Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today (20 July 2015) launched a policy internship scheme for PhD students to enable them to gain experience of how research can inform policy making.
Research Council Policy Internships provide an opportunity for PhD students funded by the UK Research Councils to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. Successful applicants have the opportunity to work on a policy topic of interest to both the student and the organisation, by producing a briefing paper, participating in a policy inquiry and organising a policy event.
Research can make a vital contribution to public policy in a range of areas. Policy making is carried out across a wide range of organisations, including government departments, civil society, groups within parliament and devolved administrations, as well as several public bodies and learned societies. Within parliaments, research-based issues permeate all areas of work but most MPs and Peers do not have a background in research and look to others for specialist advice and information.