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The Economic and Social Research Council postgraduate fellowship scheme with POST is closed for applications. Please note that currently ESRC-funded PhD students are able to apply for a placement at POST via the RCUK policy internship scheme.
The scheme provides an opportunity for ESRC-funded postgraduate students to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (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.
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 to cover 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:
House of Lords Library 2017-0102 - Rehabilitation in Prisons
House of Lords European Union Select Committee - Brexit: Farm animal welfare
POSTnote 532 - Integrating Health and Social Care
POSTnote 524 - Education in Youth Custody
POSTnote 522 - Barriers to Healthy Food
Lords Library Note 2016/0015- European Union: Prime Ministers' Speeches and Party Manifestos since 1970
Lords Library Note 2016/0012 - Diabetes: UK Prevalence and Policy Developments
Lords Library Note 2016/0009 - International Women’s Day 2016
POSTnote 513 - Future of Natural Gas in the UK
Lords Library Note 2015/0035 - Digital Democracy: Political Participation and Citizen Engagement through the Internet
POSTbrief 14 - Body-Worn Video in UK Policing
POSTnote 507 - Trends in Crime and Criminal Justice
POSTnote 506 - Trends in Compulsory Education
POSTnote 498 - Trends in Political Participation
POSTnote 475 - Alternative Currencies
Lords Library Note 2014/027 - Polling Data on the Scottish Independence Referendum
POSTnote 472 - Big and Open Data in Transport
Rowena Bermingham, a recipient of the 2016 ESRC Fellowship has written a blog about her experience at POST.
Any ESRC-funded PhD student in their 2nd or 3rd year (or part time equivalent).
Please note that the ESRC does not allow third year students to undertake an internship in the last three months of their funding. The start date is to be agreed between the applicant, POST, the applicant's supervisor and University.
Applicants should read the ESRC/POST 2017/2018 Guidance note prior to submitting the following documents:
The application form and guidance notes are available below.
Any enquiries should be directed to Dr Caroline Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7219 0743.