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BPS POST Postgraduate Award

The Award provides an opportunity for a postgraduate psychologist to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to assist in providing objective briefing material for MPs and Peers on a psychological topic.

Who is eligible?

All postgraduate students registered for a doctoral degree in a psychology-related subject e.g. PhD/MPhil or taught practitioner doctorates (DClinPsy etc) at a UK Higher Education Institute.  Applicants must be in their penultimate or final year of part or full-time study at the time of the start of their placement at POST. Applicants must be a member of the British Psychological Society (at least a Graduate Member).

How to Apply

The following documentation should be sent to the Society:

  • An application form
  • A summary report on any aspect of psychological research that the applicant considered and shows to be relevant to public policy (1200 words). This should include an explanation of why the topic should be of interest to parliamentarians.

For full details of the scheme or an application form, contact the Board Administrator.

Nominations are now closed.

Recent POST notes

Recent POSTnotes produced by BPS/POST award holders are:

No. 515 Policing Domestic Abuse, December 2015

No. 481 Palliative and End of Life Care, October 2014

Copies are available on the POST website.

The POST Fellowship Experience

Further details about the fellowship can be found in an article titled POST notes on video games by previous BPS/POST Fellow, Hannah Swift, which was published in The Psychologist (February 2012). The article can be found about two thirds of the way down the webpage.

Other Society awards