Learn about the policymaking process with Engaging with Government

Engaging with Government is an annual three-day course run by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Institute for Government. Its aim is to help researchers understand the policymaking process and apply it to their research.

It also aims to build links between policymakers and new arts and humanities research.


You will need to meet both of these requirements:

  • you are an arts and humanities researcher (at any postdoctoral career stage)
  • you are based at a UK higher education institution or a recognised independent research organisation

Find out more about eligibility in the Engaging with Government call for applications.

How to apply

Entry to the programme is competitive and an application is required.

You do not need policy experience to be eligible to apply, but you need to indicate why you are interested in policymaking.

Applicants also need an understanding of what the programme can help them achieve and to articulate this in the application.

The most recent course was held at the Institute for Government Offices in London from 27 to 29 February 2024. Future dates will be announced in August 2024.

Costs of the course, accommodation, travel, and subsistence are paid according to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) standard terms and conditions.

Find out more about Engaging with Government 2023.

Insights from Engaging with Government

Read a guide for academics on policymaking and lessons from Engaging with Government, from the Institute for Government.

Last updated: 4 June 2024

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