The British Library has launched a new placement scheme to provide opportunities for PhD students from all disciplines to develop career skills and experience that complement their research activities and academic training.

A range of different placement projects have been designed by Library staff for the current Call, several of which will particularly appeal to social science researchers. We would be very grateful if the placement scheme could be publicised to your CDT cohorts and any other relevant colleagues across your consortium.

For full details of the scheme and profiles of the 17 projects that are being offered, please visit:  

The application deadline is 19 February 2016. All applications must be supported by the applicant’s PhD supervisor and their department’s Graduate Tutor (or equivalent).

Please refer to the website for full details, but here are some summary notes:

  • This scheme is open to all doctoral researchers, as long as they have the support of their supervisor and their Graduate Tutor (or equivalent).
  • International students are eligible if they have the right to study in the UK.
  • The minimum duration of the placements is 3 months (or PT equivalent).
  • Interviews to be held in March-April 2016.
  • It is anticipated that the placements will be held during the 12 month period from June 2016-May 2017 – with exact start dates to be agreed with the successful candidate once appointed.

A dedicated work and development plan for each placement will ensure that students receive appropriate induction, training, supervision and support, as well as significant ownership responsibilities and opportunities for professional and personal development. All placement students are allocated their own desk and/or workspace, and are fully integrated into the working environment of the team/department in which they are based.

Each placement project therefore represents a significant investment of Library staff time and resources – though please note that the Library is not able to provide payment to placement students. We hope that, where Doctoral Training Centres are able to draw on ESRC or institutional funding to support placements and similar activities, the opportunities available at the Library will be of interest, and will constitute an attractive new professional development resource.

SGSSS-DTC would like it to be noted that financial support for internships is conditional upon the Director's approval and is only available for ESRC funded students.


Last updated 14 Jan 2016 4:26pm