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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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Working with POST

Permanent staff

POST has six permanent science advisers, covering the fields of biology and health; physical sciences, IT and communications; environment and energy; and science policy. Science advisers have a postgraduate qualification and science policy experience. When positions arise, they are advertised here.

Research Council, Research Charity and Learned Society Fellowships

POST runs several collaborative fellowship schemes with research councils, learned scientific societies and charities, whereby PhD or post-doctoral students can spend usually three months working at POST through an extension of their maintenance grants or research funding. Some sponsors support more than one fellowship a year. In some cases, successful fellows may work for all or part of their time at Parliament on assisting a parliamentary select committee. Further information about the schemes is posted here and on the sponsoring organisations' websites.

Open fellowship applications

Wellcome Trust Medical History and Humanities, closing date 24th November 2011. 
Institution of Chemical Engineers (Ashok Kumar Memorial), closing date 2nd December 2011.

Closed fellowship applications

2011 applications for these fellowships have closed. Please check this page regularly for details of the 2012 round.

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
British Psychological Society
Institute of Food Science and Technology
Natural Environment Research Council
Royal Society of Chemistry
Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics


Because of the recent expansion of POST's doctoral fellowship schemes, our ability to take short-term interns (undergraduate and postgraduate) is now severely constrained.

Opportunities may exist for such internships, particularly over the summer period (June-October) but applications (email to the Director) for any vacancies must be made a minimum of six months before an intern would join us. This is to enable the completion of parliamentary security clearance and other procedures. Interns will not be able to join POST until these procedures have been fully completed.

Any interns accepted would probably not conduct work leading to production of a POSTnote but would assist in areas such as data gathering for future projects; preparatory planning for future POST events such as parliamentary seminars; or work in connection with POST's collaboration with its European counterparts through the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment network (EPTA).