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Opportunity profile: Political positioning

UKRI Policy Fellowships give researchers from multiple disciplines access to the corridors of power

Top tips

  • Don’t treat this like a regular research grant—it’s more like a job application.
  • A good application will demonstrate the relevance of the researcher’s interests to policymaking in an accessible manner.
  • Don’t go into great detail outlining a research project; demonstrating an interest in the policy area is more important.
  • The scheme is open to researchers who work outside the remit of the sponsoring councils if they show how their input would be relevant within those disciplines.

After a pilot round launched in 2021 (profiled in Funding Insight), UK Research and Innovation’s Policy Fellowships have returned with a greater scope. A greater number of government departments—and the What Works Network—have put themselves forward to host fellows, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have joined the Economic and Social Research Council, which piloted the scheme, as partners for the call.

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