Joint Postgraduate Award with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

This Grant scheme creates the opportunity for postgraduate psychologists to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology for thirteen weeks. It allows them to support the creation of psychology-related briefing materials for MPs and peers.


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.

Full details can be obtained by contacting the team

Successful applicants

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.


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

Produce a two-page briefing on a topic that you think would be of current interest to Parliamentarians. You will be asked to ensure your work is unidentifiable, in order to make the process as fair and unbiased as possible. Please see the application pack for more information.

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]