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Internships for RCUK funded doctoral researchers

July 24, 2015

Research Council policy internships provide an opportunity for Research Council funded PhD students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

Next funding opportunity

Call status: Open
Next application deadline: 16:00 BST 28th August 2015


The Research Councils organise internships for current Research Council-funded PhD students to work at partner host organisations on a policy topic relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce a briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event.

Internships are awarded to both parliamentary and non-parliamentary organisations.

Hosting partners:

Information concerning the internship opportunities available with these partners to students from different Research Councils can be found on the scheme webpage sections of each Research Council. These webpages are linked below.

In addition to the above eight partners, ESRC students also have the opportunity to apply for policy internships hosted by:

How to apply:

Applicants should complete the application form below and submit a copy to stag@nerc.ac.uk. Before completing the application form, please read the guidance notes provided below.

Assessment of applications is a two stage process: there will be an assessment of the written application and applicants successful at this stage will be invited to interview. Both stages of the assessment process will be undertaken by the host organisation.

Please note, only one application can be submitted by each applicant. The applicant must specify within this document which host organisation they wish to undertake an internship with and bear in mind any organisation specific guidance provided when preparing their application.