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Academic fellowships

Parliament offers fellowships in which academics come and conduct projects at Parliament. There are opportunities for academic researchers at any stage of their career.

POST's Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme

In the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme, researchers use their knowledge and skills to carry out projects in UK Parliament. The Knowledge Exchange Unit in Parliament organise the scheme.

The scheme first began in 2016 and has two strands. In the Directed Call of the scheme, academics work on projects issued by Parliament. This is currently a rolling scheme, with projects issued as the need in Parliament arises. In the Open Call of the scheme, academics propose projects they would like to conduct in Parliament. The Open Call last opened for applications during 2020 and is currently closed.

Researchers bring their skills and knowledge to offices across Parliament. They work closely with parliamentary staff in their host team, and some will also have direct contact with Members of Parliament. A fellowship project might support core work of an office in Parliament, or fill a gap in expertise. It could help to grow Parliament's academic networks, or inform parliamentary scrutiny. It might analyse and evaluate parliamentary practices, or build staff capacity and skills.

Applications are open to all UK-based university researchers who already have a PhD and are employed on an academic contract (and, exceptionally, they are also open to those who don't have a PhD but who are employed in a university on an academic contract and have equivalent experience of a PhD). They are also open to university staff working in impact or knowledge exchange. People applying for fellowships must also be eligible for a parliamentary pass.

Parliamentary Academic Fellows go through an application process when applying for fellowships. As part of this they complete application forms and attend an interview. Applicants source funding for the fellowships from their institutions or research organisations/ funders.
Academics remain employed by their university whilst they carry out fellowships. They have the status of Parliamentary Academic Fellows for the duration of their fellowships.

Fellowships generate impact for Parliament, the fellow and the fellow’s home institution. In Parliament, for example, fellowships can raise awareness around topics, inform scrutiny and support changes in processes. They allow fellows to increase their knowledge of Parliament, build networks for themselves and their home institution, and develop new skills. They can lead to research impact and can enable opportunities for fellows to publish, and develop their teaching.

An overview of some of the fellows currently participating in the scheme, including their institution, their host office in Parliament and their fellowship project, can be found below:
Fellow name Fellow institution Host office in UK Parliament Fellowship project
Dr Maria Barrett University of Warwick

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, House of Commons Select Committee Team

Widening the Pool: Engaging with more diverse expertise in the cultural field in a Covid and post-Covid environment

Dr Patrick Butchard

Edge Hill University

International Affairs and Defence Section, House of Commons Library

Supporting the delivery of international law policy research for the House of Commons Library

Dr Elinor Carmi

University of Liverpool Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, House of Commons Select Committee Team Digital Literacies for a Healthy Democracy
Professor Tony Dobbins University of Birmingham Business and Transport Section, House of Commons Library Collaborating in knowledge exchange with the research team in the House of Commons library (employment, labour market) to enhance understanding of the post-Covid future of work context
Dr. Paul Gorczynski University of Portsmouth Women and Equalities Select Committee, House of Commons Select Committee Team Evaluating mental health symptoms and disorders and service use amongst LGBT+ people before and during the COVID19 pandemic
Dr Helen McCabe University of Nottingham Home Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons Select Committee Team Supporting the work of the Select Committee on issues relating to forced marriage and violence against women and girls
Sandra Messenger Cranfield University Knowledge Exchange Unit, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology The use of digital approaches to knowledge exchange to enhance diverse engagement between the UK Parliament and the research community
Professor Andrew Mumford University of Nottingham International Affairs Unit, House of Commons Select Committee Team Providing Support and Advice to the House of Commons International Affairs Unit on the Government's Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review
Professor Rachel Murray University of Bristol Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch Assessing the effectiveness of the National Assembly’s Standing Orders and the Standing Orders Consultation Programme in the Gambia
Dr James Winnett University of Warwick Business and Transport Section, House of Commons Library

Reducing societal reliance on petrol and diesel cars: the impact of policy on decarbonising transport
The KEU conduct ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the Parliamentary Academic Scheme, which informs developments in the scheme. This includes to ensure that the scheme and recruitment process are inclusive. You can read a long evaluation of the pilot scheme, which ran between 2016 and 2019 here. It includes a review of the scheme, details of projects conducted and their impacts, and five case studies. You can read a short summary of the pilot scheme here.
If you would like to find out more about the scheme, please contact Laura Webb on

POST PhD Fellowships

POST offers fellowships in which sponsored PhD students can work at POST for (usually) three months.

Some fellowships are also open to post-doctoral researchers in academia and industry. POST runs this scheme with Research Councils, learned societies and charities. Find out more about POST PhD Fellowships.