Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme for Young Professionals

Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme for Young Professionals

Programme/ Department:

  • Fellowship


  • Overseas Development Institute


  • Full time

    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 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.

    Since 1963 we have sent more than 1,000 economists and statisticians on two-year postings to more than 40 countries across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific, with many going on to successful careers in government, multilateral institutions, academia and the private sector. More than one hundred Fellows are currently in post.

    The Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities provided they have a master’s degree or PhD in economics, statistics or a related discipline. Postings are determined primarily by the needs of partner governments rather than the preferences of candidates themselves.


  • The Scheme places young and highly motivated economists and statisticians in public sector posts in developing country governments on two-year contracts.
  • Applicants can apply for either Economics and/or Statistics streams provided they are suitably qualified.
  • In addition, this year we are looking for health economists or economists interested in health for Fellowships sponsored by the UK’s Fleming Fund.
  • 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 econometrics 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.
  • The ODI Fellowship Scheme posts Fellows under two streams: economics and statistics.
  • Candidates can apply under one
    or both of the Fellowship streams provided they have the right qualifications: economics and statistics.
  • 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.


  • 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 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 Fellows’ countries of posting
  • paying an end-of-Fellowship bonus, provided Fellows complete the full two-year assignment.

    How to Apply

  • If you are experiencing problems with your application, please contact the Fellowship Scheme office on fellows@odi.org
  • For more information and fellowship application details, see; application details, see; Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme for Young Professionals

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