Placements and Internships

Students may undertake a work placement or internship where this is either directly related to the Student’s training, or provides valuable transferable skills, provided this is well justified and approved in advance by their Supervisor and Research Organisation. 

Students must seek approval from their Supervisor and the Grant Holder before applying for placement opportunities.  Grant holders may approve or deny student placement requests, without further reference to EPSRC, in line with the following guidance:

Type of placement

Description

Funding arrangements

Integral placement

The placement is integral to the award.  It is either:

  • directly related and part of the student’s research project and thesis, or
  • a mandatory part of the doctoral course.

The studentship continues throughout the placement and no suspension or extension is required.

Related placement

The placement is relevant and complementary to the student’s area of study and offers valuable subject-specific or transferable skills, although it is not integral to the award. 

The RO, at the grant holder’s discretion, may choose the most appropriate option from:

  • suspension of the studentship
  • extension of the funded period
  • continuation of the studentship throughout the placement, with no suspension or extension.

All funding must be covered from within the existing training grant funds.  No additional funding will be available to cover student placements.  Grant holders should ensure there is sufficient flexibility within the training grant before authorising any funded extension.

Unrelated placement

The placement is not related to the student’s area of study but offers valuable transferable skills. 

The studentship should be suspended.

Paid placement

If the student directly receives payment for the placement from another source (e.g. placement host).  This is regardless of whether this is an integral, related or unrelated placement.

The studentship should be suspended.

UKRI Policy Internship

See here for further information.

The student must receive an extension of their funded period.  Grant holders should ensure there is sufficient flexibility within the training grant before authorising students to apply.

 

 

Placement flowchart