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CAPE Policy Fellowships Contracts Guidance Note

A guide to support setting up contracts between universities and policy organisations for policy fellowships.

Policy Fellowships – placing university research and research services staff into policy organisations – is a fast-growing area of academic policy engagement activity. Our experience at CAPE has shown that establishing a process for Policy Fellows and finalising contracts can be time and resource intensive. This is because they have tended to require bespoke contracts that reflect the circumstances of each fellowship as well as the requirements of the university, host policy organisation and any third-party funder in relation to the fellowship.

Our Contracts Guidance Note is designed to be used as a reference tool for university staff seeking to create fellowships. It includes:

  • common contract negotiation points
  • clarification of terminology
  • a suggested process timeline.