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INTERNSHIPS - Student-led

ESRC-funded students 

ESRC-funded students in their second or third year may apply for funding for a three-month PhD Internship with a non-academic partner organisation. The scheme helps to initiate collaborations or enhance existing relationships with business or industry partners in the public, private or third sector, and to enhance employability through the development transferable skills. We are looking for projects where students can use their research skills in new contexts and which offer tangible value to the host organisation. If successful, ESRC students will continue to receive their full stipend during the internship and will receive a three month funded extension to their studentship. Additional expenses of up to £2,400 can also be claimed to support travel or relocation costs in order to undertake the internship. We expect a percentage cash contribution from the partner organisation, please see our ESRC Training Funds page for full details.

Deadlines and how to apply

  • This is a rolling programme, so you can apply any time as long as you fit the eligibility criteria at the date of the start of the internship. 
  • Applicants must allow at least three months between submitting the form and the start of the internship (e.g. if your application was received on 31 January, the earliest you would be able to commence your internship would be 1 May).
  • See our ESRC Training Funds page for full details of how to apply.

Innovation Internships with private sector businesses (open to all)

The scheme helps to initiate collaborations or enhance existing relationships with business or industry partners in the private sector on projects that align with the UK Industrial Strategy. Current or recently completed PhD students are invited to apply for 50% funding of the cost of a three month internship with a UK private sector business or industry partner. The total cost to the host partner will be £2,750, with the remaining amount matched by SGSSS. This covers a monthly stipend for the student (at current RCUK rates) plus expenses of up to £2,400. All financial processes are handled by SGSSS.

Deadlines and how to apply

  • You can submit a proposal for an Innovation Internship any time up until Monday 2nd March
  • See our Innovation Internships page for full details of how to apply.

The internship has changed my perspective on future career plans. I now understand that there are other environments where you can utilise your research skills outside academia. I’ve really enjoyed working in government and would now definitely consider this as a good option for a future career.​

– PhD Intern with Scottish Government​