Scottish Justice Fellows Process Q&A 2021
Below are some FAQs on the call:
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 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
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. Yes. The criteria is that the PhD research is of direct relevance to issues of crime and justice in
Scotland, regardless of where it was undertaken.
Q. Parental/Maternity Issues: I will be having a child at a point falling within the period of funding
for this initiative. Am I eligible to apply for this scheme?
A. Expecting a child is not necessarily a bar to applying to the scheme, and we would hope to make it
possible for those in all kinds of family and caring circumstances to take part. There may be
accommodations and adjustments we can make to support participation of new parents. The main
thing would be for those applying to be in a position to meaningfully engage with the Scottish Justice
Fellows programme, which includes both producing an agreed set of outputs and an experiential
element of engaging with the other Fellows, an academic mentor, and the policy colleagues. So for
example, it might be possible to extend the deadline for outputs, but for the Fellow to attend the
end of fellowship conference and still have the opportunity of sharing their work. We are not able to
shift the Fellowship to an entirely separate time period (e.g. following a period of maternity leave
where that ends beyond the end date of the Fellowship) as an essential component of the scheme is
the experiential part of working with other Fellows.