Economic and Social Research Council

The 2015/2016 Economic and Social Research Council postgraduate fellowship scheme is closed for applications.  

This scheme provides an opportunity for ESRC funded postgraduate students to be seconded to POST to assist in producing independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues for Parliamentarians. ESRC/ POST Fellows may work on a policy topic grounded in the natural sciences or technology, where social science research evidence has a key role to play, or on a more substantive social science topic of relevance to public policy.

There may also be limited opportunities for some Fellows to become involved with primary research into the use of research evidence in Parliament. Fellows are usually based at POST; however, in some instances, Fellows may also be based for the duration of their fellowship either with a Select Committee or the Library in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords. This will be determined in discussion with the student and be dependent on the work of Parliament. 

The scheme is designed to give students first-hand experience of working in science policy and a wide understanding of the work of Parliament. Fellows will be supported by a three month funded extension to their PhD. Additional financial support is available towards travel or accommodation costs if the successful applicant is usually based outside of London. All eligible candidates will be assessed through a competitive application process.

A selection of recent POSTnote and other briefings written by ESRC funded fellows:

POSTnote 475 - Alternative Currencies

Lords Library Note 2014/027 - Polling Data on the Scottish Independence Referendum

POSTnote 472 - Big and Open Data in Transport

Further information

Who is eligible to apply?

Any ESRC-funded PhD student in their 2nd or 3rd year in 2015/ 2016 (or part time equivalent).

Start date

Placements can be undertaken between:

  • September – December 2015
  • January – March 2016
  • April – June 2016.

To be agreed between the applicant, POST, the applicant's supervisor and University.

Application process

Applicants should read the ESRC/POST 2015/2016 Guidance note prior to submitting the following documents:

  • An application form
  • A two-page CV
  • A summary briefing on a potential POSTnote topic.

The application form and guidance notes are available below.

The ESRC fellow is now closed for applications. Please check back later for next year's round.