Open Innovation Team - placements available


The Cabinet Office’s Open Innovation Team has put out a call for applications to join the team, or departments it works with, for three-month placements between Spring and Autumn 2021 in a wide range of policy areas. In the past these have included placements in Department for Health and Social Care, Home Office, HM Treasury, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 

Applications close at midnight on Friday 13th November. Successful applicants will be expected to secure funding from their university, DTP or other funding bodies. For more information, please contact the Placements Officer, Denitsa Filipova (

Insight into Academia: Using Your Research for Freelance Consulting

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Wed 4th Nov, 2.00 – 3.00 pm (MS Teams)

Early career researchers have skills and expertise to offer the wider world. Understanding how you might do this can help inform your career choices, expand your professional sphere and/or enable you to earn while you finish a project. Yet the worlds of consulting and freelancing can be daunting…

This session will look at forms of consulting that typically work well for researchers and how to take practical steps towards these.

Book your place here via CareerConnect.

Build Back Better - Hackathon


The Build Back Better Hackathon is bringing like-minded people together virtually over one weekend to solve social and environmental challenges.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused shockwaves around the world and exposed cracks in our systems. From the breakdown of supply chains to mass unemployment and racial disparities, things need to change.

The event themes include: Build Healthier Society for All, The Future of Work, Sustainable Communities, Housing and Homelessness, and more.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Oxford Minds

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Oxford's Social Sciences Division is launching a new digital curriculum enhancement programme for postgraduate students. 

Serving as a graduate enrichment programme during extraordinary times, Oxford Minds is built upon three eight-week pillars: themes, theory and methods. The series will unfold on a fortnightly cycle. Four times per terms, a globally recognised speaker will give a public lecture on a specific topic. In each subsequent week, this will be followed by both an inter-disciplinary panel discussion and small, interactive discussion groups jointly facilitated by senior academics and doctoral students.  

Please see the Social Sciences website for further details. 

The Oxford Strategy Challenge

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Get real-world client work experience on this Careers Service programme. The Oxford Strategy Challenge (TOSCA) is a hackathon inspired consultancy challenge.

You will work with a small team providing consultancy to an organisation. The project you will work on will be important to your client. It is a chance to gain hands-on client work experience and make a real contribution to an organisation. For more information, please visit:

Policy Internship Scheme - open for applications

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The scheme is available only to doctoral students funded by UKRI research councils and provides an exceptional opportunity to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. The host partners of the scheme include organisations such as the Home Office, the Department of Education, Public Health England, and the Committee on Climate Change.

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

The deadline for applications is 10 September 2020. Please visit here for details about the scheme and the application process.

Ingenuity - Impact through Enterprise

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Ingenuity helps create start-ups and initiatives within organisations, that deliver sustainable social impact across the UK. The programme is delivered via an online insight and learning platform, regional Challenge summits and a national business plan competition with significant investment and support. The challenge pathways for this year are:

  • Create prosperity
  • Build community
  • Improve health
  • Tackle climate change

Ingenuity is a partnership of academic, commercial, public and third sector organisations. Visit here to find out more about Ingenuity and the program.


Grand Union DTP - Placement Opportunities


There are a number of placement and internship opportunities currently available to DTP students. Please visit our Current Placement Opportunities page to view the various internal placement schemes, application details, and relevant deadlines.

ESRC New Investigator Grants - call open

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The ESRC is pleased to invite proposals for the New Investigator Grants. The scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded. Visit the ESRC's website for more information.