We support our postgraduate researchers in securing high-quality external placement opportunities, nationally and internationally.
During the year we might advertise projects that are initiatied by our strategic and/or other project partners as part of the Partner-Led strand of our Placement Scheme, to which researchers can apply onnline by the deadline advertised with each specific call.
In addition, as a NWCDTP-funded researcher you will also be able to access a variety of opportunities advertised as part of external National and International placement schemes. These usually require a direct application to the external organisation offering the placement. If you intend to apply to any of the following schemes (or any other external schemes), you can send your application to the PPO in advance of the deadline for 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.
Please see the NWCDTP Placement Scheme Guidance Document for more information, including reporting requirements.
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/.
The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme is now open and the closing date for applications is 16.00 on 4 October 2021.
You can send your application to the PPO in advance of the deadline for feedback on draft applications.
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.
You can send your application to the PPO in advance of the deadline for bespoke advice and specific feedback on your draft application before submitting it, which should maximise your chances of success.
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:
Apply: The Call will open in January 2022.
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.