The Council and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) have today announced a new Fellowship to help promote informed debate of bioethics among Parliamentarians.

The Council is funding a three-month Fellowship based at POST each year for the next three years, and applications for 2014 are now open.


The Fellowship is open to PhD students studying a bioethics-related subject at a UK university who are in their penultimate or final year of part- or full-time study in 2013/2014.The Fellow will gain first-hand experience of the workings of Parliament and will be asked to produce a briefing note on an area of public policy that raises bioethical issues.

Director of the Council, Hugh Whittall, said: “The Nuffield Council has always endeavoured to provide independent and rigorous advice on complex bioethical issues and we are delighted to be collaborating with POST to further support and promote informed debate on these issues in Parliament. We are also pleased to be able to offer a unique opportunity for a PhD student to broaden their experiences and to play a key role in supporting bioethical debate within Westminster.”

Dr Pete Border of POST said “The new Nuffield/POST bioethics fellowship is a great opportunity for a bioethicist to spend three months in Parliament expanding their horizons. [They’ll] be able to see first-hand how parliament works by attending select committee meetings, all party groups and debates. And it will be interesting and (we hope) fun.”

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 6th January 2014 and the successful applicant can take up the fellowship from March 2014 onwards. Please see our job opportunities page for further information and how to apply.

Read a blog post about the Fellowship by Dr Pete Border, Biological Sciences and Health Adviser, POST.

Download the application pack from the POST website.