The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) has announced an Academic Fellowship Scheme, giving researchers from PhD to professor the opportunity to take part in projects of direct relevance to Parliament within the walls of Westminster.
The projects are available to academics from diverse disciplines, while the research to be undertaken can either be proposed by the academic or can be chosen from a selection put forward by an office in Parliament, of which six are currently available. The projects range from research into the machinations of Westminster and its staff to providing support and advice to committees on climate change or health.
The scheme has been endorsed by RCUK (particularly the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)) but will be funded by monies made available to universities to increase the impact of their research; impact is expected to be realised through those who work in Parliament and actively engage with research on a day to day basis, from MPs and Peers to advisors.
The deadline for applications to one of the existing projects is 16th February 2017. The call for applications for individual project proposals from academics will launch in May 2017.
More information about this Scheme, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Detailed Guidance Notes are available on the POST website.