Evaluating Parliamentary Academic Fellows

Prabhakar, Rajiv (2024). Evaluating Parliamentary Academic Fellows. Parliamentary Affairs (early access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsae007


Parliamentary Academic Fellowship (PAF) schemes have been introduced to boost knowledge exchange between legislatures and the academy. Evaluations of these schemes are rare. This article evaluates the UK Parliament’s PAF scheme based on interviews with former PAFs, Parliamentary hosts and the Knowledge Exchange Unit. I find that PAFs and hosts want different things from the scheme. This is part of a wider issue of the differing incentives that academics and Parliamentary staff face in conducting knowledge exchange. Bringing academics and Parliamentary staff closer together means adapting the PAF scheme and exploring other forms of engagement beyond a formal fellowship scheme.

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