Policy Internships for STFC-funded PhD Students

June 19, 2019, from Sian Giles-Titcombe

STFC participates in the Research Councils Policy Internships scheme, a programme in which STFC-funded PhD students are given the opportunity to spend three months working in Parliament or Government. Opportunities are available with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) or the Government Office for Science (GO-Science).

Applications for the 2019/20 scheme are now open.
The scheme presents a unique opportunity for PhD students to gain an insight into the political process. Fellows learn how policy is developed, interact with policy makers and develop the skills needed to communicate effectively with non-academic audiences.

• POST is an independent office of the Houses of Parliament whose role is to provide clear, expert, impartial advice on science to MPs and Peers. Its goal is to keep them up to date on current scientific issues and allow them to make informed decisions. Fellows either work on a ‘POST Note’ or research project, or provide specialist advice to a Parliamentary Select Committee or the House of Commons Library.

• GO-Science looks to ensure that Government policies and decisions are informed by the best scientific evidence and strategic long-term thinking. Placements are likely to involve undertaking research, drafting briefing notes and background papers, and organising workshops and meetings. They will offer opportunities to work with a number of different teams and across a wide range of science and technology policy topics in GO-Science.
Successful applicants will receive a three-month extension to their STFC PhD status as well as their stipend. Interns based at non-London institutions will receive an additional sum to cover the costs of relocating to London for three months.

Applications for 2019/20 Internships will close on Monday 12 August 2019. More details about the hosting partners and the application form can be found on the UKRI site.
Further information:

• STFC Policy Internships (includes past case studies)
• Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
• Government Office for Science