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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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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.

Parliamentary Thematic Research Leads

Over 2023, Parliament and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have been piloting the creation of a network of Thematic Research Leads (TRLs). TRLs are mid-career researchers embedded part-time in Parliament, who bring their academic expertise and experience of working with research evidence to the policy, research and analysis work which is carried out across Parliament. 

Find out more about POST’s Parliamentary Thematic Research Leads here.

Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme

In the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme, researchers use their knowledge and skills to carry out projects in UK Parliament. The scheme works on a rolling basis, and projects are issued as the needs arise from within 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, as well as university staff working in impact or knowledge exchange.

More information on the Scheme and details of any Parliamentary Academic Fellowships currently open for applications can be found here.


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.


Discover how the Knowledge Exchange Unit supports researchers and Parliament to work together.