• Applications for 2019/2020 now open to Royal Society of Chemistry members who are undertaking PhD study or who have completed a PhD in the last six months
  • Applications close June 17, 2019
  • The Society will be awarding two Fellowships to take place between October 2019 and May 2020

About the scheme

The successful applicants will assist POST in providing briefing material for MPs and Peers, including seeking advice from a range of experts from relevant disciplines.

Fellows will interact closely with people and activities across the 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. 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 their work.

The start date for each fellowship will be between October 2019 and May 2020, to be agreed between the successful applicants and POST.

‘The POST fellowship was one of the best experiences of my PhD. I learnt a lot about communicating in a policy context, in a really supportive and friendly working environment. The writing skills and policy experience I have gained are already helping me in my new research job, working in climate policy research. I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone interested in science policy to apply for a POST fellowship, I can pretty much guarantee you won’t regret it.’

– Heather Plumpton, POSTnote: Climate Change and Agriculture

Who is eligible to apply?

The Westminster Fellowship Scheme is open only to applications from Royal Society of Chemistry members who are undertaking PhD study or who have completed a PhD in the last six months, and have the right to work in the UK. The full person specification can be found in the application pack.

If you are not currently a member of the RSC, you can read more about the benefits of membership and apply to join. You will be able to submit your Fellowship application form as soon as you have a membership number, which you will receive within a week of applying for membership. Therefore please note you will need to submit your application for RSC membership by 11 June at the latest, in order to receive your membership number in time to apply for the Fellowship by the 17 June deadline.

Please note that successful applicants are subject to Parliamentary security checks and that any Fellowship offer is conditional on obtaining security clearance.

How to apply

It is important that you download and read the application pack ( PDF 508 KB) before applying, as it contains more details on the role, application process, and assessment criteria. Applicants should submit:

  • A completed application form.
  • A short briefing (two-sides maximum), in the style of a POSTnote, on any aspect of scientific research that you choose, demonstrating its relevance to public policy. You should avoid choosing a topic directly related your area of expertise, and the briefing document should not include your name or any identifying details, as it will be assessed blind. More details, including the assessment criteria, are in the application pack.

Please send both documents via email to Phoebe Rountree, Public Affairs Advisor, Royal Society of Chemistry, at rountreep@rsc.org

Applications will initially be sifted on the basis of the POSTnote-style summary.

The deadline for applications is 17 June 2019, and interviews will be held on 31 July 2019.

Funding arrangements

The Royal Society of Chemistry will give the successful applicants a £6,500 bursary to cover their three months at POST. More details can be found in the application pack: (download the application pack ( PDF 508 KB)).