The Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme in Economics and Statistics 2017-2019


December 15, 2016


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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 Economics and Statistics. Applicants can apply for either of these streams provided they are suitably qualified.

ODI Fellows work 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. The scheme currently has over 120 Fellows in 32 countries, mostly low-income or high poverty countries.

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 is highly competitive and extremely prestigious. ODI Fellows have gone on to make successful careers in the World Bank, the IMF, 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 a willingness to integrate into what are often very different 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.

The host government draws up Terms of Reference for each two-year posting. The success of the scheme and the respect it has gained from governments is demonstrated by the consistently high demand for Fellows and by the degree of responsibility often entrusted to Fellows. The costs of employing each Fellow are shared between the recipient government and ODI, making this a unique form of technical support. Over recent years, ODI has secured funding for the scheme through grants provided by the Department for International Development (DFID), Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Gates Foundation.

Please note that the application process will close on December 15th, 2016, 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  

How do I apply?

In ODI's online job application system, go to on the position you want to apply for, click 'apply now' and register your details online to create a user account.

Once you have completed the application form your details will be stored online, and you can log in to your account should you wish to apply for future positions.

How can I find out more about the position?

You can find a link to an online application pack at the bottom of the job advert. Please review the online application pack for the post you wish to apply for prior to applying to make sure the job matches your skills and what you are looking for.

The application pack provides an overview of the programme or department you are applying for, the job description and the terms of employment. It is available on the page for each job.

Completing your application: some tips

Make sure that you complete all sections of the application form.

When completing the supporting statement make sure that you clearly demonstrate the transferable skills you have that match the person specification in the application pack for the role you’re applying for.

Before submitting your application form, please make sure that you contact all your referee’s listed on your application form to check that they are happy to be contacted by ODI.

If you experience any technical problems with your online application form please contact

Check that you have received a notification that your application form has been submitted.

When will I hear back?

After the deadline for the post has passed, a short-listing process will be completed to consider all applications.

After the short-listing process has been completed all candidates will be contacted to confirm if they have been successful for interview stage or not.

What can I expect from the interview?

We try and provide as much notice as possible to the candidate so they have time to prepare for the interview.

Interview formats vary for different roles and all information would be provided to the candidate in advance for them to prepare.

Any applicable overseas candidates short-listed for interview stage would initially have their interview via Skype, and then if successful would be invited over for a second interview in-house.

Whether the position requires one or two stages of interviews varies between posts and are dependent on how much information is gathered from the first interview stage.

If you require any special arrangements at the interview please let HR know in advance.

ODI - ODI Fellowship Scheme 2017-2019

  • Reference - Fellowship
  • Location - Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean
  • Type of contract - Fixed term (two years)
  • Department - n/a
  • Programme - n/a
  • Salary - £21,000 p.a.
  • Closing date - 15 Dec 2016

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Publish Date
December 01, 2016