Nuffield Foundation Flowers Fellowship

Are you a PhD student at a UK university in your final or penultimate year? Could you produce rigorous and accessible analysis of public policy issues in science and technology in order to inform parliamentary debate?

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is offering a three month fellowship to a PhD student from a UK university funded by the Nuffield Foundation in memory of its late Chairman, Lord Flowers of Queen’s Gate.

The Flowers Fellow will work on a project in any area of science or technology policy and may produce a short briefing note (a ‘POSTnote’), another form of report, or work with Select Committees in a way to be agreed with POST. The Fellow will be based at the offices of POST at Parliament in London.

The Flowers Fellowship is open to postgraduate students registered for a PhD in a UK university in any field of science or technology. Applicants must be in their penultimate or final year of part-time or full-time study (starting in 2015/16) and will be required to obtain approval from their PhD Supervisor and Head of Department. The Fellow will receive a three month extension to their PhD stipend at a rate equivalent to their current PhD maintenance stipend (capped at £6,000). For students who are based outside reasonable commuting distance of London, an extra allowance will contribute to travel and accommodation needs. The Nuffield Foundation will reimburse the university for these costs. The Fellow will be responsible for suspending her/his university registration for the duration of the Fellowship. University fees will not be covered by this award.

The Flowers Fellowship is a competitive award and interviews will be held at POST’s Westminster offices in London in November. The offer is conditional on obtaining parliamentary security clearance. The successful applicant can take up the fellowship from February 2016 onwards.

How to apply

Applications should be made to POST. Full details are available in the background information and application form (Word)

The closing date for applications is Sunday 18 October 2015.