CAPE Fellows

Call for applications


A programme of bespoke expert meetings tailored to policy interests, further supported networking with academic researchers, and academic-policy engagement opportunities.

Policy professionals including those working in UK central government, local government and the civil society sector in the UK are invited to apply for a Policy Fellowship opportunity offered by the CAPE project (Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement).

The CAPE Fellowship is a flexible professional development programme which offers access to leading researchers across a range of disciplines at the five CAPE partner universities: the University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham and Northumbria University. The Fellowship offers the chance to pose policy questions to be matched with academic researchers able to provide input and to develop a network of academic experts.

What is involved?

The programme begins with each CAPE Fellow spending five days having 1:1 and small group meetings with academics. We anticipate that these introductory meetings will be during the first quarter of 2021.

CAPE will subsequently support Fellows to interact with academics at the 5 partner universities and beyond and build on the connections that they make, to pursue their professional policy objectives with academic input. There will also be opportunities to co-design events, host academic placements and apply for seed funding for joint projects with researchers among other elements to the CAPE project.

If you are interested in the opportunity, please complete the application form here, and inquiries can be addressed to Nicola Buckley, Associate Director, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge, at The deadline for applications is 15 January 2021 and please send your application to Applications will be assessed by an election panel.

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