SOAS University of London

Ten SOAS Economics Graduates Awarded Prestigious ODI Fellowship

26 July 2017

Ten SOAS economics graduates have been awarded prestigious Fellowships by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a world leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues based in London.

Dr Ulrich Volz, Head of the SOAS Department of Economics said: “We are delighted that so many of our graduates have been successful in getting these highly competitive and prestigious fellowships. The fact that around a fifth of this year’s fellows are again SOAS graduates demonstrates the high calibre of our students and the rigor and high reputation of our academic programmes. My colleagues and I wish our graduates exciting two years ahead and congratulate them to their success.”

Each year, SOAS graduates are well represented among the ODI Fellows. Since the start of the fellowship programme in 1963, more than 150 SOAS graduates have been awarded ODI Fellowships. The ODI Fellowship Scheme gives postgraduate economists and statisticians the chance to work in developing country public sectors as local civil servants for two years. The Scheme has two objectives: to provide developing country governments with high-calibre junior economists and statisticians where there are gaps in local capacity; and to give postgraduate economists and statisticians practical work experience in a developing country. ODI Fellows have gone on to make successful careers in the World Bank, the IMF, DFID and a wide range of public and private sector organisations.