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Current Opportunities

We are currently looking forward and thinking about ways of developing our collaboration opportunities with non-academic partners in the worlds of public and social policy, business, finance, third sector activity, and beyond.

The Cambridge ESRC DTC is very much committed to the idea of ‘real world research’ and we want our students to gain experience of working with outside partners, however briefly. But we also strongly believe that there can be mutual benefits in such collaboration.


Internship Opportunities - August 2017 call

To apply for all opportunities for the August 2017 call, please complete a CSSP Internships Application form and return it with your CV to: .

Deadline for all applications under this call: 9am on Monday 9 October 2017


London, UK

Finding effective ways to share best practices for governance across borders.  Full details are available here.

Cities and Local
Growth Unit

Cambridge, UK

London and South East.  Full details are available here.

Cambridge City Council

Cambridge, UK

Cambridgeshire Culture Card Full details are available here.

Care Quality

London, UK

Building an evidence base on the wider impact of CQC’s enforcement activities. Full details are available here.


Burwell, UK

Marketing Communications.  Full details are available here.

for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

London, UK

1. Understanding and influencing behaviour that results in marine plastic pollution. Full details are available here.

2. Implementation of the UK Plan for tackling roadside Nitrogen Dioxide concentrations.  Full details are available here.

3. Using social science approaches to reduce ammonia emissions from farming. Full details are available here.

4. Delivery of evidence based review to inform and drive resource efficiency strategy. Full details are available here.

5. Identifying new ways of bringing together waste tracking data to inform UK policy. Full details are available here.

Department for

London, UK

Investment in Future Roads. Full details are available here.


European Commission

Brussels, Belgium

Startup Europe. Assessment of the overall initiative approach, impact and objectives. Full details are available here.

Imperial College
Health Partners

London, UK

Business Intelligence and Health Economics.  Full details are available here.

Borough of Barking and Dagenham

London, UK

Understanding the meaning of a participation culture for Barking and Dagenham.  Full details are available here.

Places for People

London, UK

Operating Environment Study.  Full details are available here.


London, UK

Why privacy? A look at the changing role of privacy in an increasingly data driven society.  Full details are available here.

 Other Opportunities


Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

London, UK


The ESRC/POST fellowship scheme is now open for applications. The scheme provides an opportunity for ESRC-funded postgraduate students, in their second and third year, to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to assist in producing independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues for Parliamentarians.

Further details are available at:

Deadline: 17.00 on Friday 13 October 2017

Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) of the United Nations System

Geneva, Switzerland

Applications to the internship programme are accepted on a year round rolling basis.

For further details please visit:


Next steps for ESRC DTC Students

If your internship application is successful, the ESRC DTC requires a formal record of your plans and the steps outlined below must be completed in order to trigger an extension to your ESRC DTC Studentship and your thesis submission date:

1. Please complete a Discretionary Fund application form for collaboration available here and upload the required documents, which includes a statement of support from your Supervisor (you may upload the relevant page from your internship application) and a letter from the host organisation confirming your internship.  

Please be aware that this is a requirement even if you do not wish to apply to the Discretionary Fund for support with the direct costs of undertaking your internship. If you do not wish to make an application to the Discretionary Fund, please enter ‘not applicable’ and/or £0 in the ‘Budget breakdown’ and ‘Other sources of funding’ sections on the application form

2. You must apply for intermission for the duration of your internship.  Please apply promptly following your acceptance of an internship offer as it can take some time for intermission applications to be approved.

ESRC DTC Students please note:

  • ESRC DTC students in an MPhil year are not eligible to apply for internship opportunities.
  • Internships must not commence within the first three months of your doctoral period. 
  • In order to be eligible for financial support from the Discretionary Fund, your internship must be completed at least three months before the end date of your award.
  • Support from the Discretionary Fund can only be offered for one internship (of up to 6 months) during the course of your studentship. 
  • Your studentship and thesis submission date will usually be extended to take the duration of your internship into account.  This means that students in receipt of a full award (maintenance and fees) will have their award extended by the length of their internship (up to a maximum of 6 months) and will also receive their maintenance payments during their internship. Fees-only students (who by definition do not receive maintenance) will receive a 'time-only' extension.
  • You can only receive one extension to your award and thesis submission date during the course of your studentship as a result of undertaking an internship.