ESRC Policy Fellowships 2021 now open for applications

News | Posted on Monday 19 July 2021

The ESRC Policy Fellowships launched on Thursday 8 July and include 25 fellowship opportunities across 10 host organisations including central and devolved governments.

Please do have a look through the opportunities and share as appropriate with your networks. The Public Policy and Engagement team is managing the opportunity and can be contacted at

The closing date for applications is 4pmTuesday 14 September 2021.

This first call of a new ESRC policy fellowship scheme offers an exciting opportunity to early and mid-career researcher to develop their career and enhance their understanding of applying research in government contexts. Fellowships are available to social science researchers and, for fellowship opportunities with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, also to arts and humanities researchers.

Fellowships cover a variety of topics and policy areas. These include COVID recovery, net zero, inequalities and levelling up, crime and justice, health and social care, national security and foreign policy. Some also have a specific methodological or disciplinary focus, such as evaluation and experimentation, data analysis, or behavioural science.

The 25 opportunities are:

  • Cabinet Office – on evaluation, and on national security
  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – on net zero
  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) – on net zero and on waste
  • Department for Transport (DfT) – on transport use, on connectivity and levelling up, and on decarbonisation
  • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) (co-funded with AHRC) – on geographic regions, on disinformation, on international trade law, on national security and on non-proliferation
  • Home Office – on cyber crime and on economic crime
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) – on climate change policy
  • Ministry of Justice (MoJ) – on experimentation and evaluation, and on evidence
  • The Scottish government – on health inequalities, on social care, and on equality data
  • The Welsh government – on sustainable futures, on environment and rural affairs, and on education.

Find out more about the ESRC Policy Fellowships 2021.