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ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences



Cambridge Grand Challenges

We offer a range of bespoke Internships and Placements via the Cambridge Grand Challenges Framework for Social Sciences.

This interdiciplinary framework of collaboration was been established around addressing real-world problems and engage the Social Sciences with other disciplines to provide solutions to critical issues such as climate change, ageing of society to applications of Artificial Intelligence.

This programme of work has led to more students, academics and non-academic partners being attracted to the Social Sciences Partnership. This collaboration had been extended beyond thetraditionally predominant policyand third sector partners to industry through the National Productivity Investment Fund and Business Boost awards.

With reference to some 60+ non-academic partnerships, our internships and placements can be part-time or full time and range from 1-6 months long. Examples with non-academic partners range from Government departments to Microsoft, Aviva and GSK.

Click here to find out what the students think of collaborative opportunitites 

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We offer entrepreneurial PhD students and early career social sciences researchers the chance to get involved with developing a company out of research findings generated within their reserach. 

Non-academic engagement days offering training and engagement with policy makers to the 1st year’s cohorts and with Businesses to the 2nd-3rd year’s cohorts via the Cambridge Grand Challenges 'Co-op teams' once a term.