An update on offerings across the ESRC Doctoral Training Network in July 2018. All adverts are direct from the ESRC.

UK Research and Innovation Policy Internships Scheme

ESRC are pleased to announce that the latest call for UK Research and Innovation Policy Internships Scheme is now live.

The internship scheme provides the opportunity for PhD students funded by the research councils of UK Research and Innovation to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. 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 27 Hosting Partners for the 2018/19 competition round are listed on the UKRI website page along with further information on the scheme, documentation and guidance for applicants.

The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme is being coordinated by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) on behalf of all Research Councils. Questions about the internship should be addressed to the NERC Research Careers Team:

Please note the call closing date is 13 August 2018.

ESRC-Alan Turing Institute Joint Fellowship Scheme 2018

ESRC and The Alan Turing Institute are pleased to announce a second round of the Joint Fellowship Scheme aimed at driving forward the development and application of cutting-edge data science to study major societal challenges.  

This second joint call will focus on three key application areas where data-intensive digital technologies could bring advances in delivery and innovation: Financial Services (FinTech), Public Policy and Government and Urban Analytics, covering areas such as:

  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain technology 
  • Big data analytics
  • Distributed systems, mobile payments, peer-to-peer application
  • Modelling of volatility, risk and uncertainty

Further details can be found in the call specification below.

Proposals are welcome from mid-career and senior social scientists from an eligible UK Research and Innovation Research Organisation with an interest in data analytics and associated fields and one or more of the three application areas specified.

Up to two studentships will be attached to each Fellowship and it is expected that these will work in cognate areas to that of the Fellow. Students must meet standard ESRC academic and residential eligibility requirements.

Further information can be found on our website:


Please note the closing date for proposals is 5 September 2018.

PhD Partnering Scheme – Independent Review

ESRC will shortly be commissioning an independent review of its PhD Partnering scheme. The evaluation will determine whether this is a suitable mechanism for developing new international partnerships and to what extent the pilot scheme has been successful. The success of the pilot scheme will be determined by the quality of the links formed and the extent to which they have been sustained. The evaluation will ascertain whether this scheme, or elements of it, should be continued and/or whether it could be used across the UKRI family either as an independent scheme or as a route for supporting international mobility through DTPs.

The review team appointed to undertake the review will be expected to capture feedback from those who participated in the scheme including DTPs, supervisors and students. Your input to this part of the process would be very much appreciated. A further output of the review will be a selection of case studies showcasing where successful partnerships have been developed and sustained. Please do share any examples you may have with the review team.

They hope to have appointed a team to undertake this work by the end of August with their report due in December 2018.

Should you have any questions about the review, please contact ESRC via the PGT mailbox.

Please note this is being circulated for information only – it is not part of the UKRI Policy Internships Scheme:

Professional Internships for PhD Students – Royal Institution

The Royal Institution (RI) is currently advertising for 3 Professional Internship to start this autumn. These placements will involve joining the RI at its busiest and most exciting time of year - the planning, filming and broadcast of the Christmas Lectures.   

  1. Programmes Assistant - to assist with preparations for the development and filming of the Christmas Lectures TV programme. Close date 23 July, interviews on 8 August.
  2. Media & Communications Assistant - to support the RI in promoting the Christmas Lectures and related activities through a variety of media platforms. Close date 23 July, interviews on 9 August.
  3. Digital Media Intern - to focus on expanding and developing our online audiences, helping to produce and distribute digital science communication content and optimise the user-experience across our digital platforms. (NB this role does not have direct involvement with the Christmas Lectures)- Close date 23 July, interviews second week of August.

The roles are all based in Central London so students will be expected to base themselves within or near to London for the period of the placement. Please find job descriptions for the roles attached.

More information about the RI’s internship programme and details on individual placements, timeframes and how to apply can be found here:

Last updated 11 Jul 2018 4:00pm