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?

Policy Fellowships is a new CPD programme for policymakers across the UK.

Each year the Academy selects exceptional policymakers to become Policy Fellows. This intensive development programme builds stronger connections between policymakers and the technical community in support of better evidence-based policymaking.

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 

  • Identify blind spots and make rapid progress through your policy challenge
  • Test different approaches to problem solving
  • Source new insights to support your evidence base 
  • Share and apply learning with your team and organisation 

 

Networking 

  • Expand your personal network with our community of innovators and leaders 
  • Engage with and influence the work of the Academy and its partners 
  • Build contacts 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 or public servants with responsibility for policy design in any sector.

The Academy is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we welcome applications from across the policy community, from a range of backgrounds for example: economics, politics, sociology, planning, science or engineering.

 

How do I apply?

Please 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, which typically run 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. Typical cohorts will have 5-12 Policy Fellows.

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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 participants 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?

NOTE: In light of COVID-19, we have adapted this programme so it can be delivered online, without compromising on the quality of engineering  input and expertise.

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 & social: An interactive online seminar, where you can share your policy challenges, meet your peers and explore how to apply systems approaches to policy
  • One-to-one meetings:  Connect with up to twelve leaders in engineering, through a series of tailored one-to-one video calls, which have been matched to your policy challenge
  • Engineering policy panel:  An online event to explore how engineering thinking and expertise can be applied to policymaking, with guest speakers and alumni
  • Reporting workshop:  Share your learning experiences with peers through an interactive online seminar
  • Knowledge sharing: Publish your insights and share your experiences and reflections e.g. via a blog post

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What is the alumni network?

Alumni from the programme access the following benefits:

  • Mentoring:  Strengthen your links with the engineering community through a unique mentoring opportunity with world leading engineers 
  • Academy Events: Regular access to a mixed programme of online and onsite activities, including engineering policy breakfasts, deep-dives into systems approaches, workshops and roundtables
  • Engineering policy work:  Influence and shape live policy work undertaken by the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC)
  • Academy networks:  Expand your professional networks, and strengthen your evidence base, with special access to Academy’s network of leaders and a selection of exclusive events
  • Alumni network:  Join with peers to nurture and grow a talented alumni network to foster stronger links between government and engineering

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What is the cost of the programme?

The programme fee is currently set at £2,200 per Policy Fellow. The fee will be reviewed in September 2020.

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