Research Councils UK (RCUK) have launched a policy internship scheme for PhD students to enable them to gain experience of how research can inform policy making.
Research Council Policy Internships provide an opportunity for PhD students funded by the UK Research Councils (e.g. EPSRC) to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations (e.g. The Royal Society). Successful applicants have the opportunity to work on a policy topic of interest to both the student and the organisation, by producing a briefing paper, participating in a policy inquiry and organising a policy event.
A 3 month extension will be added to the current DPhil funding to account for this, and internships must start before the end of the funding period.
The application deadline varies from depending on the specific Research Council, with EPSRC holding an 18th August 2015 deadline