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2nd December, 2019

New parliamentary academic fellowships just reopened

Following the success of POST’s Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme pilot, POST’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) will reopen the scheme. As before, the scheme will have two streams: a directed call and an open call. The directed call will open on 2nd December, and the open call will go out in Spring 2020.

On 2nd December, we will release a number of project proposals, which offices across Parliament have drafted, and which they would like an academic fellow to conduct. These projects include contributing to core work of the office, filling gaps in expertise, building staff capacity and skills, informing parliamentary scrutiny, analysing and evaluating parliamentary practices, or helping to grow Parliament’s academic networks.

Key information:

Who: the scheme will be open to any UK-based academic with a PhD, or university staff working in impact or knowledge exchange.

When: projects will be released and applications open on Monday 2nd December. The deadline to apply will be 23:59 pm, Sunday 19th January 2019. Interviews will take place from 3rd February onwards. Start dates and durations of fellowships vary according to the project.

Where: fellows will need to spend a certain amount of time in Westminster, however, they generally do not need to be based in London, and there is flexibility in working arrangements.

How: applicants must seek funds to cover the costs of their fellowship (buy out of teaching time, travel, subsistence, and other associated costs) from impact funding sources in their university, or other research organisations.

Why: fellowships are beneficial and impactful for both the UK Parliament and the fellow (find out more in our review of our last round of fellowships).

For more information please see the webpage: POST’s Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme – Directed Call

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