ODI Fellowship Scheme for International Postgraduate Economists and Statisticians, 2017-2019

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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.

Course Level: Fellowship is available for young postgraduate economists and statisticians to work as local civil servants in developing countries.

Study Subject(s): 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: Fellows are selected and appointed by ODI, but they then become employees of the governments or public bodies for which they work. The cost of each Fellowship is shared between ODI and the local employer. The local employer is normally responsible for:
-paying a salary equivalent to what would be payable to a locally recruited national with similar qualifications and experience
-providing conditions of service such as accommodation, leave entitlement, expense allowances and medical insurance similar to those offered to local staff in similar grades
-ensuring Fellows receive assistance in obtaining work permits and security clearances where required.
ODI is normally responsible for:
-the selection of Fellows
-arranging placements, providing Fellows’ pre-departure briefing and allowances
-paying a monthly supplement which takes into account local income, taxation, and accommodation costs
-paying Fellows’ transport and baggage expenses at the start and end of the two-year contract
-providing emergency medical insurance while in post
-providing information by email and text message about security issues in their country of posting
-paying an end-of-Fellowship bonus, provided Fellows complete the full two-year assignment.

Scholarship can be taken at: 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: The ODI Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities who have a master’s degree or PhD in economics, statistics or a related field. Suitable specialised qualifications at postgraduate level include agricultural economics, environmental economics, international economics, health economics, development economics, and statistics. For those studying for a postgraduate degree at the time of application, the award of a Fellowship is conditional upon the successful completion of the postgraduate degree. Candidates can apply under one or more of the three current Fellowship streams provided they have the right qualifications: economics, statistics and financial inclusion. Applicants must be willing to commit to a two-year posting in any of the countries that participate in the Scheme. Applications are strengthened by a demonstrable interest in development, relevant work or voluntary experience in a developing country, language competence in French, Portuguese or Swahili, and strong IT skills. The Scheme regularly attracts approximately equal numbers of male and female candidates; in 2015 the Scheme placed 37 female Fellows and 22 male Fellows.

Nationality: Applicants of any nationality can apply for  ODI fellowship.


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.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 15th December 2016.

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