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 2019/20.

Public and Third Sector Organisations

Please send us details of your project, using our 2019 SGSSS Internship Host Proposal form, to team@sgsss.ac.uk. The deadline for the next call is 5pm on 13 January 2020. Other dates for your diary are below.

Private Sector Business and Industry

SGSSS can provide 50% match funding for a three-month Innovation Internship. Find out more about our work with business here.

For an informal conversation about your proposal, or about our programme in general, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

Time frame

Spring Call

For internships starting from March/April onwards
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Deadline for proposals

January
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Internships advertised

End of January
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Deadline for applications

February
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Recruitment and selection

March
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Internships start

April onwards

Autumn Call

For internships starting from September/October onwards
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Deadline for proposals

May
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Internships advertised

June
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Deadline for applications

End of July
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Recruitment and selection

August-September
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Internships start

October 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