BES POST fellowship 2021

Applications for the 2021 BES POST Fellowship are now closed.

The BES POST Fellowship

Fellowships offer great opportunities to PhD students, to gain an insider’s view of how Parliament works. During the three month Fellowship, successful candidates hone their ability to communicate scientific issues to a wider audience, by writing policy briefs for MPs and Peers. Fellows work closely with people across the UK Parliament and get to see how select committees, all party parliamentary groups and libraries work.

POST fellows have in the past:

  • Produced POSTnotesPOSTbriefs, or contributed to other briefing reports.
  • Helped select committees in ongoing inquiries.
  • Organised briefing events on their topic of interest.

Fellowships will start in November 2021, subject to final agreement between the applicant, POST, and the applicant’s supervisor and University. Fellowships are also conditional to security clearance. We are currently building our capacity to ensure that all work can be carried out remotely

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

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. POST regularly publishes short briefing papers (POSTnotes) and longer reports giving parliamentarians a broad overview of the background to an issue and an analysis of the policy implications.

How will Coronavirus affect my fellowship?

Recruiting for fellowships will continue as normal. Interviews will take place remotely. Successful applicants will be offered fellowships to start the earliest in November 2021. We have the capacity to ensure that all work can be carried out remotely, but regular office working may be possible by the autumn.


We are seeking applications from current doctoral students who are BES members studying for a PhD in a UK university, in their second, third, or fourth year of your full-time PhD or part-time equivalent, at the time of the application.


The successful applicant will receive a £6,000 award to cover their living costs while undertaking the three-month fellowship. Computing, email and other facilities necessary for the project will be supplied by POST. £5,000 will be paid on at the start of the fellowship, and the remaining £1,000 on completion

How to apply

It is important that you download and read the application pack before applying, as it contains more details on the role, application process, and assessment criteria.

Download the application pack

Applicants should submit:

  • A completed application form.
  • An approval form, which has been completed by your PhD Supervisor and Head of Department.
  • A two-page briefing on a topic that you think would be of current interest to Parliamentarians. The briefing should be completed using the briefing template and should not contain your name or any other identifying details. We want you to use the briefing template and ensure your work is not identifiable in order to make the process as fair and unbiased as possible. Please see the application pack for the two-page briefing assessment and some tips for writing it.

Download the two-page briefing template

Download the approval form

Please email your two-page briefing and completed approval form to Daniela Russi, Senior Policy Manager at BES (

Applications will undergo an initial sift on the basis of two-page briefing.

Applications completed by 23:59 on Monday 14 June 2021. Late applications will not be accepted. A panel consisting of BES and POST personnel will assess the applications. Interviews will be held on week commencing 28th June 2021.

Any queries relating to the application process should be directed to Daniela Russi, Senior BES Policy Manager. You can also email POST to discuss general aspects of the scheme. Please note that neither the BES nor POST can advise on the strength or weaknesses of individual proposals.


Candidates will have to receive parliamentary security clearance before they can receive the BES POST 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 the Office.

Frequently asked questions

What is a POST fellowship? Who can apply for it? Who pays for it? We have put together a page with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get about POST fellowships.