About POST fellowships

While fellows typically get to help us with the production of a POSTnote or POSTbrief, this once in a lifetime opportunity to view the epicentre of policy-making from the inside may also include a secondment to a select committee or the House of Commons or House of Lords Libraries.

By the end of their time at POST, our fellows learn how to write for policy with balance and impartiality. They also develop a unique understanding of Westminster and forge important relationships with key stakeholders, while often delving into a novel and exciting topic of research.

All POST Fellows need to be able to work in the UK. POST Fellowships can only be confirmed after successful security vetting. This includes a Counter Terrorist Check.

Everything you need to know about fellowships

Our frequently asked questions page covers all you need to know about POST fellowships. What is a fellowship? Will you need to relocate? How will you receive funding?

Our fellowship schemes

POST runs a number of schemes with learned societies, professional associations, and funding bodies.

  • Open to students doing a PhD on a scientific or quantitative social science field. Applications for 2020-21 reopen in November.

  • Open to RSC members doing a PhD or who have recently finished their PhD studies. Applications for 2020-21 now closed.

  • Open to Wellcome researchers and PhD students. Applications for 2020-21 now closed.

  • Open to PhD students with a membership of the British Ecological Society. Applications for 2020-21 now closed.

How to write a policy brief

What is a policy brief? How do you select a topic? How do we produce our flagship POSTnotes? This guide gives you a glimpse of what it takes to write for policy.