UKRI Policy Internships

About Policy Internships

As part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)’s postgraduate training portfolio, the UKRI Policy Internships scheme provides an opportunity for UKRI-funded doctoral students to undertake a three-month placement at one of a selected group of influential policy organisations.

Currently the scheme supports on average 123 internships per year across all host partners.

During their internship, the student undertakes work on a policy topic agreed with their host partner that is relevant to both parties. At the end of the internship, the student is expected to have:

  • produced a briefing paper
  • participated in a policy inquiry and, or
  • organised a policy event.

The intention of the scheme is to embed students in an environment where they can engage with the process of converting research outputs into policy. These internships equip students with transferable skills relevant to the future career paths that the student may choose.

Next funding opportunity

  • Status: Closed
  • Opening date: August 2022
  • Closing date: October 2022

Call for host partners 2022 to 2023

UKRI invites applications from influential organisations that are involved in national level policy development and whose work has relevance across the research councils, to join the UKRI Policy Internship scheme in the capacity of a host partner for the 2023 calendar year.

NERC currently coordinates the scheme on behalf of UKRI and any enquiries should be directed to the NERC talent and skills team in the first instance.


Closing date for host partner applications
7 June 2022 16:00 UK time
Decisions communicated to applicants
End June 2022


NERC talent and skills


Last updated: 5 May 2022

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