ODI Fellowship Scheme for International Postgraduate Economists and Statisticians, 2018-2020

Applications are invited for ODI Fellowship-a recruitment programme available for young postgraduate economists and statisticians to work as local civil servants in developing countries. The ODI Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities who have a master’s degree or PhD in economics, econometrics, statistics or a related field.

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. The aim of the Scheme is to support low-income and high-poverty countries. In October 2016, 32 low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific hosted ODI Fellows.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application deadline: December 1, 2017
  • Course Level: Fellowship is available for young postgraduate economists and statisticians to work as local civil servants in developing countries.
  • Study Subject: Fellowship provides practical work experience. The posts are extremely varied – Fellows could be involved in anything from preparing national budgets to devising strategic responses to HIV/AIDS.
  • Scholarship Award: In total, Fellows receive a salary of £21,000 a year (increasing to £23,000 in the second year), plus housing allowance.
  • Number of Scholarships: The Scheme currently has over 100 Fellows.
  • Nationality: International
  • Scholarship can be taken in Applicants must be willing to commit to a two-year posting in any of the countries that participate in the Scheme (the aim of the Scheme is to support low-income and high-poverty countries).

Eligibility for the Scholarship:


  • Eligible Countries: Applicants of any nationality can apply for  ODI fellowship.
  • Entrance Requirements: The Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of any nationality. You must have a Master’s degree 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, and strong computer skills. Although most Fellowship posts are in English-speaking countries, French, Portuguese or Swahili language skills are an advantage for several posts. 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, candidates with at least three years of uninterrupted work experience for a post in the Royal Monetary Authority in Bhutan, and candidates with deeper knowledge of mining finance for a post in Eritrea.
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Application Procedure:

The ODI Fellowship Scheme is highly competitive and regularly attracts candidates from some of the best universities around the world. ODI Fellows have gone on to make successful careers in the World Bank, the IMF, the UK’s DFID and a wide range of public and private sector organisations.

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted via online application form. Each application must be accompanied by two academic references and one from an employer.

Online Application

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