• Applications for 2020–2021 are open to PhD students of UK universities researching a food science and technology topic.
  • Applications closed at 16:00 on 31 August 2020.

About the scheme

The IFST POST fellowship gives PhD students of food science and technology the chance to spend three months working with POST and other Parliamentary stakeholders on a policy project.

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

Fellows at POST will have the opportunity to produce their own POSTnote from start to finish. This includes scoping the topic, conducting interviews with senior stakeholders from across academia, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector, drafting and editing.

By the end of their time at POST, our fellows will have learned how to write for policy-makers with balance, impartiality and succinctness. They will also have developed a unique understanding of Westminster, forged important relationships with key stakeholders, and delved into a novel and exciting topic of research.

The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) is the professional body for food scientists.

COVID-19 and frequently asked questions

Due to COVID-19, interviews will take place remotely. While we hope Fellows will be able to join us at Parliament during their time at POST, we understand this may not be possible. We will be looking at a phased return to working in the office from September, but also have full capacity for work to be carried out remotely.

For more information on POST fellowships, please see our frequently asked questions page.

In the case that Fellows prefer or have to work remotely, we aim to provide them with all the support and learning opportunities they would have access to on the Parliamentary estate.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants should be in the second or third year of their PhD studies, undertaking research studies related to Food Science and Technology at a UK university. Students who are writing up their theses but have not yet graduated are eligible to apply.


IFST will support the Fellow by providing funding of £5,000 to cover a 3-month extension to their PhD award, maintenance and accommodation.

How to apply

Applicants should send the following documents to info@ifst.org by 16:00, 31 August 2020.

  • A statement about why you are applying and a CV.
  • A letter of support from your sponsor/supervisor.
  • A short (two A4 page max. using size 12 font) paper on a science-based issue that you consider will be relevant and indicate why the subject would/should be of interest to Parliamentarians.

Assessment of applications is a two stage process: there will be an assessment of the written application and applicants successful at this stage will be invited to interview.

The application process will be completed at both stages by POST. Please note, only one application can be submitted by each applicant. Interviews will take place in Autumn 2020, and fellowships will be arranged subject to the availability at POST and the availability of the candidate between April and December 2021.