ESRC intends to fund a number of policy fellowships across a range of UK and devolved government hosts.
- provide research and expert advice on the host’s policy priority areas, including co-designing and delivering projects and activities
- engage in knowledge exchange (KE) activities across government and academia
- join a cohort of fellows to build longer-term networks across research and policy.
Fellowships will focus on key policy priority areas for each host, which will be set out in detail in the call. Topics are likely to relate to cross-cutting themes such as:
- levelling up and tackling inequalities
- specific policy areas like education, foreign policy and crime.
Fellowships may also have a methodological focus, for example on novel approaches to policy evaluation, evidence synthesis or analysis of new datasets.
These fellowships will offer an exciting opportunity to develop your career and enhance your understanding of applying research in government contexts.
Fellows will be uniquely positioned to build connections between the policymaking and science community. As well as generating and sharing new knowledge and insights on effective policy collaboration with the wider research community and with funders including ESRC.
Awards will last up to 18 months, funded at 80% full economic cost (FEC).
Fellowships will start with a three-month part-time inception phase to co-produce project scope and for security clearance. The main secondment phase of between six and 12 months can be undertaken full or part time (0.5 full time equivalent (FTE) minimum).
Fellowships will complete with a part-time phase of up to three months for fellow-led knowledge exchange, impact and publication activity. Location requirements will vary depending on the opportunity and will be specified in the full call.
As a successful fellow, your benefits will include:
- undertake cutting edge research, further scientific knowledge and potentially access new and novel data
- opportunity to inform decision-making on the most pressing policy problems of our time
- a better understanding of government analysis, operations, policymaking, data usage, and priority areas for research
- ability to build your network of policy and analytical professionals within government
- opportunity to join a cohort of academic researchers across government working to address complex policy questions
- potential to influence future policy-academia collaborations
- opportunity for dual publication across policy and academia, subject to clearance processes.
During your placement, you will have line management and support from the host organisation, and throughout your fellowship you will also regularly engage with and receive support from ESRC.
In addition, if you are an early career researcher you will benefit from funded mentorship support from a more senior researcher in your organisation. Fellows will also be able to access funding for additional project-specific training or mentorship identified during the inception phase.