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Policy Internships Scheme

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The Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for PhD students funded by the research councils of UK Research & Innovation to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

Call opening date: 18 June 2019 
Call closing date: 12 August 2019

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 2019-20 competition round are:

For more information on the scheme with examples of previous work please visit the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Policy Internship page.


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 2020 and students must be able to start their internship before the end of their funded period of study.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 12/08/2019

How to make an application

Full details of how to apply, including links to the online application form and guidance documents are available via the UK Research & Innovation policy internships page at: www.ukri.org/skills/policy-internships-scheme.

Further Information

Case study

Read about how AHRC-funded doctoral researcher, Emmeline Ledgerwood, expanded her knowledge of the policy environment, gained an understanding of the structures of scientific advice in Whitehall, and made a fundamental contribution to the work of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, as part of a cohort of postgraduate fellows.

Download - Emmeline Ledgerwood - Policy Internships POST case study (PDF 314KB)


For more information please email: researcher.development@ahrc.ac.uk

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