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All SGSSS internships are paid positions (commensurate with Research Council doctoral stipend levels) and are normally full time, although part time working can be considered. You will pause your PhD work for the duration of the internship and will receive an extension at the end of your research period.

We currently have Internship opportunities available with the below organisations. Click on an organisation to find out more about what’s available. 

What is an Internship?

An internship is a non-salaried work placement.   The SGSSS Internship Competition gives current SGSSS students (all students registered for a PhD degree in Scotland, however funded) the opportunity to apply to undertake an internship within an external organisation.

Please note that these internships present opportunities to work outside the topic area of a student’s PhD to develop a range of transferable skills, enhance employability and provide the experience of working within a public sector organisation. Please do not apply if you are only seeking to have experience in your own PhD topic. You are better to organise your own internship in this case.

Working arrangements

Internships are on a full-time working basis for three months (13 weeks). There may be flexibility for part-time students to apply. A monthly stipend equivalent to the ESRC standard maintenance stipend will be paid to students on internships.

Successful applicants and their university supervisor will be asked to sign an agreement document prior to commencing their internship, covering administrative details such as procedures for annual leave, etc.


All SGSSS postgraduate students registered for a PhD in Scotland (however funded) are invited to apply for the projects described below provided they:

  • are undertaking their PhD in a social science discipline;
  • are in the second or third year of their PhD;

The internships should start no earlier than mid-March 2020. If successful all students will take an interruption of studies so that they are not eligible for fees during the internship. Research supervisors need to give permission for students to apply for these opportunities. Successful applicants will receive the equivalent of a standard ESRC maintenance stipend for the three months while on internship.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the scheme and UKBA regulations, students on a Tier 4 visa are not eligible to apply for internships.

How to apply

Applicants should download an application form and submit it via the button below, which includes space for a statement of support from your principal supervisor, along with a two-page CV.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 24 February 2020