Deadline for applications: 13 August 2018
The research councils organise the Policy Internships Scheme for current research council-funded PhD students to work at host partner 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 available with a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations.
The host partners for the 2018-19 competition round are:
- Age UK
- Centre for Science & Policy (CSaP)
- Committee on Climate Change
- Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
- Department for Education
- Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)
- Department for Work & Pensions (DWP)
- Food Standards Agency
- Government Office for Science (GO-Science)
- Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)
- HM Courts & Tribunals Services
- Home Office
- National Assembly for Wales Research Service
- National Library of Scotland
- Northern Ireland Assembly Research & Information Service (RaISe)
- Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST)
- PHG Foundation
- Public Health England
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
- Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe)
- Select Committees, House of Commons
- Sentencing Council
- The National Archives
- The Royal Society
- The Royal Society of Biology
- WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme)
Internships are financially supported by the research councils and host partners. For all students, PhD stipend and fees should continue to be paid by the research organisation throughout the three month internship period. Students can also claim for eligible travel and accommodation costs incurred during the internship up to a maximum limit of £2,400 per student. The funding details will depend on the applicant’s research council and the chosen host partner. Applicants should review the applicant guidance for full details of the funding arrangements for NERC students.
This scheme is open to PhD students funded by the research councils of UK Research & Innovation including NERC. Internships will take place during 2019 and students must be able to start their internship before the end of their funded period of study.
How to apply
Full details of how to apply, including links to the online application form and guidance documents are available through the UK Research & Innovation policy internships page– external link.