ODI Fellowship Scheme

Providing capacity, promoting careers: our prestigious Fellowship Scheme gives postgraduate economists and statisticians the opportunity to work in the public sectors of developing countries as local civil servants.

The ODI Fellowship Scheme has two objectives: to provide developing country governments with high-calibre junior economists and statisticians where there are gaps in local capacity; and to give postgraduate economists and statisticians practical work experience in a developing country.

Over the past 50 years, we have sent more than 1,000 economists on two-year postings to more than 40 countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, with many going on to successful careers in government, multilateral institutions, academia and the private sector. More than one hundred Fellows are currently in post.

Where are our Fellows working?

The Scheme is open to all nationalities and is demand-led by developing country governments, which share the costs with ODI.

What do governments say about the Scheme?

The success of the Scheme and the respect it has gained from governments over the course of the 50 years since it was established in 1963 are demonstrated by the consistently high demand for Fellows and the degree of responsibility often entrusted to Fellows.

'The support provided by the ODI Fellowship Scheme has been crucial in filling the gaps in local expertise and supporting state-building in South Sudan.'

Honourable Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, South Sudan's Minister of Finance, Commerce, Investment and Economic Planning

'The ODI Fellowship Scheme was a critical contribution to the formation and sustainability of CABRI, especially during the formative years of the entity.'

Neil Cole, Executive Secretary of the Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative

'It is indeed impressive how quickly ODI Fellows are able to adapt to living and working in a different country and with different cultures.'

Ericah Shafudah, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance in Namibia