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Real World Partnerships Overview

The Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership is dedicated to providing opportunities for "real-world collaborations" between our students, early career researchers and external organisations.

Closer engagement with the private, public and civil society is an ESRC priority. In the Cambridge ESRC DTP we are committed to working in partnership with these sectors to facilitate collaboration and ultimately drive innovation and growth.

The Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in the Social Sciences is committed to the idea of ‘real-world partnerships’ and provides a range of ways for our graduate students and early career researchers in order to gain experience of working with external partners. 

These opportunities can help our Cambridge Social Sciences PhD students and postdoctoral researchers acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for a high-profile career as a leading Social Scientist in academia or in government, commercial, industrial and third sector organisations.

All ‘real-world’ collaborative opportunities are open to the wider social science PhD students and postdocs at the University of Cambridge.

We are looking for students with the capacity to work creatively across disciplinary boundaries, and who have the potential to think as social scientists beyond single disciplines in order to address key societal challenges. We want to promote excellence in social science and for our students to generate research evidence that shapes policy in the future.

We expect all DTP students to undertake multiple collaborative activities as part of their PhD and Personal Development Programme.

We strongly believe that there are mutual benefits to students, supervisors and external partners in such collaborations. Our approach is flexible and it is based on individual needs, with opportunities ranging from 1 to 6 months.  Examples of our work with non-academic partners range from internships with the UN to research studies with NHS Trusts, as well as local charities and companies of all sizes. We would welcome any prospective partners to contact us to discuss developing new avenues for engagement, which can range from joint research projects to placements and networking activities.