Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme – 2018-2020

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The Oversea’s Development Insitute’s 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’s objectives are 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.



The ODI Fellowship Scheme is highly competitive and regularly attracts candidates from some of the best universities around the world. ODI Fellows have gone on to make successful careers in the World Bank, the IMF, the UK’s DFID and a wide range of public and private sector organisations.

  • Excellent academic qualifications, a sound grasp of applying economic theory to real world problems
  • An ability to communicate economic ideas to non-specialists,
  • Personal qualities needed to integrate into what are often very different and challenging cultural and bureaucratic environments.
  • A master’s degree in economics, statistics or related discipline is required.
  • This year the Scheme is looking to attract PhD candidates able to work in the research departments of central banks, candidates with at least three years of uninterrupted work experience for a post in the Royal Monetary Authority in Bhutan, and candidates with deeper knowledge of mining finance for a post in Eritrea.
  • The Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities.



Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Western Balkans.



£21,000 a year, increasing to £23,000 in the second year, plus housing allowance.



1st December 2017



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