The Grand Union DTP offers its ESRC-funded students access to support for undertaking placements or internships of up to 3 months in length with a demonstrable Knowledge Exchange (KE) element during the funded period of their studentships. Support is provided in the form of a paid extension to a studentship commensurate with the length of the placement undertaken, as well as up to £3,000 for expenses incurred over and above your standard living costs during the course of the placement.
Students who already have an organisation in mind with whom they would like to undertake an placement can access this scheme to apply for support. The placement should be negotiated from the start with KE in mind. The host organisation needs to be informed of the KE goals and should identify the benefits of the activities within the organisation. The host organisation must provide evidence that the internship/placement will have a significant KE element, and will need to confirm in writing that there will be benefit to both the student and themselves. In their application, students provide a statement indicating what they hope to gain from the placement, and how the internship/placement is relevant to their research. Students are made aware that the internship/placement must involve a demonstrable two-way flow of information/knowledge between the student and the organisation, with substantive user engagement on both sides (in accordance with the ESRC’s requirements).
Two students funded by the Oxford ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) who undertook internships have written case studies outlining how they benefitted from undertaking an internship - please use the links to the left to find out more.