Cabinet Office High Level Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

Call closed on 6 February 2018

NERC, in partnership with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) of the Cabinet Office, is inviting applications for a Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowship, which will address how policymakers in the resilience and national security fields can draw on NERC science to protect the people of the UK.

The fellowship offers an opportunity to work at the heart of national risk assessment and resilience policymaking, working within the National Risks team, which leads on the National Risk Assessment (NRA) and National Risk Register (NRR). The fellow's role will be to:

  • identify opportunities where environmental science can enhance national risk assessment and inform resilience and security policy challenges
  • strengthen access to and uptake of science, enabling existing and emerging scientific knowledge to be rapidly and effectively translated for policymakers
  • develop and foster sustainable connections between CCS, NERC and the wider environmental science community to inform future collaboration, investment and ensure the latest science continues to inform policymaking.

The fellow will enable CCS to take into account the latest environmental science, demonstrating the value and impact of environmental science within national risk assessment and resilience policymaking. In addition, the fellow will create sustainable links between CCS, NERC and the wider environmental science community to enable better alignment with the needs of the resilience practitioner community.

The fellowship is for a senior environmental scientist for a two-year period initially, with a possibility of extension. The fellow will spend most of their fellowship time within CCS offices in London. The fellow will be funded by NERC, at 80% full economic cost, with considerable in-kind contributions from the Cabinet Office.

An information webinar will take place at 12:00 on the 17 January 2018 to introduce the work of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat and to explain the requirements and aims of the fellowship. Please email Katie Hart at to register for the webinar.

Supporting documentation

Cabinet Office Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 83KB)


For further information please contact:

Nestor Alfonzo Santamaria
Senior Risk Policy Adviser
0207 276 6371


Ruth Hughes
Senior Programme Manager
01793 411537

For queries on NERC KE Fellow scheme:

Katie Hart
07825 342519