Research Internships for PGR students

In collaboration with the Bristol Doctoral College, Brigstow is offering postgraduate research students the opportunity to work with one of our experimental partnerships as they carry out research on an interdisciplinary and co-produced research project. 

We recognise that these are uncertain and worrying times, but tasks for the internships will be set taking into account the most recent advice re Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The internships

For the internships, there is a mix of disciplines and skills requested, from humanities to rapid prototyping, from creative methods to event organisation, from human-computer interactions to stitching. And if you don’t feel you’re a perfect fit, please still consider applying – this is as much about your career and skills development as it is about assisting a research project.

There are seven internships available, each serving a different project.  provides an overview of the projects on offer, as well as details regarding:

  • the disciplinary knowledge and skills required from the successful applicant,
  • an overview of the tasks you would be expected to undertake.
  • the expected total number of hours you would spend on the project (working patterns to be discussed between the project teams and the successful applicants).

The hourly pay rate for all internships is £10.50, which includes holiday pay.

You can apply for more than one internship, but if successful, will only be able to take up one offer.

Once on the project, there may be other Brigstow events or activities of interest to you.  We ask all seedcorn project teams to attend a work in progress meeting where 1-3 projects share their progress so far, discuss approaches and share best practice.  As an intern on a seedcorn project, we’d hope you would be able to attend (they are usually held during a Wednesday lunchtime).

*Eligibility – Who is considered a PGR student?

This opportunity is open to all students registered at the University of Bristol to undertake a:

  • PhD
  • Professional doctorate
  • Masters by Research
  • MPhil

How can I apply?

There is a short application form at this link for you to complete – remember that this will be viewed by an interdisciplinary team with external partners so please be clear about your background and why you are excited by the project.

What are the deadlines for applying and carrying out the internship?

Applications should be submitted by midday Tuesday 31st March 2020.

We will notify people as soon as we can but would expect the internships to take place between April and July 2020.


If you have any questions, please email in the first instance.


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