Fellowship placement opportunities
Fellowship policy placements are organised by NERC in collaboration with a policy-making body, for example a government department, devolved administration or agency. The applicant applies for the position, which will be for a fixed term and on a specified topic. The placement is jointly funded by NERC and the partner organisation on a 50:50 basis, with the exception of NGOs, who are asked to provide 25% of the funding.
Normally the fellowship will be taken up by those in early to mid-career, that is, those researchers having been involved in research for 5-10 years after completing their PhD, or policy makers with at least 2 years experience. In exceptional circumstances, we may appoint a more experienced applicant.
Sabbatical arrangements available to the applicant will not count towards the fellowship period, but could add value to it, before or after.
The minimum period for a fellowship will be three months and the maximum a year. Some flexibility may be negotiated on the proportion of time devoted to the award. Shorter awards are expected to be full-time.
Placement fellows will normally be expected to spend at least 50 per cent of the placement in the partner organisation's offices, although some work might require time to be spent at other locations in the UK or abroad.
Conditions of work
All placement fellows must adhere to their employer's and the host organisation's requirements of independence from political or commercial interest through the placement. Fellows will need to give undertakings to respect a confidentiality agreement, specifying that data on policy advice and internal debate will not be disclosed without prior written agreement of the partner organisation.
During the placement, the fellow will remain employed by her/his institution. All agreed costs for the fellows will be shared equally by NERC and the partner organisation.
Management and supervision
The partner organisation will nominate a supervisor to whom the fellow will report. NERC will nominate a contact person (within the Knowledge Exchange (KE) group at Swindon) who should be actively informed about the progress of the placement.
NERC/Defra Joint Water Evidence Group Evidence Review fellowship
NERC and Defra have an opportunity for a policy placement secondment to work in direct support of the Joint Water Evidence Group (JWEG) on the development of their Evidence Review (ER) methodology, guidance and implementation of a number of ERs. Applications are invited from post-doc researchers in the early stages of their career. The secondment will be up to one year on a part-time basis (80% FTE) with the possibility to extend by a further 12 months subject to review.
This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience of working at the heart of a government department in a fast paced environment, to develop an innovative methodological approach designed to influence the policy process and to gain a greater understanding of the science-policy interface in the land-water Defra policy areas. All applications to this joint call are to be submitted to NERC.
Closing date: 16:00 on 1 October 2013Defra Joint Water Evidence Group Evidence Review fellowship (158KB)
Defra Joint Water Evidence Group Evidence Review fellowship
Posted 30 August 2013
Applications should be made through Je-S.
Guidance notesGuidance on Submitting Policy Placement Applications (50KB)
Guidance on Submitting Policy Placement Applications
Updated 12 July 2013
Award detailsNERC policy placement fellowships - current and past awards (281KB)
Policy placement fellowships - current and past awards
Updated November 2012
Report templatesNERC policy placement fellowships - interim report form (41KB)
Policy placement fellowships - interim report form
Posted 11 July 2012
Policy placement fellowships - final report form
Posted 4 April 2012
For further details please contact Lynne Porter.