Applications open for POST Policy Fellowship

The N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub has teamed up with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to offer two Policy Fellowships for 2021

Applications are now open for the fellowships, which will see two doctoral students spend three months working with POST in Westminster to produce a POSTnote from start to finish. This includes scoping the topic, conducting interviews with senior stakeholders from across academia, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector, then drafting, editing and finalising the document.

The fellowships are available to current doctoral students registered at one of the N8 Universities (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) working in an area of agrifood research. The two successful candidates will be required to interact with a wide range of stakeholders to better inform parliamentarians, consumers, businesses and policy-makers on one of  he following:

Managing soils for carbon and plant productivity – This POSTnote will summarise the evidence base for measures such as no till, biochar and crop diversification, including whether they maintain carbon storage and resilience to the impacts of climate change on soils and plant productivity.

Genome editing and the future of food –  This briefing will update previous gene editing POSTnotes to identify emerging trends with respect to food, feed and food supplements and provide an overview of new technologies and products in development.

By the end of their time at POST, the successful candidates will have learnt how to write for policy makers with balance, impartiality and succinctness, alongside developing a unique understanding of Westminster, forged important relationships with key stakeholders, and delved into a novel and exciting topic of research.

For more information and to apply please visit https://post.parliament.uk/n8-agrifood-fellowship-2021/. Applications must be submitted by 20 June 2021. Interviews will be online on the 5 July 2021. For enquiries please email anthonia.james@n8agrifood.ac.uk.

The 2021 Policy Fellowships follow a similar partnership between N8 AgriFood and POST in 2020, when Joe Llanos was selected as the successful candidate to take part in a three month internship with POST. Joe, then a fourth year PhD student from the University of Sheffield, worked in Westminster producing a POSTnote entitled: A resilient UK food system.

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