• Applications for 2019/2020 now open to doctoral students funded by the Research Councils of UK Research and Innovation (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC)
  • Applications close August 12, 2020
  • POST will be recruiting 30 students in collaboration with the other Parliamentary hosts

With all the research councils now under the umbrella of UKRI, POST has restructured its individual Fellowship schemes and substituted them with an overarching opportunity called the Policy Internships Scheme. The scheme provides the opportunity for doctoral students funded by the research councils of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to work for three months in a policy organisation.

About the scheme

The Policy Internships Scheme allows candidates from all research councils to get invaluable policy experience, with an organisation of their choice. If POST is your first host choice and you’d like the opportunity to contribute to one of our POSTnotes, please make that clear in your application.

While fellows typically help us with the production of a POSTnote or POSTbrief, this unique opportunity to view the epicentre of policy-making from the inside may also include a secondment to a Select Committee or to the House of Commons or House of Lords Libraries.

Fellows at POST will have the opportunity to produce their own POSTnote from start to finish. This includes scoping the topic, conducting interviews with the senior stakeholders from across academia, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector, drafting and editing.

By the end of their time at POST, our fellows will have learnt how to write for policy makers with balance, impartiality and succinctness. They will also have developed a unique understanding of Westminster, forged important relationships with key stakeholders, and delved into a novel and exciting topic of research. Internships are available with a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations.

To see the full list of hosts which include parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations, visit the UKRI website.

Who is eligible to apply

This scheme is open to doctoral students funded by the Research Councils of UK Research and Innovation (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC). Internships will take place during 2020 and students must be able to start their internship before the end of their funded period of study.

Funding

Internships are financially supported by the research councils and host partners. Doctoral stipend and fees should continue to be paid by the research organisation throughout the three month internship period. Where necessary, 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.

How to apply

Applicants should complete the online application form. If POST is your preferred choice of host, please make that clear in your application. Only one application can be submitted per applicant. Applicants must also upload two documents as part of their application:

  1. a signed funding and permissions form
  2. a policy briefing in the style of a POSTnote (see guidance documents)

Download documents and forms

If you are having trouble accessing the online application form, please contact the NERC Research Careers Team for an alternative version of this form.

Assessment of applications is a two stage process: there will be an assessment of the written application and applicants successful at this stage will be invited to interview. The application process will be completed at both stages by the host partner.

Research Councils

Previous Policy Internships competition rounds

All Policy Interns are required to complete a feedback form within one month of their internship end date. Interns will be provided with a link to an online feedback form once their internship has been confirmed.

Contact

The Policy Internships Scheme is being coordinated by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) on behalf of all Research Councils. Questions about the scheme should be addressed to the NERC Research Careers Team: researchcareers@nerc.ukri.org.