• Applications are closed for the 2021/2022 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) POST Westminster Fellowship scheme.
  • Open to RSC members who are undertaking or have recently finished their PhD studies.
  • Apply by 10 May 2021

About the scheme

POST and the RSC are offering a three-month fellowship to members of the RSC who are undertaking or have recently completed their PhD study (“recently completed” applies to people whose PhD funding ended within the six months prior to the application deadline). There are two funded fellowships 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 between September 2021 and May 2022. The exact start date is to be agreed between the applicant, POST, and the applicant’s supervisor.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Westminster Fellowship scheme is open to members of the RSC who are undertaking or have recently completed their PhD study. “Recently completed” applies to people whose PhD funding ended within the six months prior to the application deadline (if your funding ended before 10 November 2020 you are not eligible for this fellowship). The full person specification can be found in the application pack.

If not already a member of the RSC, you can apply to join prior to submitting your Fellowship application.

Please note: you will need to submit your application for RSC membership by 5 May 2021 at the latest in order to receive your membership number in time to apply for the Fellowship by the 10 May deadline. Soon after applying to RSC membership, candidates will receive a 6-digit membership number in the email confirming the application has been received: even if membership is not formally approved, this number will be sufficient for application to the Westminster Fellowship

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:

  • A completed 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 two-page briefing template
Download the approval form
Please note: the approval form originally uploaded contained an error which has now been corrected. The form available for download is correct as of 31/03/21’

Please email your two-page briefing and completed approval form to Phoebe Rountree, Public Affairs Advisor, Royal Society of Chemistry, at rountreep@rsc.org.

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

The deadline for applications is 23:59, 10 May 2021. Interviews will be held on week commencing 21st June 2021.

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

If you have a question that is not answered in the application pack or our frequently asked questions page, please contact Lorna Christie, Digital and Physical Sciences Adviser at POST (christiel@parliament.uk) or Phoebe Rountree, Public Affairs Adviser at RSC (rountreep@rsc.org).

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