Scottish Parliament Academic Fellowship Scheme

The purpose of the Scottish Parliament is to hold the Scottish Government to account, scrutinise legislation and represent the people of Scotland by debating issues of national importance.

The Academic Fellowship Scheme, which is managed and hosted by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), enables academics to work on projects with the Parliament in support of this purpose.

The scheme aims to:

  1. provide the Parliament with specialised resources which allow it to undertake and communicate analysis which would otherwise not be possible
  2. increase the use of academic knowledge, skills and research within the Parliament
  3. promote knowledge and understanding of the Parliament within the academic sector

Please note: we intend to advertise for the next round of Fellows in late Spring 2019. 

Find out more about the scheme here

We have provided answers to some frequently asked questions

If you have any queries, please email

Previous SPICe Research Fellows

Dr Paulina Trevena

Paulina is a researcher at the University of Glasgow where she is currently working on the Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS) project.

Paulina’s project with the SPICe examined whether Scotland would benefit from introducing a social integration strategy as a way of attracting and retaining migrants post-Brexit.

Professor Hugh Bochel

Professor Hugh Bochel, of the University of Lincoln started his fellowship with the Scottish Parliament in March 2017. Hugh’s project will be looking at the diversity of committee witnesses in the Scottish Parliament. This project reflects the Parliament’s desire to examine the effectiveness of its committees in achieving a diversity of witnesses giving oral evidence, with an initial focus on gender diversity and consideration of the promotion of equal opportunities for all.

Alison MacDonald

Alison MacDonald of the School of Law, University of Aberdeen, started her fellowship with The Scottish Parliament in April 2017.  Alison’s main research interest is marine law and marine spatial planning. Alison investigated opportunities for fisheries management following the UK’s departure from the European Union. 

Alex Wright

Alex Wright is a PhD Candidate in International Public Health Policy, in the Department of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh. 

Alex’s research interests are in health policy, policy implementation, uses of evidence, and alcohol policy. She has a particular interest in understanding how national health policies are implemented at local level. Her PhD research is focused on the process of alcohol policy implementation in Scotland, and how evidence is used in this process.

Arianna Andreangeli

Arianna Andreangeli is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Arianna's research interests lie in the area of EU and domestic competition law, both substantive and procedural. 

Dr Kirsteen Shields

Kirsteen (School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee) worked in SPICe from September to December 2016 and produced a SPICe briefing paper on human rights


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