POST’s Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme 2020

Following the success of the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology’s (POST) Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme pilot, POST’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) has reopened the scheme for 2020.

The scheme will have two streams: a directed call and an open call, the open call will go out in Spring 2020.

The directed call project proposals which offices across Parliament have drafted, and which they would like an academic fellow to conduct are available to view here.

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.

Directed Call – Project Summaries


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, but do not need to be generally 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 such as the Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA). At LSSI, we manage an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account that can be utilised for this purpose. You will find more information about our IAA here.

Applicants may also seek funding from other research organisations or funders, for example research networks, charitable funding, learned society funding, or professional association funding. Fellowships may not be funded with private funding or funding from industry.

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


How to Apply

Applications is via the POST Website.

For applicants seeking funding via our ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), applications must first be sent to Hannah Crow (ESRC IAA Manager) for review and approval by the 7th January 2020 by 5pm. Applications will then be assessed for suitability and successful applications can then be signed off by the IAA Manager prior to submission to POST by 19th January.

Funding of up to £10,000 is available through our ESRC IAA funded Parliamentary Academic Fellowships.


Eligible Costs

The IAA can only cover direct costs such as:

Travel and subsistence

Teaching buy out only

Other associated direct costs