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RCUK Policy Internship Scheme: Call for Hosting Partners


The Research Councils UK invite applications from influential policy organisations to join the RCUK Policy Internship scheme in the capacity of a hosting partner for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 competitions.

The RCUK Policy Internship scheme provides the opportunity for Research Council funded PhD students to undertake a three month placement at the partner of their choice working on one or more policy topics of interest to both the student and the organisation, by producing at least one briefing paper, participating in a policy inquiry and/or organising a policy event.

This call for hosting partners is open to any UK-based policy organisation that can demonstrate relevance to the remit of two or more Research Councils. To ensure that this competition continues to develop as a harmonised, cross-Research Council scheme, hosting partners are strongly encouraged to offer internship opportunities open to students supported by any of the Research Councils.

Hosting partner applications will be assessed by a group of Research Council representatives involved in the RCUK Policy Internship Scheme, with successful applicants contacted via email by the end of May 2017.

Hosting partners are required to provide a co-funding contribution to the Research Organisation of each intern they support. This co-funding contribution will equal the Travel and Accommodation costs incurred by the student up to a maximum limit of £2,400 for the duration of the internship.

Hosting partners are responsible for sifting applications and interviewing applicants wishing to undertake internships at their organisation during October 2017 and are required to notify the lead administrative council of the outcomes as soon as possible thereafter, but no later than 10 November 2017.

Internships are expected to start in the first half of 2018. However, students are able to undertake an internship at any point in the calendar year at a time agreed between the hosting partner, the student, the student’s PhD supervisor and Research Organisation. All internships must be completed in calendar year 2018.

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. This should be completed by the representative who will act as the primary contact for the RCUK Policy Internship scheme. Before completing the application form, please read the guidance notes provided below.

For all enquiries please contact the NERC Research Careers Team

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