POST Fellowship

We sponsor an annual three month fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).

POSTnote launch
POSTnote launch Ben Connor

Open to PhD students in ecology (beyond 1st year), our POST Fellowship offers members the opportunity to spend three months working in Parliament on a briefing for MPs and peers. The Fellowship is an outstanding opportunity to gain an insider’s view of Parliament and hone your ability to communicate science to a wider audience.

Applications for the 2016 BES POST Fellowship are now closed. We will be recruiting for our 2017 Fellow next spring. If you would like to be kept informed of when applications open, please contact Ben Connor, Policy Manager.

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

POST is Parliament’s in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. It publishes short briefing papers (POSTnotes) and longer reports giving parliamentarians an overview of an issue and analysis of the policy implications.

The Fellowship

The Fellowship lasts three months, based in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Fellows will work on a scientific policy topic, producing a POSTnote, contributing to a longer report, or assisting a Select Committee inquiry. The exact topic of the Fellowship will be determined by the POST board. Fellows will also organise a seminar to inform or disseminate your work, which may occur after the three-month placement has finished.


The Fellowship is open to BES members currently studying for a PhD in a UK university, beyond their first year of study.


Fellows receive a £5,000 award to cover living costs during the three month Fellowship period. Computing, email and other facilities will be supplied by POST.


Candidates need to receive parliamentary security clearance before they can receive the Fellowship. POST is a strictly non-partisan organisation. Fellows will be expected to abstain from any party political activity and generally to uphold the principles of parliamentary service, including a commitment to confidentiality, during their time with POST.