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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: 14 July 2020
Call closing date: 10 September 2020

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 2020/21 competition round are:

For more information on the scheme please visit the UKRI Policy Internships Scheme.


Internships are financially supported by the research councils and host partners. Doctoral stipend and fees should continue to be paid by the research organisation throughout the three month internship period. Where necessary, 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.


This scheme is open to doctoral students funded by the Research Councils of UK Research and Innovation (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC and including UKRI CDTs in Artificial Intelligence). Internships will take place during 2021 and students must be able to start their internship before the end of their funded period of study.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 20/09/2020

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.

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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