Scottish Justice Fellowships 2018-19: Information and Q&A


SCCJR is excited to launch this initiative in partnership with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR). This page provides further information and will be the location where Q&A is posted.


PhD research has the potential to inform and improve policy and practice, and the Scottish Justice Fellows scheme seeks to offer a new route of realising this in the area of crime and justice. It aims also to offer critical support to recent PhDs in the period following completion of a PhD.


Any person at any Scottish University, completing or about to complete a PhD on a relevant topic (in any discipline that addresses an issue of interest/concern to those in crime or justice policy or practice) is eligible (see call for Applications). There is no requirement that the PhD was completed at an SCCJR or SIPR university, or supervised by one of its academic members. Topics may relate to Scotland, comparative or international scales, but must be of interest/relevance to the Scottish justice context.


Successful fellows will be matched with an academic mentor (who cannot be a former supervisor) and host institution from one of the SCCJR or SIPR member universities. The fellowship can be worked over any period between October 2018 and March 2019, and on a full- or part-time basis. The Fellows will be expected to engage, regardless of when they actually develop policy outputs, with the community of other Fellows and academic and policy mentors. This includes: participation in a session with policymakers (likely in Edinburgh); a writing retreat to develop skills in communicating to non-academic audiences; participation in an end of award conference presenting the Fellows’ work which will be attended by members of academic, policy and practice communities; and willingness to join in one or two social events organised for Fellows.

All Fellows, in addition to other outputs they choose to develop, will be asked to prepare one short written piece of between 3,000-5,000 words maximum offering a summary and policy/practice highlights of their PhD, which will form the series published on the SCCJR website.

Q&A (Replies to all questions received as of 13 August)

Q. I worked in policy and so I do have some experience of working for and with Government. I would like to check given my experience if I am suitable to apply or whether the fellowships are intended for those with less experience of dissemination?

A. The Fellowships are intended to create opportunities for relevant research to be developed into forms that can most effectively be accessed by those in policy or practice. There is no particular advantage for those with more or less experience working with or writing for policy makers.

Q. I wanted to check about the level of commitment required. I understand this can be undertaken on a part-time or full-time basis, please can you clarify what the expectations would be for taking this on part-time? For example, number of hours per week?

A. There is no specific expectation of hours per week. Fellows will be matched with an academic mentor and there is an expectation that they will make time to meet with this mentor to assist development of dissemination. In addition, Fellows will be expected to make space, given due notice, in their diaries for the policymaker session and the writing workshop (dates TBD) to support preparation of outputs, and to attend the end of Fellowship conference to present their work sometime in March or April. We are generally hoping the Fellows will also have some interaction with each other and form a supportive community. So while part-time working is perfectly acceptable, we would hope Fellows would welcome some interaction with other Fellows and the partners involved in this initiative.

Q. Can I apply even though I did not attend a Scottish University for my PhD. I have lived in Scotland for many years, did my Masters at a Scottish university on a topic within Scottish criminal justice, and currently work/volunteer with a voluntary sector organisation directly engaged in crime and justice issues in Scotland, and can see how my doctoral research could inform this. My PhD is from an English University.

A. We are sorry to say that in this inaugural year of the scheme we are limiting applications to those graduating from Scottish Universities. There had been some consideration of opening up applications to any university, within and beyond the UK, but as this is the first time we are running the scheme, thought it would be important to start small and if successful grow from there. If the scheme runs in future years, we will be thinking about this kind of situation as an opportunity to expand eligibility.

Q. I was wondering if the £3000.00 can be used to cover FEC within my institution as I am now a full time staff member?

A. The Fellowship scheme is open to those who are in full-time academic posts. However, we are not yet sure how the logistics of this would best be arranged to accommodate this status. It is possible it could be supplied as FEC, or it may need to be processed in another form (as a consultancy payment, for example). This will depend on the rules of the academic institutions involved, and would be discussed and negotiated at the point of success in winning a Fellowship.


Applications should be submitted by Friday 14th September 2018 (12 noon) to: 

Queries (with answers published here) should be directed to