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The ODI is a globally reputable think tank committed to motivating movements against injustice and inequality. Through study, convening, and advocacy, ODI develops impactful beliefs for global wealth and sustainability.

About ODI and Its Objectives: ODI spearheads new strategies and plans to promote transformative change and cultivate resilient, fair means worldwide. The organization targets four overarching global challenges:

  1. Shaping the fortune of global association.
  2. Addressing the climate problem.
  3. Encouraging a fairer economic order.
  4. Progressing human rights and peace.

For inquiries, contact [email protected], and for those associated to the ODI Fellowship Scheme, reach out to [email protected].

Understanding the ODI Fellowship Scheme: Initiated in 1963, the ODI Fellowship Scheme has since engaged over 1,300 fellows across 50 governments and international bodies. The system offers early-career economists and statisticians the chance to perform as civil servants in low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and the Western Balkans.

Objectives of the Scheme: The direct objectives of the ODI Fellowship Scheme include equipping highly skilled professionals to address skill gaps in host institutions while offering fellows valuable experience within diverse bureaucratic settings. The scheme operates based on the needs of partner countries and enjoys significant demand from governments.

Benefits to Host Institutions:

  • Addressing country-specific needs effectively.
  • Tailoring solutions to fit institutional strengths.
  • Transferring essential skills and knowledge to local counterparts.

Benefits to ODI Fellows:

  • Personal and professional development.
  • International exchange opportunities.
  • Future career prospects in various sectors.
  • 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.

Expected qualifications and skills

Fellowships vary from role to role and country to country, but all require a combination of the following experience and personal qualities.


  • 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 skill.

Placement and Contributions: ODI Fellows are placed across various government ministries, agencies, and research organizations, working on diverse projects aimed at strengthening internal systems, influencing policy, and fostering international cooperation.

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