Further Knowledge Exchange Opportunities

We support our postgraduate researchers in securing high-quality external placement opportunities, nationally and internationally.

External placement schemes usually require a direct application to the external organisation offering the placement. We have established a new internal process to support you with your application to a National or International scheme (see list below – Collaboration Labs excluded). If you intend to apply to any of the following schemes (or any other external schemes), please complete this short online survey. You will be able to receive bespoke advice and specific feedback on your draft application before submitting it, which should maximise your chances of success. 

If successful in securing a place, applicants will be required to complete an online PGR Placement Application Form – selecting ‘National and International Placement scheme’ at the beginning of the form – in order to secure funding, since most of these schemes require a scholarship extension from your DTP for funding your place.

Researchers who hold a National/International Placement place will need to follow the same guidelines set up in the main NWCDTP Placement Scheme Guidance Document, including those regarding the reporting requirements. All applications require a statement of support from the main supervisor, particularly in relation to PhD progression and the benefits of the opportunity to the applicant’s professional development. 

UKRI Policy Internship Scheme

The Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for UK Research and Innovation funded PhD students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations, on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work. 

Internships are available in a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations. For more information and the Full Guidance document please visit https://www.ukri.org/skills/policy-internships-scheme/. 

Application window usually opens between July and September every year.

The NWCDTP has established a new internal process to support doctoral researchers looking to submit an application to the scheme. If you would like to receive bespoke support and specific feedback on your draft application, please complete this online form. 

AHRC International Placement Scheme

The AHRC’s International Placement Scheme (IPS) funds short-term fellowships at prestigious international research institutions for UK doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC funded doctoral students. The scheme is run annually, with places available across a number of different host institutions including: 

  • Harry RansomCenter, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • The Huntington Library, California, USA
  • Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA1
  • National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, China
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
  • YaleCenterfor British Art, Connecticut, USA 
  • National Museum Institute, New Delhi, India 

 Please check the IPS page on the AHRC’s website for details. Application usually opens in November and closes in February every year. 

The NWCDTP has established a new internal process to support doctoral researchers looking to submit an application to the scheme. If you would like to receive bespoke support and specific feedback on your draft application, please complete this online form. 

UKRI UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme

UKRI’s Globalink Doctoral Exchange scheme provides an opportunity for UKRI and Canadian doctoral students to participate in a UK-Canada research exchange scheme. Supported by UKRI and Mitacs, UKRI-funded doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to develop their intercultural understanding and communication skills as well as expand their doctoral research in a diverse and inclusive international environment through networking, collaborations and access to Canadian research infrastructure, during 12-week research placements in Canadian Universities. 

Full information here on the Mitacs website and the UKRI page.

Deadline 15 December 2020. Placements between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022.

The NWCDTP has established a new internal process to support doctoral researchers looking to submit an application to the scheme. If you would like to receive bespoke support and specific feedback on your draft application, please complete this online survey. 

All successful applicants will undertake a 12-week research project that they develop with their host supervisor(s) in Canada. Students should lead the application and make contact with potential Canadian host supervisors to discuss and design a research project and work out costings for the placement with their home and host supervisors in advance of submitting an application. Applicants should make clear what benefit the research placement will have
on their development and for Canada and the UK. Students can see a list of Canadian Professors who have registered an interest in hearing from UKRI students

Applications must be submitted using the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) by the postgraduate’s home supervisor on behalf of the postgraduate.

ESRC Collaboration Labs

Organised by the University of Manchester and funded by ESRC, this scheme provides professional training, coaching and project funding for interdisciplinary teams of PhD and ECR researchers to work on research consultancy projects with external partners. The scheme includes a Researcher-Led and a Partner-Led stream. Successful candidates will work on their selected project as “Associate Research Consultant” for the duration of the project.

Open to NWCDTP funded PhD researchers (scholarship extension available for taking part).

See 2021 partner-led projects here.

For full details and to apply, please visit the Collaboration Labs website and follow the link to our online application form. Deadline 19 January 2021, H 23:59 (extended). 

 See previous projects and participants testimonials See the 2020 Award winners.  

British Library Placement Scheme

BL runs an internal PhD Placement Scheme that aims to provide an opportunity to PhD researchers to experience research in a different environment to that of a university, to engage with a range of research users and audiences, to gain insights into different potential postdoctoral career paths, and to make a tangible contribution to the purposes and programmes of a national library and major cultural organisation.

A broad range of opportunities to work with different collections are made available every year. Examples of previous BL PhD research placements and their outcomes.

Applications to the BL Placement Scheme are made to BL directly.

A list of all available placement projects and full details of how to apply are available on the BL website:

Deadline: 5 pm on Friday 18 December 2020

Funding is provided through the NWCDTP/AHRC scholarship extension mechanism, that researchers will need to request to NWCDTP once their direct application to BL has been successful.

BL offers free webinars and open events to explore their collections with expert staff. The complete programme, and links to register, can be found here.