BES Policy Fellowship with UK Government: applications now open

Applications are now open for the 2017 BES Policy Fellowship with UK Government

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At this tumultuous time for UK politics, the need for policymaking to be informed by the best available evidence has never been more important.

We are therefore delighted to announce the launch of our first BES Policy Fellowship with UK Government. With applications open to all members with at least five years’ experience post-PhD, and up to £20,000 funding available, the 2017 Fellow will spend up to six months on a placement embedded within Defra’s Environment Analysis Unit, applying their scientific expertise to a practical policy challenge.

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, critical decisions will be made about the future of our environmental policy framework, with opportunities to develop innovative new approaches. Gathering, synthesising and communicating the best scientific evidence – from how to maximise the environmental benefits of land management schemes, through to how to promote ecosystem resilience – is essential to ensuring the success of any policy decisions.

The Fellowship will provide a prestigious opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working within government, improving the Fellow’s policy knowledge and awareness, developing their science communication skills, and building their professional networks at an exciting and crucial time for environmental policy.

Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will close on Monday 7 August.

Find out more about this unique opportunity and how to apply