ODI Fellowship Scheme

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ODI Fellowship Scheme: The Fellowship Scheme has been sending young postgraduate economists to work in the public sectors of developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific on two-year contracts since 1963.

The Fellowship Scheme has two specific goals:

  • To provide governments of developing countries with high calibre junior professional economists where gaps in local expertise exist; and
  • To provide recent postgraduate economists with practical work experience in a developing country.

    The ODI Fellowship Scheme:

  • has existed since 1963
  • is demand-led by developing country governments who share the costs of employing Fellows with ODI
  • has worked in 40 mostly low-income countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific;
  • has sent over 900 economists to work in developing countries on two-year postings;
  • is open to postgraduate economists of any nationality;
  • is currently partnered with 24 developing country governments and three regional bodies; and
  • awards over 50 Fellowships each year and currently has 100 Fellows in post.

    The demand-led nature of the scheme means that it is an attractive way for governments to build capacity in their public sectors and improve the execution of economic policy.

    Its excellent reputation and unique form of technical assistance means that it is held in high regard by the development community.

    The costs of the Scheme are shared between the recipient government and ODI.

    ODI finances the Scheme primarily under grants provided by the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK and AusAID.


  • Degree in economics, statistics or related field Postgraduate degree in economics, statistics or related field
  • Ability to commit to a two-year assignment

    * For those studying for a postgraduate degree at the time of application, the award of a Fellowship will be conditional upon the successful completion of the degree.

    Some specialisations at postgraduate level which are relevant include:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • International Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Development Management
  • Development Studies
  • Econometrics & Statistics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Public Policy

    This list is not definitive and each application is assessed on its own merits with the overall aim of matching candidates to the requirements of Fellowship posts.

    Deadline: 17th December

    For more fellowship information and fellowship application, see: ODI Fellowship Scheme Website

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