ODI – Fellowship Scheme 2018-2020



The ODI Fellowship Scheme is now open for applications. The Scheme places young and highly motivated economists and statisticians in public sector posts in developing country governments on two-year contracts. The two streams we are recruiting for are Economicsand Statistics. Applicants can apply for either or both of these streams provided they are suitably qualified.

ODI Fellows are employed by the governments they work for not ODI and work as local civil servants reporting to local supervisors. Fellows work in a wide range of institutions from finance and planning ministries to ministries of health and education, as well as central banks, statistics offices, and regulatory bodies. The Scheme currently has over 100 Fellows in 28 countries, mostly low-income or high poverty countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Western Balkans.

As well as the usual candidates, 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 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. We are looking for candidates with excellent academic qualifications, a sound grasp of applying economic theory to real world problems, an ability to communicate economic ideas to non-specialists, and the 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. The Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities.

In total, Fellows receive a salary of £21,000 a year (increasing to £23,000 in the second year), plus housing allowance. 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 and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Some governments fund the entire cost of Fellowship posts themselves.

Please note that the application process will close on December 1st, 2017, and applications must be submitted by 23:59 (GMT) to be considered. If you are experiencing problems with your application, please contact the Fellowship office on fellows@odi.org

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