Westminster Fellowship

City of Westminster, London (Greater) (GB)
£6,500 3 months
29 Apr 2019
17 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Westminster Fellowship

  • £6,500 bursary for 3 month placement
  • Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Houses of Parliament, London

The Westminster Fellowship Scheme provides an opportunity for Royal Society of Chemistry members who are undertaking, or recently completed, PhD studies to spend three months working at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).

POST is an office of the Houses of Parliament that aims to provide balanced and objective analysis of science and technology based issues relevant to parliamentarians. Successful applicants will be based in Parliament for a three-month period.

We are currently recruiting for two Fellowships, to take place between October 2019 and May 2020.

About the scheme

The successful applicants will assist POST in providing briefing material for MPs and Peers, including seeking advice from a range of experts from relevant disciplines. Fellows will interact closely with people and activities across the Houses of Parliament, including select committees, MPs and Peers, their support services, 'All-Party Parliamentary Group' meetings and the very wide range of other activities at the Palace of Westminster. Work may include:

  • Producing a POSTnote or POSTbrief (briefing documents to help inform the work of MPs and Peers), or contributing to a longer briefing report;
  • Assisting a select committee in an ongoing inquiry;
  • Organising a seminar to inform or disseminate their work.

The start date for each fellowship will be between October 2019 and May 2020, to be agreed between the successful applicants and POST.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Westminster Fellowship Scheme is open only to applications from Royal Society of Chemistry members who are undertaking PhD study or who have completed a PhD in the last six months, and have the right to work in the UK.

Funding arrangements

The Royal Society of Chemistry will give the successful applicants a £6,500 bursary to cover their three months at POST.

How to apply

A full person specification and application guidance is available at https://www.rsc.org/campaigns/westminster-fellowship/

The deadline for applications is 17 June 2019, and interviews will be held on 31 July 2019.

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