Hosting an internship

Could your organisation benefit from access to talented early career researchers at Scotland’s universities?

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) runs a professional internship scheme for PhD students at Scotland’s universities in their second and third years of study. PhD internships enable organisations to access the talent of an early career social science researcher for a three month period to deliver a specific piece of work.

SGSSS students span a number of different specialisms and all share key skills in core methods research training. Our programme is tailored to support organisations to access specialist expertise in order to meet business objectives whilst developing a range of transferable skills for our researchers. We have a proven record of accomplishment in delivering outcomes for our partners, including the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, and NHS Health Scotland.

The current cost to host a PhD student for three months is £5,500. This allows SGSSS to provide a monthly stipend to the student, which is commensurate with the rate of funding provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This also covers all other reasonable expenses for home to work travel and alternative accommodation if required.

We are now inviting proposals from organisations who would like to host a PhD intern in 2019.

Please send us details of your project, using this proposal form, to team@sgsss.ac.uk. The deadline for the next call is 5pm on 22 October 2018. Other dates for your diary are below.

For an informal conversation about your proposal, or about our programme in general, please don’t hesitate to contact Anna Scott, (Knowledge Exchange & Partnerships Manager) at team@sgsss.ac.uk or 0131 650 3749.

Time frame

Winter Call 2018

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Deadline for proposals

22 October 2018
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Internships advertised

21 November 2018
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Deadline for applications

18 January 2019
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Recruitment and selection

January/February 2019
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Internships start

March 2019 onwards

Summer Call 2019

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Deadline for proposals

27 May 2019
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Internships advertised

10 June 2019
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Deadline for applications

29 July 2019
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Recruitment and selection

August 2019
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Internships start

September 2019 onwards

"[Intern] made a significant contribution to our work on understanding poverty. He brought a fresh perspective and suggested ideas and approaches we hadn’t considered. Having a PhD intern was a valuable addition to our team and his work will benefit the wider organisation.”

– Internship host at Skills Development Scotland