Royal Society of Chemistry Fellowship 2022/2023

About the scheme

POST and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) are offering a three-month fellowship to members of the RSC who are undertaking or have recently completed their PhD study (“recently completed” applies to people whose PhD funding ended within the six months prior to the application deadline). There are two funded fellowships available.

Successful applicants will be based in UK Parliament, supporting its use of research evidence. Most fellows assist POST in providing briefing material for parliamentarians on emerging science topics. Work may include:

  • Producing a POSTnote or POSTbrief (briefing documents to help inform the work of MPs and Peers) or contributing to a longer briefing report.
  • Assisting a select committee in an ongoing inquiry.
  • Organising a seminar to inform or disseminate research.

PhD Fellows are encouraged to interact closely with people and activities in the two Houses of Parliament, including Select committees, MPs and Peers, their support services, ‘All-Party Parliamentary Group’ meetings and the very wide range of other activities at the Palace of Westminster.

The fellowship can be carried out full-time for three months or part-time over a longer period. Successful applicants will be expected to start their fellowship between September 2022 and May 2023. The exact start date is to be agreed between the applicant, POST, and the applicant’s supervisor.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Westminster Fellowship scheme is open to members of the RSC who are undertaking or have recently completed their PhD study. “Recently completed” applies to people whose PhD funding ended within the six months prior to the application deadline (if your funding ended before 12 December 2021, you are not eligible for this fellowship). The full person specification can be found in the application pack.

If not already a member of the RSC, you can apply to join prior to submitting your Fellowship application.

Please note: you will need to submit your application for RSC membership by 8 June 2022 at the latest in order to receive your membership number in time to apply for the Fellowship by the 8 June deadline. Soon after applying to RSC membership, candidates will receive a 6-digit membership number in the email confirming the application has been received: even if membership is not formally approved, this number will be sufficient for application to the Westminster Fellowship.

Successful candidates will be required to complete pre-employment checks. This includes security vetting to Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level. All successful candidates are required to pass these checks before an offer can be confirmed.

For more information and to apply, please visit the POST website.