I think it can be a good fit for either of those groups. Currently most people are more in the academic work category, but we have a few RSPers who are working on more policy engagement style work, and having a fair bit of success.
It's also worth pointing out that plenty of RSPers don't fall neatly into either camp:
Impressiveness: good question, but feels hard to express without going into lots of detail, so I'm going to pass.
Acceptance rate: 9/~150, then 10 out of ~250. We're planning to take 8 in this round. The summer fellowship was 27/~300.
Some support options, briefly:
Apologies for the brief response, writing in haste!
Thanks for this! I agree that a lot of the value of RSP won't become obvious until after the programme (and also want to flag that as our first cohort is only finishing this autumn, it's still quite uncertain how large this value will be).
At this stage, the best information we have on how things will shape up for scholars after the programme is what our first cohort have lined up to do immediately after the programme - see here.
Strong agree, thanks for pointing this out Ollie