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Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowships programme are designed to provide MPs, MEPs, peers and senior parliamentary staff with a unique insight into business and industry.

Fellowships are open to all parliamentarians on a cross-party basis, and also open to senior House Staff. Fellows have the opportunity to work with one or more organisations – from multinational corporations and FTSE100 companies to social enterprises and government agencies. Most Fellowships consist of 15 days of placements over an 18 to 24 month period.

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Single Company Fellowships

David Davies MP

A full 15 day Fellowship within one organisation with the aim of gaining shop-floor to board room understanding of the business.

Providing Parliamentarians An Insight into Business and Industry

The ethos of all IPT programmes is educational, non-partisan and non-lobbying. Fellowships are intended to provide parliamentarians with a unique insight into the wider issues facing business and the British economy. Each programme is bespoke, tailored to an individual’s specific interests, and designed to fit in with parliamentary commitments.

The IPT has organised more than 500 Fellowships since it was founded in 1977, and the hundreds of Fellows currently in Parliament include Ministers, Select-Committee Chairs, Privy Councillors and other senior members. 

Sector Based Fellowships

Nicky Morgan MP

Bespoke programmes designed to develop an understanding of a specific issue or sector with several types of different organisations.

Recent Fellowship Blogs

July Fellowship Update

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Goodbye... And thank you!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

April Fellowship Blog

Thursday, May 04, 2017

March Fellowship Blog

Friday, March 31, 2017

Industry Visits

Group visits

Industry Visits are designed to take cross-party groups of parliamentarians out of Westminster and to give them a first-hand insight into innovative UK businesses.

The IPT Fellowships Team

For more information on the Fellowship programme please contact a member of the Fellowship team:

Elizabeth Dawson

Parliamentary Affairs Manager

0207 839 9405


Alex Reeves

Parliamentary Affairs Officer

0207 839 9412


Radhika Madlani

Parliamentary Affairs Officer

0207 839 9404


Get Involved

Fellowships are designed based on the individual parliamentarian's specific learning objectives. Fellowship placements are organised on this basis and we are happy to talk to any organisation about getting involved with the work of the IPT.  In the first instance, please contact a member of the Fellowship team for more information.

What Fellows Say

Nicky Morgan MP

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

"It is really important for Members of Parliament, regardless of what they did before they were elected, to understand and listen to the needs of industry in all its many guises.  The IPT and the businesses I am visiting worked very hard to design the best programme for me and they listened to my requests and interests. The IPT is a vital bridge between Westminster and the industrial world outside.”

Ian Mearns MP
Ian Mearns MP

"The IPT Fellowship programme is a superb opportunity to acquire a greater understanding of industry through direct experience. It has helped me to develop a two-way dialogue that I believe can only improve the quality and effectiveness of future legislation."

John Whittingdale OBE MP
Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP

“The Fellowship provided a unique opportunity to obtain a detailed understanding of the company and the sector in which it operated”

Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG
Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG

“I resented every demand on my hopelessly congested schedule but I felt enormously enriched after every visit I made. Having come from industry (on the trade union side) I thought I knew what it was about. The IPT Fellowship told me I had much to learn and gave me a hugely valuable insight into what makes our manufacturing sector tick. A great experience”