• Applications are open for the 2020/2021 Royal Society of Chemistry Fellowship (RSC)
  • Open to RSC members doing a PhD or who have recently finished their PhD studies
  • Apply by 26 April 2020

About the scheme

Fellows will help POST write policy briefs for MPs and Peers.

They will 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 POSTnotes, POSTbriefs, or contributed to other briefing reports.
  • Helped select committees in ongoing inquiries.
  • Organised briefing events on their topic of interest.

Fellowships will start between September 2020 and May 2021. Specifics will be agreed between the successful applicants and POST.

The RSC will give the successful applicants a £6,500 bursary to cover their three months at POST.

You can apply if

  • you are a member of the RSC
  • and you are currently doing a PhD, or your PhD funding finished in the six months leading up to the application deadline. (If your funding ended before 26 October 2019 you are not eligible for this fellowship.)

If you are not currently a member of the RSC, you still have time to apply to join.

You can send your Fellowship application form as soon as you have a membership number. You will get your membership number within a week of applying for membership.

If you are not a member, please send your application for RSC membership by 16 April. You should receive your membership number in time to apply for the Fellowship by the deadline.

Offers are subject to parliamentary security checks. Fellowship offers are conditional on security clearance.

How to apply

First, download and read the application pack. This has more detail on the role, application process, and assessment criteria.

Applicants should send:

  • A completed application form.
  • A short briefing which is key to the assessment. It should be:
    • In the style of a POSTnote.
    • Two pages max. Half as long as a typical four-page POSTnote.
    • On a research topic that is relevant to public policy.
    • Unrelated to your area of expertise.
    • Anonymous. Remove your name or any identifying details in the briefing. It will be scored blind.
  • See the application pack for more details.

Please email your application form and your briefing to Phoebe Rountree, Public Affairs Advisor, Royal Society of Chemistry.

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

Apply by 23:59, 26 April 2020.

Interviews will take place on 4 June 2020.

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 further question you can reach us at postfellowships@parliament.uk