Scottish Parliament Academic Fellowship Scheme

The 2019 Fellowships application process has now closed. We aim to advertise for 2020 Fellows next year. 

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.

Further Information:

How the scheme works

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any queries, please email academia@parliament.scot

Academic Fellows currently working with SPICe


Dr Suzanne Mawson from the University of Stirling is undertaking research to explore exit, acquisition and discontinuation among Scotland’s High Growth Firm (HGF) population.  The data collected will be used to prepare a SPICe Briefing, as well as to support other Parliamentary work.


Dr Eve Hepburn is Director of PolicyScribe, a policy research consultancy specialising in policy analysis and research. Eve is looking at the impact of Brexit on immigration and the implications for Scotland. 


Eve has so far published a Guest Blog – The UK Migration Advisory Committee’s response to regional variation in the immigration system and a SPICe Briefing – Immigration Policy – the Countdown to Brexit 

Dr Filippo Fontanelli from the University of Edinburgh’s Law School is working with SPICe on a two-year academic fellowship on Brexit related issues. So far he has produced two blogs on The UK’s accession to the Government Procurement Agreement of the World Trade Organisation (Blogs: Part 1 and Part 2)

Previous SPICe Research Fellows



Dr Mark Livingston is a research fellow at the Urban Big Data Centre, leading on the Housing and Neighbourhoods workstream. Mark has over 16 years’ experience of neighbourhoods research, and over the last 3 years has been examining the use of Big Data sources to fill the gaps in the understanding of the Private Rented Sector. Mark produced a SPICe Briefing with colleagues at Glasgow University Private Renting Reforms How to Evidence the Impact of Legislation.

Dr Paulina Trevena was a researcher at the University of Glasgow at the time of her Fellowship. Paulina worked with SPICe to examine whether Scotland would benefit from introducing a social integration strategy as a way of attracting and retaining migrants post-Brexit.

Professor Hugh Bochel of the University of Lincoln started his fellowship  in March 2017. Hugh’s project looked at the diversity of committee witnesses in the Scottish Parliament and he recorded his finding in the SPICe Briefing Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill

Alison MacDonald of the University of Aberdeen, started her fellowship with The Scottish Parliament in April 2017.   Alison investigated opportunities for fisheries management following the UK’s departure from the European Union. 

Alex Wright was a PhD Candidate in International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh at the time of her Fellowship. Alex’s research interests covered health policy, policy implementation, uses of evidence, and alcohol policy. Her Fellowship culminated in the SPICe Briefing What's so important about health policy implementation?

Arianna Andreangeli was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh during her Fellowship. Arianna's research interests covered EU and domestic competition law.

Dr Kirsteen Shields was based at the School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee during her Fellowship. Kirsteen worked in SPICe from September to December 2016 and produced a SPICe Briefing on Human Rights in Scotland.

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