To get the most out of your doctorate you should take advantage of the complementary training and development opportunities that are available as part of your studies.
Where to find opportunities
We fund lots of opportunities where those studying for a doctorate on a UKRI studentship can gain research experience and skills.
In almost all cases, your research organisation is best placed to advise on what is available. These may be:
- already built into your doctoral programme
- separate opportunities that are advertised and need to be applied for within your research organisation – speak with your university for more information.
Other externally-funded opportunities are also available through UKRI, which can be found on this page.
For anyone who has not yet started their PhD and is considering funding options, find out more about UKRI studentships.
Policy internships scheme
|Closing date||4 October 2021, 16:00 UK time|
|Length of placement||Three months|
|Expenses||Eligible travel and accommodation costs up to £2,400|
Apply to work for three months at an influential policy organisation.
You must have a UKRI studentship in any field.
The host organisations include parliamentary and government departments, as well as non-governmental bodies.
There are 22 organisations offering placements for 2022.
Every internship will be different. It could include you being asked to:
- produce a briefing paper
- take part in a policy inquiry
- organise a policy event.
For details on the available opportunities, see policy internships scheme host partner information (PDF, 935KB).
You will continue to be paid your usual stipend throughout your placement. You could also claim certain eligible travel and accommodation costs up to a maximum of £2,400. The amount will depend on the organisation where you choose to do your internship.
How to apply
Before applying, you should read the policy internships scheme guidance (PDF, 156KB).
You will also need your lead supervisor and the training grant holder to sign the policy internships scheme funding and permissions form (DOCX, 38KB). Upload this to the application form.
If your application passes the initial sift process, you will:
- attend an interview with your potential host in November 2021
- be informed of your outcome by the end of December 2021.
UK-Canada Globalink doctoral exchange scheme
Placements with Canadian universities of up to three months are available through this exchange programme.
It is designed to help students establish new networks, build relationships and collaborate with international partners.
There are places for up to 200 doctoral students with UKRI-funded studentships. Students are encouraged to choose a Canadian professor who they are interested in working with at one of the partner universities.
Stipends will continue to be paid during the placement, with the additional opportunity to claim for eligible travel and accommodation costs incurred during the placement.
How to apply
The application process typically runs from April to June. Exchanges then start from October, to take place within the following 12 months.
The fourth and final round was due to open in March 2021, but we’ve postponed it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re working to agree new dates.
We will publish a link here to information about how and where to apply when dates are confirmed.