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October 2023 update: The deadline for nominations for 2024 Fellows has now passed. Successful appointments will be confirmed in December 2023, with the Fellowship commencing in January 2024.

We are looking for outstanding individuals with an extensive track record of public service and a commitment to the mission of the GO Lab. The Fellowship offers experienced professionals from outside academia the chance to shape our work so that it remains responsive and relevant to policymakers and practitioners the world over. It is also a unique opportunity to become part of our intellectual community at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. Fellowships are awarded for one year, and each Visiting Fellow of Practice contributes to our work in many different ways, depending on their areas of expertise and interest.

We value diversity and inclusion and are looking to appoint a diverse group of individuals to serve as Visiting Fellows of Practice. We encourage applications from individuals representing a range of backgrounds spanning ethnic, cultural, geographical, and income differences.

Whether you work at the grassroots, local government, or for a large multilateral organisation, we'd love to hear from you if you want to use your expertise, knowledge and networks to help advance the mission of the GO Lab to enable governments around the world to foster more effective cross-sector partnerships to improve the life outcomes of those most vulnerable in society.

If you would like to nominate someone to become a Fellow, please ask them to complete the nomination form and send their CV to You can also self-nominate, using the same form. The deadline for nominations is 12pm BST on Tuesday 19th September 2023. Successful appointments will be confirmed in December 2023, with the Fellowship commencing in January 2024.

Over the past seven years we have worked with a hugely diverse and inspiring group of individuals through the Fellowship programme. From participating in our engagement activities and helping develop knowledge resources, to providing insights to feed into our research and co-authoring pieces, they have all made invaluable contributions to our work. You can find out more about current and past GO Lab Visiting Fellows of Practice here.

Every year the Government Outcomes Lab appoints a small number of leading experts from across the public, private and voluntary sectors as GO Lab Fellows of Practice. This is a pro-bono position, usually offered for one year. The Fellows offer their practical expertise and knowledge and help to further the mission of the GO Lab. 

The GO Lab Visiting Fellows of Practice contribute flexibly to our work in many different ways, including: 

  • Sharing intelligence, news, and updates from their work, and their sector more broadly 
  • Providing input into our research and analytical work 
  • Authoring and reviewing written pieces for the GO Lab Digital Knowledge Hub 
  • Speaking at our events and online convenings 
  • Sharing learning to strengthen the global community of practitioners 
  • Disseminating GO Lab research findings and knowledge resources within their own networking 
  • Helping GO Lab reach new audiences and establish new partnerships 

Individual contributions are agreed with each Fellow prior to the start of the Fellowship, and are subject to review and amendments throughout the year, to ensure continued alignment with and relevance to GO Lab priorities. 

There are four core selection criteria for the Fellowship: 

Alignment with GO Lab mission and values, and clear scope for concrete contributions around at least one specific area of work (across our research and/or capacity-building work);

Expertise. We seek experienced professionals with extensive and in-depth expertise on areas that are relevant to current GO Lab strands of work  

Skills. The Fellows are thoughtful and critical thinkers, who demonstrate intellectual curiosity about our core areas of research and have the ability to contribute effectively to our capacity building work (e.g. speaking at events, contributing to knowledge resources) 

Opinion leadership. We look for individuals recognised as leading experts within their respective fields or areas of work, and are influential among their peers or within their professional networks.

In particular, for 2024, we are looking for Visiting Fellows of Practice who can support one or more of our current working priorities:

  • Outcomes-based partnerships, in particular in health, education, climate change mitigation, and fragile contexts;
  • Relational contracting, private-public partnerships, commissioning; and
  • Data innovation, technology and experimental use of machine learning for social impact

Please make sure to indicate in the nomination form which of the areas above you are most interested in contributing to.

Nominations will be reviewed by GO Lab’s senior leadership team, and recommendations will be submitted to the Blavatnik  School of Government Appointments Committee for decision. For further information on our selection criteria and the process, you can contact Policy Engagement and Communications Associate, Srinithya Nagarajan.