How to apply

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

Applications for the 2016-2018 Fellowship Scheme are now closed. We will begin recruiting for the next cohort in November 2016.


The Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of any nationality. You must have a Masters 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.

Application and selection process

Applications open in November.

We interview short-listed candidates in February 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 the posts. Where possible, we aim to give governments their preferred candidates.

Newly-recruited Fellows join a briefing session at the ODI offices in July, which includes the opportunity to hear from current Fellows and alumni. Fellows then take up their posts between August and October.