About the scheme

POST and the Nuffield Foundation are offering a 13-week fellowship to PhD students who are undertaking or have recently completed their PhD study (“recently completed” applies to people whose University registration ended at any point in 2021). There is one funded fellowship available.

Successful applicants will be based in UK Parliament, supporting its use of research evidence. Most fellows assist POST in providing briefing material for parliamentarians on emerging science topics. Work may include:

  • Producing a POSTnote or POSTbrief (briefing documents to help inform the work of MPs and Peers), or contributing to a longer briefing report.
  • Assisting a select committee in an ongoing inquiry.
  • Organising a seminar to inform or disseminate research.

PhD Fellows are encouraged to interact closely with people and activities in the two Houses of Parliament, including Select committees, MPs and Peers, their support services, ‘All-Party Parliamentary Group’ meetings and the very wide range of other activities at the Palace of Westminster.

The fellowship can be carried out full-time for three months or part-time over a longer period. Successful applicants will be expected to start their fellowship in January 2022, but may start in April 2022 if needed. The exact start date is to be agreed between the applicant, POST, Nuffield Foundation and the applicant’s supervisor.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Nuffield Foundation POST Fellowship is open to any PhD student whose project is in a natural or social science field. They may be undertaking or have recently completed their PhD study. “Recently completed” applies to people whose University registration ended at any point in 2021. The full person specification can be found in the application guidance.

Successful candidates will be required to complete pre-employment checks. This includes security vetting to Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level. All successful candidates are required to pass these checks before an offer can be confirmed.

How to apply

It is important that you download and read the application pack before applying, as it contains more details on the role, application process, and assessment criteria.

Download the application pack

Applicants should submit:

  • An online application form.
  • An approval form, which has been completed by your PhD Supervisor and Head of Department.
  • A two-page briefing on a topic that you think would be of current interest to Parliamentarians. The briefing should be completed using the briefing template and should not contain your name or any other identifying details. We want you to use the briefing template and ensure your work is not identifiable in order to make the process as fair and unbiased as possible. Please see the application pack for the two-page briefing assessment and some tips for writing it.

Download the approval form

Download the two-page briefing template

Please email your two-page briefing and completed approval form to postfellowships@parliament.uk.

Applications will undergo an initial sift on the basis of two-page briefing.

The deadline for applications is 23:59, 18 July 2021. Interviews will be held in late August or early September.

Funding arrangements

The Nuffield Foundation will provide funding at the same rate as the Fellow’s PhD stipend maintenance grant, and they will be offered a travel, relocation and care grant, up to a total of £7000. Self-funded PhD students will receive funding equivalent to the stipend maintenance grant rate set by the Economic, Social and Research Council. More details can be found in the application guidance (download the application guidance)

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.

If you have a question that is not answered in the application pack or our frequently asked questions page, please contact Jack Miller, Energy Adviser at POST (millerjd@parliament.uk).

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