The application deadline for this Fellowship has now passed.

PhD students: could you produce high quality analysis of bioethical issues in public policy in order to inform parliamentary debate?

PhD supervisors: would your students benefit from gaining first-hand experience of Parliament?

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is offering a PhD student from a UK university the opportunity to complete a three month fellowship funded by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The Fellow will produce a short briefing note (a ‘POSTnote’) on an area of public policy that raises bioethical issues. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of the workings of the UK Parliament, and to contribute to Parliamentary debate of topical bioethics issues. The Fellow will be based at the offices of POST at Parliament in London.

The Fellowship is open to postgraduate students registered for a PhD in a bioethics-related subject at a UK University and in their penultimate or final year of part-time or full-time study, and will starting in 2015. Bioethics issues arise in a wide range of subjects, including philosophy, bioscience, psychiatry, medicine, law, social science and theology. As long as you can demonstrate a keen interest and knowledge of bioethics, then you are eligible to apply. The Fellow will receive a three month extension to their PhD stipend at a rate equivalent to their current PhD maintenance stipend.

Interviews will be held at POST’s Westminster offices in London on 12 February 2015. The offer is conditional on obtaining Parliamentary security clearance. The successful applicant can take up the fellowship from spring 2015 onwards.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 23rd January 2015.

Download the application pack for further information.

Download the application form

Read a blog post by the 2014 Nuffield Council on Bioethics POST Fellow Clare Wenham about her experience.