NERC Policy Internships

Application Deadline: 
13 Aug 2018


The research councils organise the Policy Internships Scheme for current research council-funded PhD students to work at host partner organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work.

Internships are available with a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations.

The full ist of host partners for the 2018-19 competition can be found here.


Internships are financially supported by the research councils and host partners. For all students, PhD stipend and fees should continue to be paid by the research organisation throughout the three month internship period. Students can also claim for eligible travel and accommodation costs incurred during the internship up to a maximum limit of £2,400 per student. The funding details will depend on the applicant's research council and the chosen host partner. Applicants should review the applicant guidance for full details of the funding arrangements for NERC students.


This scheme is open to PhD students funded by the research councils of UK Research & Innovation including NERC. Internships will take place during 2019 and students must be able to start their internship before the end of their funded period of study.