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ODI Fellowship Scheme for Developing Countries 2024

The ODI Fellowship Scheme gives early-career economists and statisticians the chance to work as public sector civil servants on two-year contracts in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Western Balkans.

ODI Fellows are typically employed as local civil servants, reporting to local managers.Fellows work in a range of institutions from finance and planning ministries to ministries of health and education, as well as central banks, statistics offices, and regulatory bodies. 

About Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is a global affairs think tank, founded in 1960. Its mission is "to inspire people to act on injustice and inequality through collaborative research and ideas that matter for people and the planet." It does this through "research, convening and influencing, to lead new thinking and future agendas to deliver transformational change... continue reading

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ODI Fellowship Scheme

Application Deadline30 Apr 2024
SponsorOverseas Development Institute (ODI)
GenderMen and Women

Aim and Benefits of ODI Fellowship Scheme

  • Total compensation net of tax is approximately £32,600 per annum in the first year and £34,600 in the second year.
  • The compensation is inclusive of a housing allowance that varies according to cost of living in-country.

Requirements for ODI Fellowship Scheme Qualification

  • 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 but aren’t limited to agricultural economics, environmental economics, international economics, health economics, development economics, and econometrics 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.

Applications are strengthened by a demonstrable interest in public policy, relevant work or voluntary experience and language proficiency (with English essential and French particularly advantageous) and strong IT skills.

Interview date, Process and Venue for ODI Fellowship Scheme


  • Late March 2024: Applications open for the ODI Fellowship Scheme
  • 30 April 2024: Closing date for receipt of applications
  • Late May 2024: Long-listed candidates are invited to submit a video in support of their application
  • Early June 2024: Short-listed candidates invited to interview Interviews take place, after which offers are made to successful candidates
  • Late July 2024: The ODI team discuss potential roles with all participating governments
  • March-July 2024: Host institutions submit requests for new Fellows with job descriptions and a short-list of preferred candidates
  • July–August 2024: ODI and host institutions agree on which candidates are allocated to which openings
  • 9th-13th September: A briefing session is held at ODI in London to prepare new Fellows for their roles
  • October/November 2024: Successful candidates begin their fellowships

Application Deadline

April 30, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Overseas Development Institute (ODI) on to apply
  • Please note that the application process will close on April 30th, and applications must be submitted by 23:59 (BST) to be considered.
  • Please ensure that you complete your application form within seven days of registering.
  •  If you are experiencing problems with your application, please contact the Fellowship Scheme office on [email protected] 

For more details,visit ODI website

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