UK Parliament opens its doors to major academic fellowship schemes

November 17, 2016

The UK Parliament has launched two new fellowship schemes that will offer academic researchers, at every stage of their career, the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster’s walls.

House of Commons Fellowship Scheme

Following an open call for applications, the House of Commons Fellowship Scheme has awarded five fellowships to senior political and social scientists from universities across the UK. The scheme, run in partnership with the Political Studies Association (PSA) will give fellows an opportunity to increase the impact of their research by working with the House Service to build public understanding of Parliament, as well as to inform, evaluate and enhance the House’s work and that of its Members.

The Academy would like to congratulate Professor Matthew Flinders FAcSS on becoming one of the first five fellows.

Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme

Applications for the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme are now open. The scheme gives academics from different subject areas and at any career stage the chance to work on specific projects proposed by offices inside Parliament, as well as enabling academics to propose their own project ideas.

The Scheme is being run by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and has been endorsed by the Research Councils, in particular the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It is funded by monies made available to universities to increase the impact of their research (Impact Acceleration Accounts).

More information about both schemes is available on the UK Parliament website

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