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Our 2018 Sydney Policy Lab fellows

Become a Community Fellow

Connect with us to help lead positive change
Our community fellowships embed people committed to driving social change in the University. Working with us, Fellows can build new relationships, spark new ideas and transform policy approaches. Fellows complete a project of either three months (full time) or six months (part time).

Sydney Policy Lab community fellowships are open to people whose work influences policy change – directly or indirectly. If your job involves trying to understand and address local or global policy challenges and you can influence how they are approached, then we welcome and encourage your application.

As a rough guide, applicants will have been working in policy-related fields for at least five years, such as service delivery, program design or evaluation, or advocacy. We welcome people working in all fields, from science to social work, health systems, wellbeing, housing, education, engineering and technology, economic development, built environment and design, trade and development, human rights and more.

Successful applicants will be embedded with people in the University for three months full time or six months part time, and complete a project of their choice. You will need to negotiate a secondment or work release from your workplace or sponsoring organisation and must be available to attend the University for this period.

What will the Community Fellows program include?

Fellows will:

  • be assigned a mentor from within the University in a field relevant to their project
  • have access to University resources, including library facilities and training programs
  • work alongside Sydney Policy Lab Fellows and University staff
  • audit select University classes
  • participate in conferences, masterclasses and networking events
  • be part of an alumni network – from different sectors and fields of expertise – dedicated to improving lives through better policy development and implementation
  • deliver a public talk open to University staff, students and practitioners from the policy community
  • produce a short book or report about their research project, written in a way that is accessible to others.


The Sydney Policy Lab is committed to gender balance and diversity, including participation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from ethnically and linguistically diverse communities. We strongly encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to apply.

Application guidelines

Your application should include the following documentation:

  • Completed application form – including your aim or reason for applying and a short 500-word project proposal
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of support from your organisation – a letter from an appropriate approval authority in your organisation confirming a secondment/time-release agreement.

How do you get started?

Please email to register your interest and we will send you more information once applications are open. If you have any questions, please email us.