How to apply

Eleanor Price, ODI Fellow working in Guyana's Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce

We are now inviting applications for the 2017-2019 Fellowship Scheme; the deadline is 15th December 2016. Applications must be submitted via our online application form.


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.

We are especially keen to encourage economists with PhDs who have skills in econometrics and modelling to apply for postings in our partner central banks.

Application and selection process

Applications for 2017-19 open in November and close on 15 December 2016.

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.