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Current Opportunities

There are three main rounds of Internship Calls annually, corresponding to the Michelmas, Lent and Easter terms. Other collaboration opportunities are also available throughout the academic year. Placements are open to all PhD students in the University of Cambridge and funding is available to cover associated costs.


Impact Fellowships - call for Applications

The Cambridge Social Science Partnership together with the Cambridge ESRC IAA invites applications to its Fellowship scheme. 4 different projects will be selected under this Call.

As many sectors and industries are fast changing and the global economy continues to struggle, today’s organisations need Social Sciences experts to address new challenges, think critically, and help make decisions that will be beneficial to organisations they work with and the wider society.  

The Impact Cases competition provides opportunities for Social Sciences PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to share their research experience outside of academia while developing business skills. These will support teams based across a range of sectors to carry out a number of projects and activities, whilst also providing unique professional development opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

The Impact Cases competition is organised by the Cambridge ESRC DTP-IAA and will be judged by the appropriate business partners, together with members of the Cambridge ESRC DTP-IAA.  

The competition is open to all Social Sciences PhD students and postdoctoral fellows of the University of Cambridge. 


The competition timeline is as follows: 

13 December 2018 

Opening of the competition 

13 January 2019 

Call closes  - please send your complete case studies to The Cambridge Social Sciences Engagement Team at: 

16 January 2019  

Pitching workshop. This interactive workshop will give you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of how businesses operate and help you develop skills in communicating your research and projects. It is an essential part of facilitating researcher placements into commercial organisations. In the workshop, participants will be: 

  • presented with key concepts of a business plan and guidelines for pitching 
  • refine their project idea and generate a pitch  

The top three pitches will receive a prize.

Please sign in for the workshop here

February 2019 

Distribution of final projects to business partners for review 

March 2019 

Publication of the results of the competition: 

Four winners of the Impact Cases competition will receive a three-month Impact fellowship each to work with the relevant business. This could involve developing a business plan to take your work to the next stage or getting experience in one of the key elements that will help you develop your project.   

Summer 2019 

Impacts Fellows’ final presentation of their accomplished project to the Cambridge ESRC DTP-IAA members 


How to apply

If you would like to participate, please submit a project by filling the attached form and sending it back to us at by 9am 13 January 2019.


Co-op Teams

The Cambridge Social Science Partnerships internship call for Michaelmas 2018 is now closed.

Next call will be advertised at the beginning of Lent Term 2019. 

A description of past Co-op Teams meetings can be found here.


Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Details on activities, seminars and workshops relating to Leadership and Entrepreneurship will be be announced soon.

From Idea to Spin-off with Impulse Programme: 5 places – Call opens January 2019

This scheme will offer PhD students and early career researchers the chance to be involved with developing a company out of research findings generated within the university.

Run in conjunction with the Maxwell Centre's Impulse Programme, this will consist of a 3-month project going through the process of developing an idea into a fully-fledged spin-off company.


See examples of some of the projects offered by external partners in previous calls here.


For further information on these calls please contact , Manager of the Cambridge Social Science Partnership.