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UK Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme 2017

The UK Parliament is piloting an Academic Fellowship Scheme that will offer academic researchers at every stage of their career the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster’s walls.

The Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme is offering academics from different subject areas and at any career stage the opportunity to come and work in Parliament.

Funded by monies made available to universities to increase the impact of their research, the Scheme includes opportunities for academics to work on specific projects proposed by offices inside Parliament, as well as enabling academics to propose a project of their choosing. The Scheme 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).


The Fellowship Scheme is open to academics of all levels and experience who employed at a UK higher education institution that holds either an ESRC or EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Unsure if your university holds an IAA award?

How to apply

Academics can apply through two main routes:

1. Open call

Propose a project of your choosing. This call is now open. Please note, the deadlines for this call have recently been extended.

  • Deadline for outline applications: midnight 4 September 2017
  • Applicants will be notified about decision in principle (e.g. whether they have been shortlisted by parliamentary offices): Friday 15th September 2017
  • Deadline for shortlisted applicants to submit a detailed application: Friday 13th October 2017
  • Interviews with applicants: Week commencing 23rd October 2017

Fellowships are conditional on candidates being security cleared. This can take up to three months and will be done once successful candidates have been selected. This means that it is unlikely that fellowships will start before December 2017.

2. Directed call

This call is now closed. Please note, Fellowships are not available with Government Departments through this Scheme. Read about the successful fellows.

How to apply

  •  The UK Parliament have seven Fellows currently working within the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Read their biographies and the projects they are working on in Parliament.
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