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 2018 scheme are now closed. Applications for the 2019 scheme open in early summer 2018.
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.
Successful applicants will receive funding for their secondment period and will receive a three-month extension to their STFC PhD status. Interns will receive a stipend equivalent to that of a London-based PhD student for three months. Interns based at non-London institutions will receive an additional sum to cover the costs of relocating to London for three months.
Applications for the 2018 scheme are now closed. Applications for the 2019 scheme open in early summer 2018. More details about the hosting partners and the application form can be found on the RCUK site.