About POST fellowships

While fellows typically get to help us with the production of a POSTnote or POSTbrief, this once in a lifetime opportunity to view the epicentre of policy-making from the inside may also include a secondment to a select committee or the House of Commons or House of Lords Libraries.

By the end of their time at POST, our fellows learn how to write for policy with balance and impartiality. They also develop a unique understanding of Westminster and forge important relationships with key stakeholders, while often delving into a novel and exciting topic of research.

All POST Fellows need to be able to work in the UK. POST Fellowships can only be confirmed after successful security vetting. This includes a Counter Terrorist Check.

A review of PhD fellowships in parliament

Dr Jane Parry from the University of Southampton has conducted a review of PhD fellowships in parliament. Read the full report and the response from POST.

Our fellowship schemes

POST runs a number of schemes with learned societies, professional associations, and funding bodies.

  • N8 AgriFood fellowship 2021

    Applications for 2021 now open to doctoral students at a N8 university. Applications close 20 June, 2021. N8 AgriFood will be awarding one Fellowships to take place in 2021.

  • British Ecological Society

    Applications are now closed for the 2021/2022 British Ecological Society (BES) Fellowship. Open to BES members currently studying for a PhD in a UK university, apply by 14 June 2021.

  • Institute of Food Science and Technology

    Applications for 2021–2022 are now closed to PhD students of UK universities researching a food science and technology topic. Applications closed at 23:59 on 7th June 2021.

  • Nuffield Foundation

    Open to any PhD students in a scientific or quantitative social science field who are undertaking or have recently finished their PhD studies. Apply by 18 July 2021.

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry

    Open to RSC members doing a PhD or who have recently finished their PhD studies. Applications for 2021-22 now closed.

  • SSCP and SCENARIO DTP

    Open to postgraduate students in their second or third year of study, registered for a PhD within the SCENARIO & SSCP DTPs. Applications for 2020-21 now closed.

Everything you need to know about fellowships

Our frequently asked questions page covers all you need to know about POST fellowships. What is a fellowship? Will you need to relocate? How will you receive funding?

How to write a policy brief

What is a policy brief? How do you select a topic? How do we produce our flagship POSTnotes? This guide gives you a glimpse of what it takes to write for policy.