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​Academic Fellowship scheme

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 are still hoping to 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 will appear on the website soon.

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


Some benefits for academics of being a Fellow

  • Publications with the Senedd
  • Supports an audit trail for evidencing impact of research / knowledge exchange
  • Potential for supporting the REF impact case study submission
  • Invitations to present research findings
  • Opportunity to explore novel aspects of research topic
  • Experience of writing for a new audience
  • Building connections with the Senedd and other stakeholders

Key findings from a review of the scheme were published in a report by Dr Danielle Beswick of the University of Birmingham and Dr Marc Geddes of the University of Edinburgh in January 2020 - Research findings: academic engagement by the National Assembly for Wales, January 2020 (PDF, 677KB)

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


Who can apply?

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


How is the scheme funded?

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

Read the Guidance Notes (PDF, 253KB) and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 134KB) 

As before there are two routes to apply:

  • Directed call - submit a bid to research in response to a pre-identified priority project. Details of the proposed projects are listed below.
  • Open call - Propose a research project of your choosing

Decide whether to apply for the Open Call or the Directed Call. If applying for the Directed Call, identify the project you would like to apply for. Please see below for links to proposed projects.

Complete an Application Form (Word, 23KB) and send a copy of the completed form, along with a two-page CV and a sample of writing for a non-academic audience of between 500-1500 words (or URL to writing sample of same length), to

We would also appreciate if you would complete and send us the Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire (Word, 38KB), although this is voluntary.


Directed Call Fellowship projects for 2020



Find out more about the Fellows who are currently working with the Senedd
Find out more about the Fellows who have completed their Fellowship
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Read the Research Briefings in the IN BRIEF blog by Senedd Research


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