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Head of the ODI Fellowship Scheme delivers talk to students

Posted on 10 November 2015

Robin Sherbourne, Head of the ODI Fellowship Scheme, visited the University last week to give a talk and answer questions from students about the scheme.

The event was well attended by both undergraduate and post-graduate students in the fields of economics and statistics, and provided students with the opportunity to learn more about the application process and activities involved in the prestigious Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellowship Scheme.

The Scheme offers post-graduate economics and statistics students the unique opportunity of working in a developing country government for two years. ODI Fellows work effectively as local civil servants in line positions typically in ministries of finance and planning but also in education, health, agriculture, trade and industry as well as central banks and statistics agencies. The Scheme is open to people of all nationalities with masters degrees or PhDs.

The experience is ideal for those wanting to go on and work in development. Fellows often stay on in the country or go on to work in the World Bank, the IMF, development ministries in their home countries (such as the Department for International Development in the UK), private consultancies and business, NGOs and academia.  

The ODI Fellowship Scheme is 50 years old and has worked in over 40 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.  Past ODI Fellows include Vince Cable MP, Dr Martin Weale, Lord Andrew Turnbull, Sir Suma Chakrabarti, and Professor Anne Mills.  

For further information, please visit the ODI website: