Policy Fellows

Every Fellowship is tailored to the Fellow's needs and interests


Policy Fellows

The CSaP Policy Fellowship is a flexible professional development programme. In the first year, Policy Fellows spend up to five days across two visits to Cambridge undertaking a tailored programme of 1:1 meetings with academic experts across a range of disciplines relevant to the Fellow’s responsibilities and identified interests. Over two years, CSaP Policy Fellows continue to benefit from support and involvement with the network’s activities.

Policy Fellows are typically senior policy professionals, including Deputy Directors and Directors from Whitehall or their peers in the devolved administrations, local government as well as international organisations, NGOs, industry and civil society organisations. At the end of two years, the most active Policy Fellows are invited to become Continuing Fellows, while others join the Alumni Network.

Around twelve new Fellows are elected each term, so that at any one time there are between 70 and 80 current Fellows. Since its launch in 2011 the programme has brought more than 500 Fellows to Cambridge and reached more than 1800 academics and other experts. The Fellowship is now recognised nationally as a leading programme for connecting research with the policy world and across government as a uniquely powerful opportunity for problem-solving, professional development, network building and access to expertise.

Benefits of the Policy Fellowship
  • Up to five days spent at the University of Cambridge across your fellowship meeting as many as 30 researchers
  • A tailored programme of 1:1 meetings with experts across all disciplines offering the opportunity to build a unique personal network of relevant contacts
  • Space to think in an intellectually challenging environment, offering fresh perspectives and the chance to step back and see the bigger picture
  • Connection to a peer group with shared interests in expertise, evidence and improved policy-making
  • Navigation of the University’s expertise and resources and a better understanding of what academia offers and how to access it
  • Access to exclusive CSaP events and the chance to convene bespoke workshops
  • Opportunity to design, propose and execute joint research projects with university researchers
  • Support to continue engagement with researchers including around emerging questions and interests
  • Opportunity to host PhD and Masters’ students on work placements or undertaking policy-relevant research projects
For more information on how to apply to become a Policy Fellow, please click here.
To see the Policy Fellows in our network, please click on the relevant links below