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RCUK Policy Internship Scheme

July 29, 2016

The Research Council Policy Internships scheme provides the opportunity for research council-funded PhD students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

The internship scheme significantly contributes to the skills and professional development of PhD students. Benefits include the opportunity to network within the policy arena and develop a range of transferable skills and knowledge such as report writing and time management. Hosts also benefit from the additional resource provided by students and help in the production of briefing papers and contribution to the organisation’s policy evidence base.

Students gain an extension to their ESRC award and are able to claim for travel and accommodation costs.

Closing date for applications is 16.00 on 1 September 2016.

Participating host organisations for 2016

ESRC funded students are only permitted to apply for policy internships hosted by the Government Office for Science and the following six partners:

Information regarding individual host organisations and the opportunities available can be found using the links below:

How to apply

Applicants should complete the online application form. Applicants must upload three documents before submitting their application:

  • CV
  • Signed Funding and Permissions Form (along with a confirmation letter from the Director of the WRDTC)
  • Policy briefing.

In order to obtain a signed Funding and Permissions form and approval from the WRDTC Director, please save a copy of each page of your RCUK Internship online application as you go along (before submitting) and forward the full application to your local Scholarships Officer NO LATER THAN 19 AUGUST 2016 who will forward to the WRDTC Office for Director’s approval.  Once the application is approved a signed Funding and Permissions Form and confirmation letter from the WRDTC Director will be sent back to you (with Grant Holder details completed) to upload when you submit the RCUK Internship online application before the deadline of 1 September 2016.

The local nominated contacts at each university are as follows:

University of Leeds – Shirley Yeadon (s.yeadon@adm.leeds.ac.uk), Postgraduate
Scholarships Officer in the Postgraduate Scholarships Office.
University of Sheffield – Catherine Wynn (pgr-scholarships@sheffield.ac.uk), PGR
Scholarships Officer, Research & Innovation Services.
University of York – Helen Poyer (research-student-admin@york.ac.uk), Research
Student Administrator, Student and Academic Services.

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 their application which host organisation they wish to undertake an internship with and bear in mind any organisation specific guidance provided when preparing their application.