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:
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.
Internships are awarded to both parliamentary and non-parliamentary organisations.
ESRC funded students are only permitted to apply for policy internships hosted by the Government Office for Science and the following six 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.
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 studentships and Training Award Group 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 regarding this scheme is available in the applicant guidance available below, on the individual Research Council websites, and from hosting partners.
All RCUK Policy Interns are required to complete a reporting and feedback form within one month of completing their internship. These forms should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org:
The Research Council Policy Internships Scheme is being coordinated by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) on behalf of all Research Councils. Questions about the internship should be addressed to the NERC Studentships & Training Awards Group: email@example.com