Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme

Central Lobby, Houses of Parliament

The UK Parliament is piloting an Academic Fellowship Scheme that will offer academic researchers at every stage of their career the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster’s walls.

The Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme is offering academics from different subject areas and at any career stage the opportunity to come and work in Parliament.

Funded by monies made available to universities to increase the impact of their research, the Scheme includes opportunities for academics to work on specific projects proposed by offices inside Parliament, as well as enabling academics to propose a project of their choosing.

The Scheme has been endorsed by the Research Councils in particular, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Who can apply

Applications to the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme are currently closed.

The Fellowship Scheme is open to academics of all levels and experience who employed at a UK higher education institution that holds either an ESRC or EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Unsure if your university holds an IAA award?

PLEASE NOTE: Fellowships are not available with Government Departments through this Scheme.

For further information please consult the detailed guidance note and the list of frequently asked questions. Should you have any further questions, you can contact Dr Sarah Foxen: or Naomi Saint:

How to apply

Academics can apply through two main routes:

1. Open call

Propose a project of your choosing. This call is now closed.

2. Directed call

This call is now closed. This call is now closed.

How to apply

Successful Fellows

  • We have 18 Fellows currently working within the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Read more about them and the projects they are working on in Parliament. You can also find out about the Fellows that have now completed their Fellowship with Parliament.

Further Information