BES/Defra Policy Fellowship

Applications for the 2019 Policy Fellowship are now closed.

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Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/MOD

Applications are now closed for the 2019 BES/Defra Policy Fellowship.

About the Fellowship

The BES/Defra 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 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.