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 our Alumni Say:

'My posting as an ODI Fellow to Zambia in 1968 provided three things: a professional challenge applying the economics I was taught to real life policies and implementation, often at a level of seniority way above a first job in the UK; a personal challenge of resourcefulness, arriving in a new place with no house, no car and no money, though often with the support of other Fellows who will be friends for life; a rich choice of career options – back to academia, public service in the UK, international institutions or development charities.’

Lord Andrew Turnbull KCB, CVO former Head of the UK Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary

'The ODI Fellowship is a pioneering example of capacity strengthening – for the individuals themselves, and for the government agencies they support. For me it was truly a seminal experience, which was fundamental to the development of my future career.'

Professor Anne Mills CBE, Vice-Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

'Two of the best years of my professional and personal lives were as an ODI Fellow in Botswana in the early 1980s. I formed much of my thinking on development, governance and reform during this period and made lifelong friends.’

Sir Suma Chakrabarti KCB, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development