Research Council policy internships provide an opportunity for Research Council funded PhD students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.
The Research Councils organise internships for current Research Council-funded PhD students to work at partner host organisations on a policy topic relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce a briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event.
Internships are awarded to both parliamentary and non-parliamentary organisations.
The EPSRC has announced the 2014 call for applications for a three month secondment opportunity to the Parliamentary Office of Science and technology (POST) open to EPSRC funded PhD students.
The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is an office of the two Houses of Parliament (Commons and Lords), charged with providing balanced and independent analyses of science and technology based issues of relevance to Parliament.
During their time at Parliament, EPSRC/POST Fellows will work on a policy topic grounded in science and technology. Examples of previous topics include ‘ICT for Disabled People’ and ‘Livestock Super Farms’. Following the placement the fellow will be invited to write a short report for EPSRC detailing their work over the three months and the outcomes achieved.
All EPSRC funded postgraduate research students, except first year students, who will still be studying (receiving a stipend) in March 2014 are eligible.