Pairing scheme

The 2024 Pairing Scheme took place from 17-21 March 2024. Applications for 2025 will open in September 2024.

This scheme gives policymakers and research scientists an opportunity to experience each other’s worlds.

Each year 30 research scientists are paired with UK parliamentarians and civil servants. They learn about each other’s work by spending time together in Westminster and the researcher’s institutions.

Those taking part gain an insight into how research findings can help inform policy making, and come away with a better understanding of how they can get involved. 

How does the scheme work?

Next year’s Pairing Scheme will be held over a week in March 2025 (dates to be confirmed). The ‘Week in Westminster’ will see the scientists hearing from invited speakers, taking part in events and  workshops, as well as spending time ‘shadowing’ their pair. The MP, Peer or Civil Servant will then be invited to a reciprocal visit at the scientist’s home institution to learn more about their work in person.

Find out more about our 2023 cohort: