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The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science runs a professional, paid internships scheme to connect talented social science researchers with organisations across Scotland and the UK.

Through our internships scheme, organisations can recruit a PhD researcher to work within their organisation on an area of business need for up to 3 months (full-time).

By hosting an SGSSS intern, your organisation can benefit from:

  • A committed and enthusiastic new team member, increasing capacity for your organisation
  • Access to specialist knowledge and skills, such as data analysis, research, and methodological evaluation
  • Access to our network across 16 universities in Scotland

The scheme is designed to support links between research, the society and the economy, whilst also supporting researchers to gain experience in non-academic organisations, build their sector knowledge, and hone their transferable skills. You can see some examples of recent projects here.

If you would like to find out more, please see our FAQs below and contact Anna-Marie (SGSSS Knowledge Exchange and Partnerships Manager) on


Each internship placement lasts 3 months (full-time) or 6 months (part-time). The model is designed to be flexible so that partners can fit the placement to their needs.

PhD researchers take a break from their studies to do the internship, and are paid a stipend and expenses by the SGSSS.

The internships are paid opportunities for students, making the scheme sustainable for students and the SGSSS. Each internship costs £5500.00. In some circumstances, the SGSSS can support organisations with match-funding. Please contact to find out more.

Host organisations submit a proposal to the SGSSS for an internship placement based on a need within your organisation. The SGSSS then advertises the opportunity to students, and the host can decide which applicant to take. To find out more, contact Anna-Marie on

Timeline for 2020-21

Spring Term   
Host proposals received   

Internships advertised to students
Applicants selected   
Internships take place   
September 2020   
October 2020   
November 2020   

January – March/April 2021

Summer Term
Host proposals received   

Internships advertised to students
Applicants selected   
Internships take place   
January 2021   
February 2021   
March 2021   
May – July 2021