Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellowship Scheme

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The ODI Fellowship Scheme appoints highly qualified and motivated postgraduate economists and statisticians through a rigorous and competitive selection board. The Fellowship Scheme sends young postgraduates in economic related fields to work in the public sectors of developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific on two-year contracts. It is sponsored by the Overseas Development Institute in the UK.
Fellowships are awarded annually, for a two-year period. Short-listed candidates are invited to attend a selection board in February which involves a panel interview and group exercises.
At the end of the selection process, offers are made subject to suitable posts being secured with host governments. Considerable emphasis is placed on personal contact and discussion both at the selection stage and in the careful matching of Fellows to posts.
ODI will also, once a year, invite governments interested in employing Fellows the following year to indicate their likely requirements.


  • 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 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


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