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The Royal Society Pairing Scheme – applications from scientists now open

The Royal Society Pairing Scheme gives UK researchers and policymakers the unique opportunity to experience each other’s worlds.

Each year we pair 30 researchers with MPs, Peers and civil servants to spend a week in Westminster. If selected, you gain an insight into how research is used to create policy and make contributions in the future. After spending time in Westminster, your partner makes a reciprocal visit to your workplace.

The scheme takes place annually, beginning with a ‘Week in Westminster’. Over the week the scientists take part in workshops, hear from invited speakers and spend two days shadowing their pair. This year’s week in Westminster will take place from Sunday 24 – Thursday 28 November 2019.

The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists across all science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines working in academia or industry. To be eligible for the scheme applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience or equivalent research experience in industry. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate good communication skills and, in particular, an ability to communicate their research to a lay audience.

Deadline for researchers: Sunday 7 April, 2019

Find out more here: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/pairing-scheme/

Call for applications: Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2014

Royal Society Pairing Scheme for Scientists, Parliamentarians and Civil Servants

This scheme helps scientists to understand political processes and decision making by shadowing either an MP, a member of the House of Lords or a Civil Servant.

Applicants should have a strong interest in science policy, a proven ability to communicate their research and at least 2 years of postdoctoral or equivalent professional research experience in industry.

For information on how to apply click here or email: public.affairs@royalsociety.org.

Applications are open from Tuesday 22 April to Friday 23 May 2014.