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Education policy fellowship

The Department for Education is launching a fellowship for candidates who can contribute to the future of education and children’s services.

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The current recruitment round for the Fellowship has now closed.

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The DfE is working on an exciting reform programme and we want the best people to help us achieve it. We are establishing a Department for Education fellowship to widen our pool of people who contribute to making and delivering government policy.

We are looking for exceptional individuals who are interested in a secondment opportunity at the heart of the department. Fellows will use their experience to support high-quality policymaking in the department, providing hands-on advice to policy teams, and working closely with ministers.

We would like to hear from you if you can offer:

  • strong analytical skills and experience applying them to complex social challenges
  • an innovative approach to policy development or service delivery
  • practical experience of reforming education or children’s services in the UK or abroad
  • a successful track record of leading organisational reform and engaging staff – in any sector


We have a range of roles suitable for where you are in your career. Your time as a fellow could range from spending a day a week in the department for 3 or 6 months to help us become a more data-driven organisation, through to a full-time secondment of up to 18 months to support us to maximise the impact of our resources on the front line.


If you would like to discuss this post further or if you have any specific questions, please forward your contact details and your availability to the DfE business support team. We will then contact you.

How to apply

To apply to become a fellow please download the Education policy fellowship applicant pack (MS Word Document, 133KB) .

Published 24 October 2013