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Innovation Internships

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) has funding available to support

Industrial Strategy-aligned  PhD and ECR placements with a business or industry partner.

The social sciences have a great deal to offer private sector organisations – from informing policy and strategy to understanding the potential for new goods, services and business models.

The objectives of the SGSSS Innovation Internships Scheme are:
  • Initiate collaborations or enhance existing relationships between academic and business or industry partners leading to longer-term self-sustaining activities, including those coming through ISCF and NPIF;
  • Provide opportunities to enhance understanding in industry of what social science research can offer to their business;
  • Enhance employability through the development transferable skills for our researchers, whilst providing tangible value to a host organisation.
SGSSS Internships provide businesses with:
  • Access to highly skilled early career social scientists from our 16 member universities across Scotland;
  • A motivated team member, increasing capacity for work that businesses may not otherwise have the resource to do;
  • Access to specialist knowledge and research skills, including high level quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis;
  • Access to new ideas, insights and perspectives;
  • Opportunities for creating and developing networks with academia.

There are several routes into the scheme: PhD students can apply with their academic supervisor and a business partner for funding through our student-led call; or businesses can apply for funding for a specific project through our industry-led call and SGSSS will promote to PhD students through an open application process. We also have some funding available for ESRC Postdoctoral Fellows who wish to undertake a placement during their Fellowship.

For more information please follow the links below, or contact us.