The Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of any nationality. You must have a Master's degree or PhD in economics, econometrics, statistics or a related field. Suitable specialisms include agricultural, environmental, international, health or development economics. You must also be willing to commit to a two-year posting in any of the participating countries.
We are looking for candidates who have a demonstrable interest in development; relevant work or voluntary experience in a developing country, and strong computer skills. Although most Fellowship posts are in English-speaking countries, French, Portuguese or Swahili language skills are an advantage for several posts.
As well as the usual candidates, this year the Scheme is looking to attract PhD candidates able to work in the research departments of central banks, candidates with at least three years of uninterrupted work experience for a post in the Royal Monetary Authority in Bhutan, and candidates with deeper knowledge of mining finance for a post in Eritrea.
Application and selection process
We will be inviting applications again in November 2018.
We interview short-listed candidates in February at ODI in London, before making either firm or conditional offers to the successful candidates.
Between March and June, we visit participating countries to discuss the candidates and placement details with host governments, before allocating candidates to posts in June. As far as possible, we aim to give governments their preferred candidates.
Newly-recruited Fellows participate in a briefing session at the ODI offices in July, which includes the opportunity to hear from current and former Fellows. Fellows are then expected to take up their posts between August and October.