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Internship Opportunities

Current Internship Opportunities

Research Council Policy Internships Scheme

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.

Next funding opportunity:

  • Call status: Open
  • Call opening date: 19 June 2017
  • Call closing date: 10 August 2017


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

Internships are awarded to a number of Parliamentary, Government Departments and Non-Governmental Bodies, Learned societies organisations.

The 22 Hosting Partners for the 2017/18 competition round are:

How to apply:

Applicants should complete the online application form. Applicants must also upload three documents before submitting their application; (i) A CV, (ii) A signed Funding and Permissions Form (see below) and (iii) A policy briefing. For further information, applicants are advised to read the guidance and host partner information documents provided below.

If you are having trouble accessing the online application form, please contact the NERC Research Careers Team for an alternative version of this form.

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.

Further Information:

Further information regarding this scheme is available in the applicant guidance available below, on the individual Research Council websites, and from hosting partners.


Obtaining Necessary South East DTC Approval:

1. Internship and Funding Permissions Form: Internship Permissions You do need to obtain a signature from your supervisor to approve your application.

2.  You should ask your local DTC Administrator to sign your Internship and Funding Permissions Form under the section headed Funding Permission.  Your local DTC contacts are as follows:

Kent:  Rosalind Beeching  C.R.Beeching@kent.ac.uk

Reading:  Joanna John j.john@reading.ac.uk

Royal Holloway:  Jane Gawthrope/Carol Hughes ESRCDTP@rhul.ac.uk

Surrey:  Christine Espitalier-Noel/Emma Dewhirst studentships@southeastdtc.ac.uk

2. Send an email to studentships@southeastdtc.ac.uk to arrange for the South East DTC to give you a letter of support confirming that we will pay your stipend and fees during the duration of your internship, help with any travel and accommodation costs and provide you with a three month paid extension. 

3. It will be your responsibility to send the copy of your completed application onto the RCUK.

4.  Please send a copy of your completed submitted application to studentships@southeastdtc.ac.uk.


NCRM Placement Fellowship Scheme

NCRM has launched the second round of the its placement fellowship scheme. The NCRM Placement Fellowships aim to place academic social scientists in non-academic research organisations (e.g. central, local or devolved government department, or third sector organisation) to work on well-defined methodological research problems identified by the non-academic organisation for periods lasting between three and six months. The placements will run between July 2017 and June 2019.
Three fellowships are now available: (1) the Government Office for Science (GO Science) and The Alan Turing Institute, (2) the Department for Transport (DfT) and (3) the Centre for Ageing Better. All details about the scheme and the placement opportunities can be found here: https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/TandE/fellowships/. The deadline for applications is 06 September 2017.

Details of the scheme and the placements:
• Placements are open to academic staff at all levels, from Early Career Researchers through to senior Professors. Academics from any University in the UK are eligible under this scheme.
• Placements are funded by the NCRM.
• Placements are defined around a problem area, set out a person specification and specify expected outputs and timetable.
(1) GO Science/Alan Turing Institute placement on ‘The effect of inferred identity on preserving privacy, identification and disclosure of the digital self’:  
• GOS are looking to undertake a review of the impact of identity inference on aspects such as privacy, anonymity, pseudonymity and identification via weak indicators. The placement fellow is expected to assess existing identity artefact mappings from the Super-Identity Project and to identify key areas for development to support discovery of online identity exposure. The fellowship will be located at the Alan Turing Institute and will work closely with the Government Office for Science.
• The approximate start date for this placement is autumn 2017.
• Deadline for Applications: 16:00 on Wednesday 06 September 2017

(2) Department for Transport (DfT) placement on ‘Improving young driver safety’:
• DfT is looking for an expert advisor in social science who will work closely with the road safety policy team, applying their expert knowledge of evaluation and quantitative methodologies to help DfT develop policies which can improve the safety of young drivers.
• The approximate start date for this placement is mid-September 2017.
Deadline for Applications is 16:00 on Wednesday 06 September 2017

(3) The Centre for Ageing Better placement on ‘Innovative approaches to using big and open and/or admin data for ageing related local decision making’
• The Centre is looking for a post-doctoral social researcher to be involved in a project that will explore new and innovative ways of analysing local data sets to support ageing-related policy-making. The successful candidate is expected to help advance research, monitoring and evaluation methods in the context of local decision making that affects the lives of current and future generations of older people.
• The approximately start date for this placement is October 2017.
• Deadline for Applications: 16:00 on Wednesday 06 September 2017