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.

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?

Our fellowship schemes

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

  • Wellcome Trust

    Applications are open for the 2021/2022 Wellcome Trust humanities and social sciences Fellowship. Open to Wellcome researchers and PhD students.


    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.

  • Nuffield Foundation

    Open to students doing a PhD on a scientific or quantitative social science field. Applications for 2020-21 reopen in November.

  • British Ecological Society

    Open to PhD students with a membership of the British Ecological Society. Applications for 2020-21 now closed.

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.