The Academic Fellowship Scheme

Published 15/12/2020   |   Last Updated 21/12/2020   |   Reading Time minutes

The Academic Fellowship scheme enables academics at a senior (post-PhD) career level to spend time working with Senedd Research on a specific project, where this will have mutual benefit to the academic and to the Senedd.

2020 Fellowship Scheme Calls: June 2020 update

We suspended the Open and Directed Calls in March 2020 because of the ongoing concerns and disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have decided not to pursue any of the applications from the Open Call at the moment, due to the ongoing pandemic and its impact on the work of the Senedd. The priorities of Members and our ways of working have changed significantly since March.

We have set up a small number of new fellowships from the applications we received for Directed Call projects, reshaping these to reflect new circumstances. Further details of these are available.

We may launch a further call for the scheme early in 2021, depending on the situation then.

What is the Academic Fellowship Scheme?

The Fellowship scheme is open to university researchers who have a PhD and are employed at a higher education institution in Wales or elsewhere in the UK.

It is expected that Fellows will normally be funded through their own institutions, either through existing research impact funding or through an agreed allocation of their own research time. There may be scope for the Senedd to provide small amounts of match-funding in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply:

There are two routes to apply:

  • A directed call where you submit a bid to carry out research in response to a pre-identified priority project.
  • An open call where you can propose a research project of your choosing.

Decide which would prefer and send a completed application form along with a two-page CV and a sample of writing for a non-academic audience of between 500-1500 words. If you’re applying for the directed call, please specify which project you’re submitting a bid for.

Guidance Notes and Frequently Asked Questions were published to provide further information.

Directed Call Fellowship projects for 2020

  • Project outline: New Immigration System
  • Project outline: Integration
  • Project outline: State Support for Music outside of Wales 
  • Project outline: Text Analysis of the Record of Proceedings 
  • Project outline: Comparing the services offered by Parliamentary Research Services 
  • Project outline: The Welsh Research and Innovation Landscape 
  • Project outline: Assessing the effectiveness of Committee activity 
  • Project outline: Digital Healthcare 
  • Project outline: Environmental Governance and Principles post-EU exit 
  • Project outline: Welsh Freight
  • Project outline: Funding Welsh Health and Social Services
  • Project outline: Child and Young Person Suicide Prevention 
  • Project outline: Evaluation of the First Term of the Welsh Youth Parliament 
  • Project outline: Transport Orientated Development 

What are the benefits of being an academic fellow?

There a number of reasons to become an Academic Fellow:

You will have worked published with the Senedd and gain experience of writing for a different audience. It will be an opportunity to explore new aspects of a research topic and you may be invited to present your research findings.

This In Brief blog post by Dr David Dallimore of Bangor University outlines his experiences as part of the 2019 Academic Fellowship Scheme.