Apply for the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI) Fellowship Scheme For Young Professionals (Salary: £21,000)


ODI is inviting applications for the 2019-2021 Fellowship Scheme; the deadline is 2 December 2018.

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 ODI 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.


ODI selects and places Fellows in consultation with its partner governments. Fellows then become employees of the governments or public bodies they work for and are bound by the public sector rules of the governments they work for. Governments pay a local salary and may provide other benefits such as accommodation and annual leave while ODI covers travel and other expenses at the start and end of the contract, emergency medical insurance, as well as monthly supplementation. Overall, Fellows typically receive a total of approximately £21,000 per year (£23,000 in the second year), plus an accommodation allowance.


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.

ODI is 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.

To Apply

To apply, please complete our online application form.

For more information, visit the website here

The deadline is December 2nd, 2018.


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