contracts.

ODI Fellowship Scheme Objectives

The 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 governments they work for are not ODI. Instead, they work as local civil servants who employ ODI Fellows reporting to local supervisors.

Fellows work in a wide range of institutions from finance and planning ministries to ministries of health and education, as well as central banks, statistics offices, and regulatory bodies.

The Scheme currently has over 100 Fellows in 28 countries, mostly low-income, or high poverty countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Western Balkans.

As well as the usual candidates, this year the Scheme is looking to attract PhD candidates able to work in the research departments of central banks.

However, candidates with at least three years of uninterrupted work experience for a post in the Royal Monetary Authority in Bhutan, and candidates with a deeper knowledge of mining finance for a post in Eritrea.

The ODI Fellowship Scheme is highly competitive and regularly attracts candidates from some of the best universities around the world.

ODI Fellows have made successful careers in the World Bank, the IMF, the UK’s DFID and a wide range of public and private sector organisations.

ODI Fellowship Scheme Application Requirements

1. ODI are looking for candidates with excellent academic qualifications, a sound grasp of applying economic theory to real-world problems, an ability to communicate economic ideas to non-specialists.

Also, the personal qualities needed to integrate into what are often very different and challenging cultural and bureaucratic environments.

2. A master’s degree in economics, statistics or related discipline is required.

3. The Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities.


In total, Fellows receive a salary of £21,000 a year (increasing to £23,000 in the second year), plus a housing allowance.

Moreso, The ODI Fellowship Scheme currently uses funds generously provided by the UK’s Department for International Development, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Some governments fund the entire cost of Fellowship posts themselves.

How to Apply

In ODI’s online job application system, go to the position you want to apply for, click ‘apply now’ and register your details online to create a user account.

Finally, Once you have completed the application form, they will store your details online. And you can log in to your account should you wish to apply for future positions.

For More Information, visit Overseas Development Institute (ODI) website

Application Deadline: Closed



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