UCL Public Policy


UCL Policy Fellows

The UCL Policy Fellows programme provides UCL researchers with the opportunity to work directly with policy professionals whilst embedded within a policy environment.

Current opportunities

Other opportunities - managed directly by policy organisations

Current opportunities

Camden Council - Strategy and Change

UCL is pleased to be working with Camden Council to offer this opportunity to experience working within local government in the home borough of UCL. Camden Council is looking for an enthusiastic and engaged researcher to support the Strategy and Change function. The policy fellow will work on a range of short-term projects in the strategic priority areas of reducing social isolation, improving health outcomes, increasing community participation and the pilot of our new neighbourhood approach to the delivery of health and care services. 


For more information or to have an informal discussion about the above opportunities please contact Helen Tsui (helen.tsui@ucl.ac.uk).

Other opportunities - managed directly by policy organisations

POST Fellowship with the British Psychological Society

Secondment opportunity for a postgraduate psychologist to the British Psychological Society and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is now available. All postgraduate students registered for a doctoral degree in a psychology-related subject e.g. PhD/MPhil or taught practitioner doctorates (DClinPsy etc) at a UK HE institution. Applicants must be in their penultimate or final year of part or full-time study at the time of the start of their placement at POST. Applicants must be a member of the British Psychological Society (at least a Graduate Member). Closing date: 30 August 2019

Click here for more details and how to appy (external web site)

Note: This fellowship is being coordinated by the British Psychological Society, not UCL Public Policy. For all queries, please contact carl.bourton@bps.org.uk for full details of the scheme or an application form.


About the programme

The UCL Policy Fellows programme aims to:

  • Facilitate engagement between academics and policymakers by:
    • improving the exchange of information (of the latest research and of policy priorities)
    • developing networks between academics and policymakers
    • contributing UCL academic expertise to policy-relevant activity.
  • Enhance mutual understanding of academic research, the development of policy, and the workings of Government.
  • Assist in the development of a culture in which policy implications and influence are considered throughout the research process, and engagement with policy by researchers is encouraged, facilitated and rewarded.
  • Enable the contribution of academic expertise to specific policy activities in the host organisation.

How it works

Placements are offered on a flexible (often part-time) basis, generally for 3-6 months in the first instance (with the possibility of extension), to suit the circumstances of both researchers and host departments. Placements are offered based on matching general expertise, skills and interests to policy needs, rather than necessarily directly matching a specific project. UCL Public Policy provides support to identify placement opportunities, manage the administration of the placement, and identify funding where necessary.


The UCL Policy Fellows programme is funded through an internal grant scheme held by UCL Innovation and Enterprise. Following the confirmation of a placement, candidates must apply for funding through either the Higher Education Innovation Fund (maximum award £15,000) or the UCL EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (maximum award £30,000, additional conditions apply). Funding covers the cost of staff salary (including oncosts but not overheads) for the duration of the placement and will be awarded to the candidates UCL department. Funding is not available for expenses associated with the delivery of the project placement which will be met by the government host department. For more information about placement funding please contact Helen Tsui (helen.tsui@ucl.ac.uk).

Benefits for researchers

Placements enable researchers to work closely with policy professionals and gain direct experience of the process of policy development. As well as developing policy knowledge and the ability to translate research expertise, placements help to develop transferable skills that are useful beyond academia, such as networking, stakeholder engagement, project management, public speaking and negotiating

Benefits for host organisations

Host organisations benefit from the particular skills and expertise of the researcher in helping to inform and shape policy development and have access to some of the latest academic thinking in the relevant area, as well as the researcher’s broader academic networks. Placements also help to develop individual and institutional relationships between academics and policymakers and provide mutual points of contact.

For more information or to have an informal discussion about the programme please contact Helen Tsui (helen.tsui@ucl.ac.uk).