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Academic Fellowship Scheme


Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) manages and hosts the Academic Fellowship Scheme. 

The scheme aims to:

  • give the Parliament specialised resources to let it undertake and communicate analysis, which would otherwise not be possible
  • increase the use of academic knowledge, skills and research within the Parliament
  • promote knowledge and understanding of the Parliament within the academic sector

The scheme is open to academics from all disciplines. Candidates without a PhD and post-doctoral experience will only be taken on in exceptional cases. They must show significant experience in their field. 

Visiting the Parliament 

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, fellows will most likely not work in the Parliament building. Work will be done through MS Teams or Zoom. Visiting the Parliament building may happen in 2021, subject to social distancing guidelines.

Further information 

How the scheme works and FAQs

Guidance on completing the application form

If you have any queries, please email [email protected]

Open call

We advertised 2 topics for open call in May 2020, followed by a further 4 topics in July 2020. There are currently no open calls.