Research Council Policy Internships Scheme 2016 for PhD Students

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Application Deadline: September 1st 2016

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.

The internship scheme significantly contributes to the skills and professional development of PhD students. Benefits include the opportunity to network within the policy arena and develop a range of transferable skills and knowledge such as report writing and time management. Hosts also benefit from the additional resource provided by students and help in the production of briefing papers and contribution to the organisation’s policy evidence base.

Students gain an extension to their ESRC award and are able to claim for travel and accommodation costs.

Participating host organisations for 2016

ESRC funded students are only permitted to apply for policy internships hosted by the Government Office for Science and the following six partners:

Information regarding individual host organisations and the opportunities available can be found using the links below:

How to apply

Applicants should complete the online application form. Applicants must upload three documents before submitting their application:

  • CV
  • Signed Funding and Permissions Form
  • Policy briefing.

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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Research Council Policy Internships Scheme 2016

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