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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Apply now for our postgraduate research experience programme and undertake a research project in the humanities and social sciences at one of the world’s leading universities 



Our research experience internships run for 6 weeks from 3 July – 11 August 2023 


What does it involve? 

Whilst you're here, you'll undertake a research project, supervised by world-leading academics in our extensive facilities. During the internship you'll: 

  • receive a stipend equivalent to the Real Living Wage for the six-week programme 

  • stay in free accommodation in Cambridge provided by Gonville & Caius College 

  • enhance your research and transferable skills 

  • meet leading researchers and staff 

  • receive advice on opportunities for further study and research careers 

  • receive information on how to make a competitive application for postgraduate study in the humanities and social sciences 


Who can apply? 

Applications are open to those ordinarily resident in the UK who are currently in the penultimate year of an undergraduate degree at a UK or Irish university. Talented students who do not have the opportunity for significant research experience will benefit most from the programme. Applicants will be selected based on their academic achievement and potential in the context of their education to date. 

You’ll need to check that you meet the SHARE eligibility criteria before you apply for the programme. 


How do I apply? 

To apply, you will need to complete our online application form by 9am on Monday 27 February. You don't have to fill it all in at once and you can come back to it at any time before the deadline. 

Find out more at our live webinars for prospective applicants which will provide information about the application process, the research projects and the opportunity to ask questions. Register to attend a webinar on our webpages.   


More info and how to apply 

What research will I be working on? 

We are famous for our research excellence and innovation, and home to some of the most talented researchers in the world. We'll ask about your research interests on the application form, and you can put yourself forward for any of our four projects. 

Visit our website to see what sort of research you could be working on this summer. 

2023 research areas 


The SHARE programme aims to enhance diversity and inclusiveness within the humanities and social sciences at Cambridge, and in UK academia more broadly through improved access to research experience. Four of these placements are funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) and will be hosted by the Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).