About the Scheme

ODI Fellow (2017-2019) Dongxue (Wendy) Li (right) at the National Bureau of Statistics in Nigeria, with Statistician General Dr. Yemi Kale.

Which countries participate?

The aim of the Scheme is to support low-income and high-poverty countries. In October 2018, 28 low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific hosted ODI Fellows. You can find the full list in our booklet.

We are always keen to consider incorporating new countries into the Scheme. New country governments wishing to participate must make a formal request to ODI. We then follow up with a detailed scoping visit to ensure conditions are suitable for hosting ODI Fellows.

Where do Fellows work?

Most ODI Fellows work as economists, planning officers or statisticians in government ministries or agencies. Often this will be ministries of finance or planning, but many also work in ministries of trade and industry, regional integration, agriculture, environment, water, health and education. Several also work in central banks, revenue authorities, statistics offices and regional organisations.

What kind of work do Fellows do?

The posts are extremely varied – Fellows could be involved in anything from preparing national budgets to devising strategic responses to HIV/AIDS. See our booklet for more examples of the work Fellows are typically assigned to.

ODI Fellow (2016-18) Nisma Elias at the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training in Zanzibar.

How is the ODI Fellowship Scheme funded?

The cost of each posting is shared between our partner governments and ODI. Host governments generally pay a local salary which is supplemented by ODI to the level of a junior UK civil servant. Grants from the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Australia and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation currently provide the funding for ODI’s financial contribution to the Scheme.

Practical information

ODI selects and places Fellows in consultation with our partner governments. Fellows then become employees of the governments or public bodies they work for and are bound by the public sector rules of the governments they work for. Governments pay a local salary and may provide other benefits such as accommodation and annual leave while ODI covers travel and other expenses at the start and end of the contract, emergency medical insurance, as well as monthly supplementation. Overall, Fellows typically receive a total of approximately £21,000 per year (£23,000 in the second year), plus an accommodation allowance.

ODI Fellow (2016-18) Konstantin Born with colleagues, at the National Minerals Agency in Sierra Leone.