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Current Opportunities

We are currently looking forward and thinking about ways of developing our collaboration opportunities with non-academic partners in the worlds of public and social policy, business, finance, third sector activity, and beyond.

The Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in the Social Sciences is very much committed to the idea of ‘real world research’ and we want our students to gain experience of working with external partners, however briefly.  We expect DTP students to undertake some form of collaborative activity as part of the their PhD training. We also strongly believe that there can be mutual benefits in such collaboration.


Internship Opportunities - next call

The next call for the Cambridge ESRC (DTP) in the Social Sciences internship opportunities will open for students in January 2018. 


 Other Opportunities


Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) of the United Nations System

Geneva, Switzerland

Applications to the internship programme are accepted on a year round rolling basis.

For further details please visit:


Next steps for ESRC DTP Students

If your internship application is successful, the ESRC DTP requires a formal record of your plans and the steps outlined below must be completed in order to trigger an extension to your ESRC DTP Studentship and your thesis submission date:

1. Please complete a Discretionary Fund application form for collaboration available here and upload the required documents, which includes a statement of support from your Supervisor (you may upload the relevant page from your internship application) and a letter from the host organisation confirming your internship.  

Please be aware that this is a requirement even if you do not wish to apply to the Discretionary Fund for support with the direct costs of undertaking your internship. If you do not wish to make an application to the Discretionary Fund, please enter ‘not applicable’ and/or £0 in the ‘Budget breakdown’ and ‘Other sources of funding’ sections on the application form

2. You must apply for intermission for the duration of your internship.  Please apply promptly following your acceptance of an internship offer as it can take some time for intermission applications to be approved.

ESRC DTP Students please note:

  • ESRC DTP students in an MPhil year are not eligible to apply for internship opportunities.
  • Internships must not commence within the first three months of your doctoral period. 
  • In order to be eligible for financial support from the Discretionary Fund, your internship must be completed at least one month before the end date of your award.
  • Support from the Discretionary Fund can only be offered for one internship (of up to 6 months) during the course of your studentship. 
  • Your studentship and thesis submission date will usually be extended to take the duration of your internship into account.  This means that students in receipt of a full award (maintenance and fees) will have their award extended by the length of their internship (up to a maximum of 6 months) and will also receive their maintenance payments during their internship. Fees-only students (who by definition do not receive maintenance) will receive a 'time-only' extension.
  • You can only receive one extension to your award and thesis submission date during the course of your studentship as a result of undertaking an internship.