ODI Fellowship Scheme for International Postgraduate Economists and Statisticians, 2016-2018

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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 posts are extremely varied – Fellows could be involved in anything from preparing national budgets to devising strategic responses to HIV/AIDS. 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 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. The application deadline is 17 December 2015.

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.
Course Level: Fellowship is available for young postgraduate economists and statisticians to work as local civil servants in developing countries.
Scholarship Provider: The ODI Fellowship Scheme currently uses funds generously provided by the UK’s Department for International Development and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Applicants of any nationality can apply for  ODI fellowship.

Scholarship Description: The ODI Fellowship Scheme appoints highly qualified and motivated postgraduate economists and statisticians through a rigorous and competitive selection board. Governments that lack capacity make requests to ODI for Fellows on the basis of a clear job description following annual face-to-face discussions held during visits to each participating country by the ODI Fellowship Scheme team. Fellows effectively work as local civil servants for a period of two years, with the costs being shared between the host government and ODI. 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 and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The success of the Scheme and the respect it has gained from governments over the course of the 52 years since it was established in 1963 are demonstrated by the consistently high demand for Fellows and the degree of responsibility often entrusted to Fellows. The number of Fellows posted every year has grown from three in 1963 to 59 in 2015, with over 110 Fellows currently in post. The ODI Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): ODI Fellowships are awarded annually for a two-year period.

What does it cover? 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.

Selection Criteria: The ODI Fellowship Scheme is highly competitive and extremely prestigious. 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, and a willingness to integrate into what are often very different cultural and bureaucratic environments.

Notification: Short-listed candidates will need to be available to attend a selection board in February at ODI in London, which involves a panel interview and group exercises. ODI will contribute towards the cost of attending the selection board. Following the selection board, successful candidates are given either firm or conditional offers. A firm offer guarantees the award of a Fellowship. A conditional offer is dependent upon the Fellowship team finding a suitable posting for the candidate. The vast majority of candidates with conditional offers end up being awarded a Fellowship and finding a posting. Between March and June representatives of the ODI Fellowship Scheme conduct placement missions to countries participating in the Scheme. Following the placement missions, governments submit their requests for Fellows along with clear job descriptions and rankings of candidates. Candidates are then allocated to posts to the satisfaction of both governments and candidates. All newly recruited Fellows are required to attend a briefing session at the ODI offices in July. Fellows then take up their posts between August and October.

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

Scholarship Application Deadline: Do submit your applications till 17 December 2015.

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