Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors. Its aim is to improve social well-being in the widest sense, primarily by funding research and innovation in education and social policy, mainly in the UK but also in Europe and Africa. It believes that policy and practice should be influenced by evidence that is independent and rigorous. It also works to ensure these qualities are maintained in the future by funding programmes to build capacity in education, science and social science research.

Lord Flowers (1924 - 2010) was a distinguished theoretical physicist who became a key figure in UK science and university policy. He chaired the Nuffield Foundation from 1987 to 1998. He played a key role in the establishment of POST and was its Vice-Chair between 1998 and 2005.

Lord Flowers was particularly interested in science policy, in parliament and in promoting the careers of young scientists.

As Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology he said:

“... strategy must, first, leave room for new people who have not yet made their mark and for ideas too novel to have been awarded priority. Secondly, it must be focused on long-term needs and not on the solution of short-term problems.”

The opportunity is funded by the Nuffield Foundation in memory of Lord Flowers. One fellowship is available every year at POST.

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

POSTnote 539 - Creating Age-Friendly Cities

POSTnote 495 - Obesity Treatments

POSTnote 467 - Childhood Allergies

Further information

Who is eligible to apply?

The Flowers Fellowship is open to postgraduate students registered for a PhD in an UK University in any scientific or quantitative social science field who will enter their penultimate or final year of part- or full-time study in October 2017.

Start date

Placements can be undertaken between October 2017 and September 2018. The start date is to be agreed between the applicant, POST, the applicant's supervisor and University.

Application process

Applicants should read the 2017/2018 POST/Nuffield Foundation Flowers Fellowship Guidance note prior to submitting the following documents:

Timeline for applications

  • Deadline for applications: Midnight on Sunday 14 May 2017
  • Interviews (at POST’s offices in London): w/c 5 June 2017
  • Final decision: w/c 12 June 2017.


To discuss general aspects of the fellowship and of parliamentary activity, or for queries relating to the application process, please contact
Dr Abbi Hobbs at POST on 0207 219 2841 or

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