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The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is Parliament’s in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. POST regularly publishes short briefing papers (POSTnotes) and longer reports giving parliamentarians a broad overview of the background to an issue and an analysis of the policy implications.

The BES POST Fellowship is an outstanding opportunity to gain an insider’s view of how Parliament works and hone your ability to communicate scientific issues to a wider audience.

The Fellowship last for three months, and is based at the Houses of Parliament in London.

The fellow will work on a policy topic grounded in science and technology, producing a POSTnote, contributing to a longer report, or assisting a Select Committee in a current inquiry. The Fellow will be expected to organise a seminar to inform or disseminate their work, which may occur after their three-month placement has finished.

The exact topic of the Fellowship will be determined by the Board of POST. Applicants should therefore be aware that, on joining POST, they may be working on something other than their originally-proposed topic.

Applications are restricted to BES members who are currently studying for a doctorate in a UK University (excluding first year students).

Application process involves completing an application form, a two-page summary of a proposed POSTnote topic and a one page statement around your interest in the scheme.

Deadline is 5pm on 16 April.

Interviews will be held 11 May 2018 at POST’s offices.

Start date will ideally be September 2018.

Funding will cover living expenses, £4,000 at the start of the fellowship, with £1,000 upon completion.

You can read last year's fellow reflections on the programme here.


Full details and application on the BES website.


You might also be interested in BES' parliamentary shadowing scheme.