Wellcome Trust-Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Fellowship in Medical Humanities

Application Deadline: 22 November 2014.

The Wellcome Trust-Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Fellowship in Medical Humanities scheme enables a PhD student or junior fellow funded through the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities (MH) programme to undertake a three-month fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).

The Wellcome Trust-POST Fellowship allows unique access to a parliamentary and policy-making setting, thereby facilitating the real-world application of policy relevant research in medical humanities.

It is intended to develop awareness of policy environments and processes, and to raise a medical humanities related issue among a parliamentary audience.


  • Applicants should be in the second or third-year of their PhD or in the first year of a fellowship funded by the MH Programme.
  • Wellcome Trust-POST Fellows will be required to abstain from any lobbying or party political activity, and generally uphold the principles of parliamentary service, including a commitment to confidentiality, during their time with the Office.
  • All provisionally selected candidates must sign a declaration to this effect. They must also receive security clearance from the parliamentary security authorities as a condition of finally taking up the fellowship.
  • The Wellcome Trust-POST Fellow should expect to spend as much time as possible working at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
  • The Wellcome Trust and POST are keen to encourage applicants from all over the UK.

The Fellowship:

  • The successful applicant will receive a fully funded three-month extension to their PhD or fellowship award.
  • While placements typically last three-months, they may be extended under exceptional circumstances.
  • If the successful applicant is not within reasonable daily travelling distance to POST in London, the Wellcome Trust will consider paying travel and accommodation costs up to a maximum of £2000.

Application Process:

An application should include your CV, a letter of support from your sponsor/supervisor and a summary of a proposed topic for a POST publication.

The summary should be no longer than 1000 words and should demonstrate:

  • why you think this subject would be of particular parliamentary interest;
  • how the training you have received and your research to date will enable you to carry out this work;
  • your ability to write in a style suitable for a parliamentary (rather than an academic) audience.

Applications should reach the Wellcome Trust by 22 November 2014.

Interviews will be held in December 2014.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Wellcome Trust-Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Fellowship


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