Programme details

3FF’s UN Award Winning ParliaMentors is a programme where teams of university students of different faiths and non-religious beliefs collaborate to create real social change while being mentored by an MP. The programme brings together emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds across UK universities and equips you with the skills, experience and networks to realise your career aspirations and ambitions. Through MP mentoring you a gain real insight into politics and interactive training gives you the tools to create social change. The programme is fully funded and supported throughout the academic year We welcome applications from students who identify with a faith or belief (religious or not) and aspire to become political or community leaders.

How does the programme work?


In a team of 5 students from your university you’ll create a social action project with guidance from 3FF staff and leading NGOs, identifying and responding to a local community need. Students have ownership over their projects, from inception through to delivery,


Each team is mentored by an MP. Through the mentoring process, you’ll gain a unique insight into politics, seeing politics up close and behind the scenes. You’ll meet with your mentors three to four times. You’ll regularly have the opportunity to attend political events, committees and debates. See our former mentors at List of mentors 2007-18


You’ll attend a three day long expenses-paid residential event exploring and developing your leadership, dialogue, community and political engagement skills. Participants graduate from the programme at a high-profile reception in the Houses of Parliament. Previous key-note speakers at ParliaMentors events include Jon Snow, Baroness Warsi and Bonnie Greer.


Since 2007 over 450 students from diverse backgrounds have taken part in ParliaMentors, along with over 65 MP Mentors. Upon graduating you’ll join a vibrant Alumni community who have gone on to work for the Home Office, BBC, think-tanks, charities, MPs and the Civil Service. Others have been elected as local councillors, become MPs themselves and even published a book. They also delivered the UK’s first youth led Interfaith Summit. Find out more about them here.

For more details on the programme, click the sections below:

1. Who is eligible for ParliaMentors? What are you looking for?

You are eligible for ParliaMentors if you fulfil the criteria below. Please note the programme is limited and competitive, there are only 5 spaces available at each university.

  • The programme is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as UK, EU and International students
  • You must be a current student at one of our participating universities in the forthcoming academic year

ParliaMentors celebrates difference, and as such we welcome a diverse range of students to apply. However, in general we are looking for ParliaMentors who:

  • Are interested in working with people from different backgrounds
  • Already have some leadership experience and are looking to take this to the next level
  • Are interested in bringing their campus and local community closer together
  • Identify with a particular faith or non-religious belief
  • Have an interest in British politics
  • Aspire to be a political or community leader
  • Are proactive and committed to making the most of the whole programme

2. When can I apply for ParliaMentors?

We recruit for the next round of ParliaMentors for a 6-week period from February – March each year.

ParliaMentors recruitment period:

  • Applications open: Wednesday 31 January
  • Applications close: Thursday 22 March, Midday
  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome by: 25 March
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a 3 hour informal assessment taking place between: 26 March – 12 April
    (Please note there is flexibility to ensure assessment dates can be worked around any clashes with religious festivals)
  • Successful applicants notified of their acceptance on the programme: May 2018

3. What happens when I’m on the programme?

ParliaMentors runs alongside the academic year. The core activities of the year are below, if you are accepted on to the programme you’ll find out more.

  1. From 4-6 September, we’ll train you up at ParliaMentors Induction 2018 a 3-day residential led by 3FF and leading NGOs, where you’ll learn how to create social change and attend a Parliamentary Reception.
  2. In October, you’ll pitch your social action ideas to community professionals, higher education staff and your fellow ParliaMentors at your ParliaMentors Community Consultation.
  3. From February, you’ll use your training to create social change in your local community
  4. In June, you’ll graduate from the programme in an official Parliamentary Ceremony with your MP mentors, prominent community sector leaders and supporters of your social action project.

You’ll mentored and supported by an MP throughout the year.

4. How does MP mentoring work?

Over 75 MPs and peers have mentored ParliaMentors in the past.

You’ll be mentored by an MP from the constituency surrounding your university. across the year, you will:

  • Gain a unique insight into Westminster
  • Learn about how an MP’s constituency operates
  • Shadow your MP mentor on their official Parliamentary or constituency business
  • Attend political events such as PMQs, select committees, APPGs

5. What’s a social action project? What kind of social action project will I be expected to run?

Social Action Project create change in your community to improve the lives of others around you. ParliaMentors have tackled hate crime, inspired political participation and supported local foodbanks and other incredible social change. ParliaMentors social action projects are:

  • Self-led: we support your team to create a lasting impact on the community surrounding your university.
  • Seed funded: ParliaMentors receive up to £300 to deliver their project and are supported to fundraise if necessary
  • Supported: through practical training and workshops from 3FF staff, ParliaMentors Alumni and leading charities/NGOs.

6. What skills, experience and networks will I gain from the ParliaMentors programme?

ParliaMentors is about collaborating to lead and is a real insight into politics alongside the practical skills and experience you’ll need to take the next step in your leadership career. You’ll be managing your own project, negotiating with your team to develop creative ideas to tackle social problems and in your diverse team learning about how intercultural and interfaith dialogue can shape a future that belongs to people of all beliefs.

Upon graduating you’ll receive an official certificate, receive the newsletter and join a network of over 450 alumni who have graduated from the programme in the last 11 years who have gone on to deliver social change as elected politicians, in the civil service, in charities and the law. Alumni are supported through the ParliaMentors Alumni Committee, a group of ParliaMentors Alumni who provide ongoing social and professional opportunities and development for graduates of the programme. They also plan 3FF’s flagship Interfaith Week event the Interfaith Summit

You can read more about ParliaMentors Alumni at:

And more about the Interfaith Summit at:

We encourage ParliaMentors to talk about the programme on their CV, it can really make you stand out to a prospective employer!

"I have no doubt that this year's class will go on to play important roles in the future – both in their local communities, and maybe even on the national or international stage."

Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP

"I'm proud to say I'm a ParliaMentor. I have joined a community of leaders from different faith backgrounds who together represent the voices of young people across the country aspiring to make a difference."

Gurinder, ParliaMentor

"He gave us the opportunity to ask him any questions and was also really keen to know how he could help us."

Anna on being mentored by Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

ParliaMentors is part of the British Council Active Citizens programme.

Active Citizens

The British Council’s Active Citizens programme is a social leadership training programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and community-led social development. The programme brings together people with different beliefs and perspectives to learn from and share with each other. Working with partners around the globe, participants are trained in the skills and knowledge needed to affect social change in their communities. Active Citizens connects thousands of like-minded people around the world who collectively want to make a fairer and more inclusive society. 

British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

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