What is a POST PhD fellowship? Who can apply for it? Who pays for it? What is it like being a fellow? Read our latest FAQs.
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- Applications closed 12 June 2023.
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 2023 and May 2024. 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 12 December 2022, 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 at least one week in advance of the deadline in order to receive your membership number in time. 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.
Applicants should submit:
- A completed application form, which contains questions asking you to demonstrate your skills and experience.
- 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 to make the process fair. Please see the application pack for more information on the two-page briefing assessment and some tips for writing it.
- An approval form, which has been completed by your PhD Supervisor and Head of Department.
Please email your application form, two-page briefing and completed approval form to Matt Davies, Public Affairs Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry (email@example.com). Applications will undergo an initial sift based on the two-page briefing.
The deadline for applications is 23:59, 12 June 2023. Interviews will likely be held on week commencing 8 August 2023.
The Royal Society of Chemistry will give the successful applicants a £7000 bursary to cover their three months at POST. More details can be found in the application pack.
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 Oliver Bennett, Head of POST (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matt Davies, Public Affairs Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry (email@example.com).
Read our tips for writing policy briefings, and find out how we produce POSTnotes and POSTbriefs.
Applications closed 10th May 2023.