Ashok Kumar Fellowship

*Applications for 2018 are now closed*

What is the Ashok Kumar Fellowship?

The Ashok Kumar Fellowship provides funding for one successful candidate each year to spend three months working at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).

The post-holder will be expected to produce a short briefing paper, contribute to a longer report or assist a select committee in a current inquiry. The topic of the work will be relevant to chemical and process engineering or the process industries

The Fellowship is jointly funded by IChemE and NEPIC.

Who was Ashok Kumar?

Ashok Kumar was the only serving chemical engineer in UK Parliament at the time of his sudden death in March 2010. An IChemE Fellow, Kumar had been the Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland since 1997, his second spell in parliament following a brief stint in 1991. Prior to his career in politics, Kumar spent 14 years working as a research scientist for British Steel at the Teesside Technology Centre in Grangetown. From that background he took with him a strong conviction of the importance of industrial R&D to the UK’s economy.

Who is the post open to?

The Fellowship is open to researchers with postgraduate qualifications (ie PhD, EngD, Masters) as well as postgraduate students in engineering or other disciplines related to the chemical and process industries. PhD or EngD candidates should be at a stage where they have completed their first year but will still be registered at the time the fellowship starts The successful applicant will (if they are still a student) receive a three month extension to their postgraduate funding or equivalent.

IChemE and NEPIC will reimburse the additional costs to the university to ensure that their stipend will continue to be paid while based at POST. The fellowship is for three months.

The start date is to be agreed between the applicant and POST. Typically, this will be from April onwards, but Parliament's summer recess (June, July and August) may be avoided. 

The post is open to all IChemE members who are eligible to work in the UK – not just those based in the UK.

Previous Ashok Kumar Fellowship briefing papers

How do I apply for the Ashok Kumar Fellowship?

Download the Ashok Kumar Fellowship Guidance >>

Download the Ashok Kumar Fellowship Application Form >>


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