• Applications are open for the 2020/2021 British Ecological Society (BES) Fellowship.
  • Open to BES members currently studying for a PhD in a UK university.
  • Apply by 7 June 2020.

About the scheme

Fellowships offer great opportunities to PhD students, to gain an insider’s view of how Parliament works. During the three month Fellowship, successful candidates hone their ability to communicate scientific issues to a wider audience, by writing policy briefs for MPs and Peers. Fellows work closely with people across the UK Parliament and get to see how select committees, all party parliamentary groups and libraries work.

POST fellows have in the past:

  • Produced POSTnotesPOSTbriefs, or contributed to other briefing reports.
  • Helped select committees in ongoing inquiries.
  • Organised briefing events on their topic of interest.

Fellowships will start in October 2020, subject to final agreement between the applicant, POST, and the applicant’s supervisor and University. Fellowships are also conditional to security clearance. We are currently building our capacity to ensure that all work can be carried out remotely.

The successful applicant will receive a £5,000 award to cover their living costs while undertaking the three-month fellowship. Computing, email and other facilities necessary for the project will be supplied by POST. £4,000 will be paid on at the start of the fellowship, and the remaining £1,000 on completion.

How will Coronavirus affect my fellowship?

Recruiting for fellowships will continue as normal. Interviews will take place remotely. Successful applicants will be offered fellowships to start the earliest in September 2020. We are also expecting to continue recruiting fellows throughout the year, as various schemes open for applications. We will be releasing information on future application rounds as it becomes available. We are currently building our capacity to ensure that all work can be carried out remotely.

You can apply if

  • You are a BES member,
  • You are currently studying for a PhD in a UK university,
  • And you are in the second, third, or fourth year of your full-time PhD or part-time equivalent, at the time of the application.

How to apply

Applicant should send:

  • A completed POST Fellowship application form, which has been approved by your Head of Department or principal supervisor.
  • A two-page briefing in the style of a POSTnote. This summary should demonstrate why the topic chosen by you to be the subject of the briefing is of parliamentary interest and should demonstrate your ability to write in a style suitable for a parliamentary (rather than academic) audience and your understanding of the relevant evidence base. See our guidance.
  • A one page statement illustrating:
    • Your interest in and suitability for the Fellowship.
    • How the training you have received and your research and other experience to date will enable you to carry out this work
  • A BES Equality & Diversity monitoring form (this information is collected for monitoring purposes only and will not be used by the assessment panel).

Completed applications should be emailed to the BES by 23:59 on Monday 7 June 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. A panel consisting of BES and POST personnel will assess the applications.

Any queries relating to the application process should be directed to Brendan Costelloe, BES Policy Manager. You can also email POST to discuss general aspects of the scheme. Please note that neither the BES nor POST can advise on the strength or weaknesses of individual proposals.

Frequently asked questions

What is a POST fellowship? Who can apply for it? Who pays for it? We have put together a page with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get about POST fellowships.