BES Policy Fellowship

Applications for the 2021 Policy fellowship are now open!

Scottish Parliament (c) Hamish Irvine/Flickr

About the Fellowship

The BES works with government departments across the UK to offer fellowships  to ecologists.

The BES-NatureScot Policy Fellowship offers an ecologist the chance to spend up to nine months on a placement, embedded within a Scottish executive 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, 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.


Applications to the BES Policy Fellowship will be open to any BES member with two or more years’ research experience post-PhD. The Fellowship is only open to those who have UK Citizenship or an existing visa to work in the UK for the duration of the Fellowship. See ‘Useful Documentation’ below for full role description.


The Fellowship will ideally begin in November, with the exact start date to be agreed between the host, the Fellow, and the Fellow’s home institution. The Fellowship will last between three months (full-time) and nine months (part-time), with the precise duration of the placement to be determined between the host, the Fellow and the Fellow’s home institution.

Applications Process

Job Description

Applications can be made via the grants portal on the BES webiste: 

Alongside the application form in the portal, 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

Applications will close on Friday 17th of September. 

Interview date: 6th October 2021