• Applications closeed 17 March 2023.
  • Fellowships will start at the earliest in September 2023.

About the scheme

The SSCP and SCENARIO DTP Fellowship scheme, currently in its fourth iteration, provides an exciting opportunity for students to gain real-world experience communicating research findings to policy makers. Successful applicants will contribute to the activities of the UK Parliament by working with POST on an area of science and technology policy, which may be outside of their immediate area of expertise.

POST Fellowships typically involve the production of a POSTnote, a four-page research publication that reviews the current research landscape in emerging areas, ensuring accuracy and impartiality. POST Fellowships may also involve being placed with a select committee, engaging with science policy by directly supporting the committee’s work in scrutinising the Government.

Past SSCP and SCENARIO DTP fellows co-authored Climate adaptation for natureBlue carbonBioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and Decarbonising the gas network POSTnotes. They were also placed with select committees to work on committee inquiries, including with the Environmental Audit Committee; the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee; the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee; and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee.


The Fellowship is open to all SSCP and SCENARIO DTP postgraduate students registered for a PhD in their second or third year of study.

All applicants must be eligible for a full award under NERC’s standard studentship criteria (please see the UKRI Training Grants standard terms and conditions for further information).

How to apply

To apply please submit an online form by 17 March 2023. This form must be completed in one sitting.

When submitting your POSTnote as part of the assessment process, please use this template.

Permission will also need to be sought from your Department and PhD supervisor and confirmed using this form.

Further information

For more information on the fellowship and the application process please see the NERC DTP fellowship application guide 2023 SSCP and SCENARIO DTP.

For questions about POST fellowships, please contact us at postfellowships@parliament.uk.

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