Apply now!! ODI Fellowship Scheme 2020 – 2022


ODI Fellowship Scheme 2020The ODI Fellowship Scheme is now open for applications.The ODI Fellowship Scheme places postgraduate economists and statisticians in public sector posts in developing countries on two-year contracts. ODI Fellows are employed and paid by the governments they work for and their work programmes are determined and managed by local civil servants. Postings are determined primarily by the needs of the Scheme’s partner governments. The cost of each posting is 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, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Fleming Fund, Frontclear, Comic Relief and Edutech to supplement the salaries paid by the host governments. Some governments fund the entire cost of Fellowship posts themselves.

The ODI Fellowship Scheme selects postgraduate economists and statisticians through an annual recruitment round designed to select those candidates with the right academic qualifications and personal characteristics to make a success of a Fellowship. Successful candidates must have an interest in development and be able to demonstrate they can work effectively in challenging environments with people from very different backgrounds.

They are expected to serve for the full two-year contract and be ready to work in any of the Scheme’s partner countries. The ODI Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities and generally recruits equal numbers of men and women.


Applicants are expected to have a master’s degree or PhD in economics, statistics or a related field by the time they take up a Fellowship. A strong academic background in either economics or statistics is a prerequisite.


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.

They 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.

Application and selection process

Applications for the 2020-2022 Fellowship Scheme are now open. To apply, click through for further details. The deadline is December 11th, 2019.


The salary is £21,000 for the first year, rising to £23,000 in the second. In addition, Fellows receive a rental allowance to cover the cost of their accommodation.

Note: The ODI Fellowship Scheme is highly respected among employers of economists and statisticians. Fellows have gone on to make successful careers in the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, academia, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and their own country governments. Many choose to stay in the countries they are posted to.

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