The Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme

MetroPolis (the new Manchester Met research led think-tank) is offering academics the chance to apply for The Chancellor’s Fellowships – a prestigious fellowship scheme to offer placements to a small cohort of high-quality research-led academics at Manchester Metropolitan University.

If Manchester Metropolitan researchers are to influence policy, they need to understand policy making in the ‘real world’ and be highly engaged in fast-moving policy debates and have the flexibility to respond quickly. We target these placements into the offices of elected parliamentary members, policy organisations, major charities, public sector bodies and local and national government. The placements enable clear pathways to open up between research and policy impacts.

We match researchers with policy-making organisations for a period of between six weeks to six months. We can provide costs up to £9,000 per placement to cover expenses including accommodation, travel, paying for research assistant time, or purchasing equipment to enable/support the work.

The individual placements can be part of the academic’s normal duties or a fully-embedded experience. The placements are designed to enable high-level research input into policy development, but also facilitate knowledge exchange between the academic and the host organisation in terms of research methodologies, academic expertise, policy-making processes and user environment experience. The ultimate outcome for the academic will be input into big policy challenges.

We invite academics to engage with the Chancellor’s Fellowship scheme at various points in their research activity from research design, through to dissemination of research findings. Fellows are asked to nominate a chosen placement organisation that they have already established links with or are endeavouring to establish links with currently. We welcome a number of approaches and experimental models, and will support a flexible approach that takes into account individual Fellows workloads and circumstances.

To express interest or for further information, please contact Emily Goodier at e.goodier@mmu.ac.uk, with Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme in the subject line.

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