BES Policy Fellowship

Applications for the 2019/20 Policy Fellowship are now open!

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Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/MOD

Applications are now open for the 2019/20 BES Policy Fellowship!

About the Fellowship

The BES Policy Fellowship offers an ecologist the chance to spend up to six months on a placement embedded within a government department or agency, applying their scientific expertise to a practical policy challenge. The 2019 Fellowship will be hosted by Defra. The Fellowship will provide a prestigious opportunity for BES members to gain first-hand experience of working within government, improving their policy knowledge and awareness, developing their science communication skills, and building their professional networks at an exciting and crucial time for environmental policy. The Fellowship will also help to foster wider links between the ecological and policy communities, and support policy development informed by outstanding science.


A maximum of £20,000 is available from the BES to support the Fellowship. Applicants are asked to specify and justify the amount of funding requested and how it would be spent.


The Fellowship will last between three months (full-time) and six months (part-time), with the precise duration of the placement to be determined between Defra, the Fellow and the Fellow’s home institution.

Start Date

The Fellowship will begin ideally in November 2019, with the exact start date to be agreed between Defra, the Fellow, and the Fellow’s home institution.

Application Procedure

Applications will open on 18 July, and will close on 27 August 2019. Applications will be via the grants portal on the BES website. You will need to register into our online grants system, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’.

Register online

Alongside the online application form, candidates will be asked to provide:

• A CV.
• A letter of support from the Head of Department/School at the applicant’s home institution indicating that they agree to the applicant taking time away from their normal duties to complete the Fellowship according to the requirements and conditions set out above.
• An equality and diversity monitoring form.

Initial shortlisting will be conducted by a review panel. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview, with the interview panel.

For further details, please see the document below titled “2019 Policy Fellow FULL ROLE DESCRIPTION”

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Policy Manager, Brendan Costelloe.