Nuffield Foundation Fellowship 2020

  • Apply now and work for three months at the UK Parliament.
  • Open to students at a UK university in their last or second last year of their PhD.
  • Apply by January 12, 2020.
  • Work to start in April or September 2020.


Are you a PhD student at a UK university in your last or second last year of study? Join POST for three months and learn about policy.

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, you will work closely with science advisers, specialists, and committee clerks.

You will learn how to write for policy and express complex ideas to a broad audience. And at the end you will publish an impartial briefing for Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

You will also have access to the know-how and events offered by the Nuffield Foundation. You can meet key members of staff, attend or even take part in seminars and workshops, and engage with ongoing work at the Nuffield Foundation.


You can apply if:

  • you are doing a PhD in a UK university,
  • your PhD is on a scientific or quantitative social science field, and
  • you are in your last or second last year of study.


Start date

Work will start either in April or September 2020. The start date will depend on your availability.


How to apply

Read the POST/Nuffield Foundation Fellowship 2020 guidance notes. (download the notes)


To apply, you will need to submit:

  • A completed application form (download the form (DOCX DOCX 908 KB)),
  • a two-page CV, and
  • a summary briefing on a potential POSTnote topic of your choosing
  • by midnight, 12 January 2020.

Interviews will take place from the 10th to the 14th of February 2020, at the UK Parliament. We will aim to let you know of our decision by 21 February 2020.


About the Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust with a mission to advance social well-being. It funds research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare, and Justice. It also funds student programmes that provide opportunities for young people to develop skills in quantitative and scientific methods.

The Nuffield Foundation is the founder and co-funder of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the Ada Lovelace Institute. The Foundation has funded this project, but the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation. Visit


POSTnote briefings written by fellows funded through the Nuffield Foundation Fellowship include:

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Further information


To discuss general aspects of the fellowship and of parliamentary activity, or for queries relating to the application process, please contact Jack Miller at POST on 0207 219 1159 or

To discuss initial topic ideas, please contact Dr Simon Gallacher at the Nuffield Foundation on 0207 681 9616 or