This scheme provides an opportunity for Royal Society funded University Research Fellows and Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows to undertake a secondment in a Science Policy environment.
The Policy Associates scheme is currently open to applications and will close at 3pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023.
The scheme is available to Royal Society University Research Fellows and Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows.
To apply, please log in to your Flexi-Grant account and then click on the link below.
Please refer to the scheme guidance notes for further details about the scheme. If you have any questions, please contact the Science Policy Centre.Apply for a science policy secondment on Flexi-Grant
A three month policy secondment (as a Policy Associate) on a full time basis or six to nine month policy secondment on a part-time basis within a science policy environment (e.g. central government department, devolved administration, decentralised agency or other relevant public body).
The scope of the activities during the secondment will be agreed between the Policy Associate and the relevant host organisation; however, you will have the opportunity to:
Find out about previous Policy Associates' experiences by reading the case studies available at the links on the right hand side of this page.
The 2023-24 Science Policy Secondments are scheduled to start between October 2023 and March 2024.
The secondment may wholly or partly be undertaken remotely as long as the host organisation is content with that arrangement.
The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists with disabilities and provides adjustments to ensure that they can participate fully in the selection process. If you need an adjustment when accessing the application form or for any other part of the application process, please contact the Science Policy Centre (see below for contact details). Adjustments can include, but are not limited to:
University Research Fellows and Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows applying to this scheme must have already completed the first year of their fellowship at the time of application. Those with less than 18 months left of their fellowship at the time of application are not eligible to apply. However, applications are discussed on a case-by-case basis and there might be some flexibility allowed.
Applications can only be submitted online using the Royal Society’s Grants and Awards management system (Flexi-Grant®) via the above link. If you have not previously used Flexi-Grant®, please follow the registration process from the Flexi-Grant® homepage. Paper-based applications will not be accepted.
The deadline for applications is 15:00 BST on Tuesday 18 April 2023. All applications will be reviewed by the Royal Society and a decision will be made by 7 June 2023. Applicants will be notified of the outcome shortly after this date.
The Royal Society recognises that diversity is essential for delivering excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Society wants to encourage applications from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to maximise innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of humanity. We regularly review and revise processes to help ensure that all talented applicants have an equitable chance to succeed as per the assessment criteria. This includes ensuring all panel members are briefed on unconscious bias in decision making as part of our assessment process.
For more information regarding the scheme, or for any queries, please contact Georgia Park via the Science Policy Centre.