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About the Fellowship Programme

One of the ways that we seek to build and strengthen partnerships between researchers and policy professionals is through our Policy Fellowship Programme. This is a flexible professional development programme which offers access to leading researchers across a range of disciplines at the CAPE partner universities, to support the development of evidence-informed policy, offer innovative career development pathways, and foster collaboration between academics and policy professionals.

Current Opportunities

Call for applications: CAPE Policy Fellowship opportunity

Policy professionals including those working in UK central government, local government and the civil society sector in the UK are invited to apply for a Policy Fellowship opportunity offered by the CAPE project (Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement).

The CAPE Fellowship is a flexible professional development programme which offers access to leading researchers across a range of disciplines at the five CAPE partner universities: the University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham and Northumbria University. The Fellowship offers the chance to pose policy questions to be matched with academic researchers able to provide input and to develop a network of academic experts. 

What is involved?

The programme begins with each CAPE Fellow spending five days having 1:1 and small group meetings with academics. We anticipate that these introductory meetings will be during the first quarter of 2021. 

CAPE will subsequently support Fellows to interact with academics at the 5 partner universities and beyond and build on the connections that they make, to pursue their professional policy objectives with academic input. There will also be opportunities to co-design events, host academic placements and apply for seed funding for joint projects with researchers among other elements to the CAPE project.

If you are interested in the opportunity, please complete the application form here, and inquiries can be addressed to Nicola Buckley, Associate Director, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge, at [email protected]. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2021. Applications will be assessed by an election panel.

Call for applications: Policy Fellowship – Joint Biosecurity Centre – Local Data Spaces Programme

Applications are now open for a new policy fellowship opportunity with the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), working within the Innovation & Partnerships hub on the Local Data Spaces (LDS) programme. 

LDS is a partnership between the Economic and Social Research Council, Administrative Data Research UK, the JBC, the Office of National Statistics and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. This partnerships works to enable Local Authorities across England to access COVID-19 data by creating Local Data Spaces in the ONS Secure Research Service.

This role will see you leading on the development of a Local Data Space feasibility study aimed at understanding how academic-policy partnerships can support Local Authorities to make best use of data and data insights and supporting the development of a business case including policy recommendations for the system design of the Local Data Spaces programme at scale – i.e. across England into the economic-recovery phase of the pandemic response.  

This fellowship is open to eligible academic and research staff at CAPE partner universities. It is offered on a full-time basis, until the end of April 2021, in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal. The fellowship award may be up to £30,000 funded through CAPE. 

Applications will close on 30th November. Top ranked candidates will be invited to an informal interview with the JBC in early December before a final decision on appointment is made. For full details of the Fellowship and how to apply, please download the application pack.

Call for applications: Policy Fellowship – Scrutiny Unity, House of Commons Committee Office

Applications are now open for a policy fellowship opportunity with the UK Parliament’s Scrutiny Unit, working with the unit’s Senior Specialist to support the implementation of the Liaison Committee’s report recommendations on use of research evidence. The Scrutiny Unit forms part of the Committee Office in the House of Commons and exists to strengthen the scrutiny function of the House. It provides specialist expertise to select committees, especially (but not exclusively) on financial matters and on draft bills.

This fellowship is open to eligible academic and research staff and research students (PhD) at CAPE partner universities. It is offered on a part time basis, at 2-3 days a week (0.4 or 0.6 FTE), for a six month secondment in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal. The fellowship award may be up to £30,000, funded through CAPE. The fellowship will start as soon as possible in early 2021, subject to successful security clearance.

Applications close on Wednesday 18th November at 5pm. Top ranked candidates will be invited to an informal interview with the Scrutiny Unit in late November before a final decision on appointment is made. For full details of the Fellowship and how to apply, please download the application pack.