The Grand Union DTP offers its ESRC-funded students access to support collaborations with non-academic organisations, involving a strong knowledge exchange dimension of benefit to both parties. This will usually be carried out via a placement or internship arrangement. It might involve research that is related to your project (but not fieldwork), or working on a project that is of interest to you, utilises your research skills and might help you explore a potential career path in practice.
Please see our 'Placements' section on the website for advice, case studies, and opportunities.
Students may also wish to consider the UKRI Policy Internships Scheme which provides the opportunity for PhD students funded by the research councils of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. Details of the scheme, along with the next call for applications can be found on the UKRI website.
The DTP would normally have set deadlines throughout the year by which you would need to apply, which are published on the DTP website. However this process has been suspended for the 2020-21 academic year due to the uncertainties related to the pandemic.
For 2020-21, applications will be dealt with on an ad-hoc basis as opportunities arise until further notice. We recommend you apply to the DTP Office of your home institution approximately 3 months before the proposed trip where at all possible, to ensure time for consideration and to give you plenty of planning time (if you have concerns about meeting this timeframe, please contact your local DTP office). Please ensure you read the guidelines for further details on the scheme and applying for support.
As per ESRC guidelines, the DTP is not permitted to fund any travel (or associated costs) to countries the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against visiting. For the purposes of Covid-19 travel guidance, non-essential travel includes OIVs, placements, training and conferences.
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