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 Fellowship is for a three-month period and will be based at POST. The fellow will work on an area of quantitative social science, science or technology policy and produce a POSTnote briefing (see for example, ‘Creating age-friendly cities’).

Lord Flowers was a distinguished theoretical physicist who became an influential figure in UK science and university policy. As Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology he was instrumental in the creation of POST in 1989 and was its Vice-Chair between 1998 and 2005. He chaired the Nuffield Foundation from 1987 to 1997, bringing to the role an acute sense of how a small funder could use its independence and flexibility to do things government could not.

The Flowers Fellowship is open to postgraduate students registered for a PhD in a UK University in any scientific or quantitative social science field who will enter their penultimate or final year of part- or full-time study in October 2017 who wish to apply for a fellowship to be undertaken between October 2017 and September 2018. The start date is to be agreed between the applicant, POST, the applicant's supervisor and University.

How to apply

Download the application form and guidance from the POST website.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 14 May 2017 and interviews will be held in early June.