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Policy Internships Scheme

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The research councils organise internships for current research council-funded PhD students to work in highly impactful 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, or equivalent piece of work.

Next funding opportunity

Call status: Open
Call opening date: June 2018 
Call closing date: 13 August 2018

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 2018/19 competition round are:

For more information on the scheme and how to apply, please see the UK Research and Innovation Policy Internship webpage

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 13/08/2018

How to make an application

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

  1. a CV
  2. a signed funding and permissions form (see below)
  3. a policy briefing.

For further information, applicants are advised to read the guidance and host partner information documents provided at the UK Research and Innovation Policy Internship webpage.

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 email Joanna Dunster at

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