Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) Policy Internships Scheme

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is offering 25 internships as part of The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme. This scheme provides the opportunity for doctoral students funded by the research councils of UK Research and Innovation to work for three months in a highly influential policy organisation.

The call for applications is currently open. The deadline will be 12th August 2019.

The Policy Internships Scheme allows candidates from all research councils to get invaluable policy experience, with an organisation of their choice. If POST is your first host choice and you’d like the opportunity to contribute to one of our POSTnotes, please make that clear in your application.

While fellows typically help us with the production of a POSTnote or POSTbrief, this unique opportunity to view the epicentre of policy-making from the inside may also include a secondment to a Select Committee or to the House of Commons or House of Lords Libraries.

Fellows at POST will have the opportunity to produce their own POSTnote from start to finish. This includes scoping the topic, conducting interviews with the senior stakeholders from across academia, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector, drafting and editing.

By the end of their time at POST, our fellows will have learnt how to write for policy makers with balance, impartiality and succinctness. They will also have developed a unique understanding of Westminster, forged important relationships with key stakeholders, and delved into a novel and exciting topic of research. Internships are available with a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations.

To see the full list of hosts which include parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations, visit the UKRI website.


Internships are financially supported by the research councils and host partners. Doctoral stipend and fees should continue to be paid by the research organisation throughout the three month internship period.

Where necessary, students can also claim for eligible travel and accommodation costs incurred during the internship up to a maximum limit of £2,400 per student. The funding details will depend on the applicant’s research council and the chosen host partner.


This scheme is open to doctoral students funded by the Research Councils of UK Research and Innovation (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC). Internships will take place during 2020 and students must be able to start their internship before the end of their funded period of study.

How to apply

Applicants should complete the online application form, ensuring to select POST as your primary host choice. Applicants must also upload two documents as part of their application:

  1. a signed funding and permissions form
  2. a policy briefing.

In order to have the funding and permissions form signed by the SWDTP, please send a completed form to Helen Stanton (

Below are some guidelines on how to write a policy brief, as well as an example of a policy brief from Rob Mann, a previously successful candidate.

For further information, applicants are advised to read the guidance and host partner information documents provided on the UKRI’s Placements Scheme webpage.

Assessment of applications is a two stage process: there will be an assessment of the written application and applicants successful at this stage will be invited to interview. The application process will be completed at both stages by the host partner.

Please note, only one application can be submitted by each applicant. The applicant must specify within their application which host partner they wish to undertake an internship with and bear in mind any organisation specific guidance available in the applicant guidance document when preparing their application.

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