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NIHR ARC NWC research internships provide an opportunity for individuals employed by our member organisations, except those in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), who are interested in learning more about research or taking the next step in their research career. An internship involves release from the workplace for up to a day a week, for up to a year to carry out a research project. Please consult the list of ARC NWC Members to see if you are eligible. Prior formal research training experience is not a pre-requisite to application as individuals at all levels will be considered. However, all applicants will require:
• a strong interest in research,
• commitment to the programme (including an end of internship presentation),
• full managerial support, and
• the ability to attend the supervisory meetings and training sessions.

Internships can focus on any topic but must adhere to the following key principles:
• align with an ARC NWC Research Theme
• address a regional or national priority,
• involve co-production with patients/ service users, and
• consider health inequalities. Applicants should refer to the Focus On Research and Equity (FOR EQUITY) web-based platform when considering the health inequality aspects of their applications.

Although the internships can focus on any health or social care topic the ARC NWC has additional funding to support mental health-specific applications so applications with this focus are particularly welcome.

There are currently three main types of internship offered:

1. Research Project Internships
Designed to support individuals to undertake a small research project under the supervision of experienced researchers from one of the ARC HEIs. Interns must submit their own research idea that must also align with their organisation’s priorities.

Calls for this internship are annual.
The next application deadline is the 14th January 2024

2. Internships to prepare an NIHR Fellowship Application
NIHR fellowships are available at multiple levels: pre-doctoral, doctoral and advanced (postdoctoral). Interns will be expected to dedicate sufficient time to their internship to enable them to submit a robust application to the relevant NIHR funding call at the end of the internship. Activities include: project proposal development; research skills training; networking with relevant stakeholders; and identification of organisational and academic support for the application. Please note: Fellowship applications supported by this internship stream must include supervision by academic researchers from one of the five ARC NWC HEIs. Applicants can suggest a supervisor or one will be provided matched to their interests.

Calls for these internships are bi-annual.
The next deadlines for applications are 17th September 2023 and 14th January 2024.

3. Internships for a Rapid Conversion Evidence Summaries (RaCES) project
RaCES internships support the development of academic writing skills and understanding of systematic reviews. Interns produce a clinically relevant, accessible summary of existing evidence and an implementation plan to introduce the evidence into practice. To support this they complete a Postgraduate Masters Module “Improving Clinical Care through Implementation Science” at the University of Central Lancashire and are supported with disseminating the research output within their organisation and more widely, for example publishing within a relevant academic journal. More information and an overview of the stages involved in a RaCES project can be accessed here

Calls for this internship are annual.
The next application deadline is the 17th September 2023

For all types of internships, salary back-fill (a payment of up to £6000) will be provided to the intern’s employing organisation to assist with time release. During their internship, interns will receive supervisory and other support at the appropriate HEI. Interns will also have the benefit of working alongside other interns and researchers throughout the programme in a multidisciplinary environment.

It is recommended that anyone interested in these opportunities contacts the capacity-building team via for more information or an application form. Please specify which kind of internship you are interested in. The team are happy to discuss these internships and other potential opportunities before the application stage.