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Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme 2017

Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme 2017


Deadline: September 4, 2017

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).


The scheme has five main benefits:

  • Improve the awareness of academic research within Parliament and more systematically to learn about and benefit from its findings;
  • Support Parliamentary offices to expand their engagement with academic stakeholders in order to enrich and promote law-making, scrutiny and democratic engagement;
  • Promote knowledge and public understanding of Parliament amongst the research community;
  • Create an alumni network of fellows that can feed into Parliament’s Outreach and Engagement work;
  • Enable projects identified as important by Parliamentary offices, to be undertaken, that would not have otherwise been possible due to capacity or resources constraints.


  • Open to academics of all levels and experience who are 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.


To apply, all applicants must submit an electronic copy of the following documents to postfellowships@parliament.uk

  • Application Form (please note the application will be made ineligible if any of the four sections are left blank)
  • A two-page CV

Applicants should consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions and read the detailed guidance note prior to making an application.

Deadline for outline applications: midnight September 4, 2017Important Dates

  • Applicants will be notified about decision in principle (e.g. whether they have been shortlisted by parliamentary offices): September 15, 2017
  • Deadline for shortlisted applicants to submit a detailed application: October 13, 2017
  • Interviews with applicants: Week commencing October 23, 2017

Fellowships are conditional on candidates being security cleared. This can take up to three months and will be done once successful candidates have been selected. This means that it is unlikely that fellowships will start before December 2017.

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