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Joint Postgraduate Award with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Please note: this scheme is currently closed and will re-open in 2023.

POST and the British Psychological Society (BPS) are offering a 13-week fellowship to PhD students in a psychology-related subject who are a Member of the British Psychological Society and in their penultimate or final year of study.

There is one funded fellowship available.

Successful applicants will be based in UK Parliament, supporting its use of research evidence. Most fellows assist POST in providing briefing material for parliamentarians on emerging science topics. Work may include:

  • Producing a POSTnote or POSTbrief (briefing documents to help inform the work of MPs and Peers), or contributing to a longer briefing report.
  • Assisting a select committee in an ongoing inquiry.
  • Organising a seminar to inform or disseminate research.

The fellowship can be carried out full-time for three months or part-time over a longer period.

At the end of the placement, the Fellow will be asked to write a short end-of-project report for the society’s Research Board and to prepare a paper on their experience and POST note for presentation at either a relevant society conference or publication in The Psychologist.

Who is eligible to apply?

This Fellowship is open to 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 at least a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.

The full person specification can be found in the application guidance.

Successful candidates will be required to complete pre-employment checks. This includes security vetting to Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level. All successful candidates are required to pass these checks before an offer can be confirmed.

How to apply

Full details can be obtained by contacting [email protected]

Applicants should submit:

  • An application form
  • An approval form, which has been completed by your PhD Supervisor and Head of Department.
  • A two-page briefing on a topic that you think would be of current interest to Parliamentarians. The briefing should be completed using the briefing template and should not contain your name or any other identifying details. We want you to use the briefing template and ensure your work is not identifiable in order to make the process as fair and unbiased as possible.

Please email completed forms to [email protected]

Applications will undergo an initial sift on the basis of the two-page briefing.

Funding arrangements

The BPS will provide funding to cover the Fellow’s PhD stipend maintenance grant, travel, and relocation or care costs, up to a total of £6000.

Self-funded PhD students will receive funding equivalent to the stipend maintenance grant rate set by the Economic, Social and Research Council.

More details can be found in the application guidance.

Frequently asked questions

POST has put together a page with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions asked about POST fellowships.

If you have a question that is not answered in the application pack or our frequently asked questions page, please contact [email protected]

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