What are Policy Fellowships?

Who should apply?

How do I apply?

When should I apply?

What is the size of each cohort of Policy Fellows?

How are Policy Fellows selected?

Can I re-apply?

What do we mean by a complex policy problem or technical challenge?

What is the core programme?

What is the alumni network?

What is the cost of the programme?


What are Policy Fellowships?

Each year, a small number of exceptional policymakers are selected to be made Policy Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Policymakers confront increasingly complex and connected challenges, often with a strong technical element. The Policy Fellowships programme equips policymakers to meet those challenges in three ways: 

 

Better policy 

  • Make rapid progress through your policy challenge 
  • Test approaches to problem solving 
  • Source new insights to support your evidence base 
  • Bring expertise back to your team and organisation 

 

Networking 

  • Expand your personal network to our community of innovators and leaders 
  • Engage with and influence the work of the Academy and its partners 
  • Build contacts in the alumni network to support your future public policy challenges 

 

CPD 

  • Learn how engineers solve problems and use techniques such as systems thinking  
  • Learn how to access useful advice and support from the technical community 
  • Experience coaching and advice to rapidly develop your knowledge and skills 

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Who should apply?

Successful Policy Fellows are senior civil servants with responsibility for policy design in any sector. Your background could be economics, politics, sociology, planning, sciences or engineering. The Academy is committed to diversity and inclusion, and welcome applications from across the policy community.

 

How do I apply?

For more information about the programme and application process, and obtain an application pack, please visit see the How to apply page, or email policyfellowships@raeng.org.uk.

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When should I apply?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and selected Policy Fellows will join the next available cohort, typically in January, May and September.

We recommend early applications as we confirm applicants on a rolling basis and a cohort may be full before the deadline.

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What is the size of each cohort of Policy Fellows?

Each cohort has a limited number of seats to ensure the highest quality of the experience.

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How are Policy Fellows selected?

Policy Fellows are selected as part of a competitive process on the strength of their application. Successful Policy Fellows have: 

  • A well-defined complex policy problem or technical challenge 
  • Clear expectations for the programme and plans for how they intend to use their learning within their organisation 
  • A commitment to play an active role as a Policy Fellow and alumni of the programme 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and selected Policy Fellows will join the next available cohort, typically in January, May and September. 

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Can I re-apply?

Yes, there is no restriction for unsuccessful applicants.

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What do we mean by a complex policy problem or technical challenge?

The policy fellowships programme focuses on policy questions that participant are interested in. The selection of topics below are illustrations of the kinds of policy questions that Policy Fellows might wish to discuss:

  • What factors influence the private sector’s ability and willingness to invest in innovation, commercialisation and growing new markets?
  • How can the UK drive productivity in sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture and construction?
  • How does government ensure that regulatory approaches can accommodate future trends in new technologies, work demographics, threats and health hazards?
  • How can policy ensure safety and ethics are embedded in the deployment of automation, AI and machine learning?
  • How can we ensure that infrastructure decision-making, design and delivery is fit for the demands of the future?
  • How can society take a systems approach to addressing air quality within UK cities?

You may break a challenge into several related questions or provide a narrative to frame one key question.

There will be further opportunity to refine the policy question or challenge during the onboarding process.

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What is the core programme?

Over the course of four months, Policy Fellows engage in an intensive programme including:

  • Induction: A phone call with the programme team to refine your chosen policy challenge, followed by a written confirmation of your one-year programme and logistics 
  • Kick-off workshop: An interactive seminar with programme peers, to introduce the programme, explore policy challenges and understand engineering approaches to policy  
  • One-to-one meetings: A series of tailored one-to-one meetings with up to twelve relevant leaders in engineering. Each day will include up to five meetings with periods for reflection 
  • Reporting workshop: An interactive seminar, to discuss learning experience and present back to peers   

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What is the alumni network?

Alumni from the programme access the following benefits:

  • Mentoring: Explore mentoring opportunities with leading engineers  
  • Events: Attend engineering policy breakfasts, deep-dives into systems approaches, workshops and roundtables  
  • Knowledge sharing: Publish your reflections, e.g. a blog post, to highlight your experiences and share learning 
  • Engineering policy work: Get involved in live policy work undertaken by the National Engineering Policy Centre 
  • Academy networks: Continued access to Academy’s network of leaders and a selection of exclusive events 
  • Alumni network: Join peers drawn from previous cohorts to form part of a growing network and become the link between government and engineering communities  

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What is the cost of the programme?

The programme fee is currently set at £3,400. The fee is fixed until May 2020 and will be reviewed in June 2020.

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