25 October 2022
To mark Your Path in Research, we’ve collated all the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs) internships and other opportunities aimed at social care and public health practitioners. These opportunities are aimed at those looking to get into social care and public health research.
Listed below are details of local internships (and similar posts) per ARC. These will be updated as and when they become available.
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ARC East of England are currently recruiting for their Fellowship Programme aimed at clinicians, health and social care practitioners, voluntary sector staff and NHS managers across the East of England. This opportunity is for those who would like to work at the interface of research and practice. The Application deadline is 30 November 2022.
ARC EoE will also be recruiting two summer interns to help assess mental health services in the East of England. This opportunity is for undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge and at the University of East Anglia. The next round of applications will open in June 2023.
Find the latest ARC EoE capacity building and training opportunities here.
ARC Greater Manchester‘s internship programme is aimed at health and care professionals who have an interest in exploring a potential research career combined with their current professional role and who may benefit from undertaking postgraduate research study.
Internships are for 30 days to be used flexibly over a year. ARC GM internships are based at the University of Manchester and will be delivered fully online for wider accessibility. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, social care and public health disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applications are now open for the next round of internships (deadline 11 November 2022).
Find out more about ARC GM internships here.
ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex don’t currently run internships, but they do offer ARC KSS Fellowships and Scholarships opportunities, including Individual Development Awards, Springboard Awards and opportunities for early career researchers.
ARC North East and North Cumbria currently have six interns working in their Enabling Methodology theme but don’t have any internships open for application at the moment.
ARC NENC also offer fellowships for health and care professionals and fund applied health Masters degrees (neither are open for applications at the moment).
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ARC North Thames is currently recruiting for three new funding opportunities: Research internships (deadline 9am 5 December 2022), career development fellowships and springboard grants (deadline for both 9am 12 December 2022).
These opportunities are open to anyone working in or with mental health services across the North Thames region, including staff from NHS Trusts, local government, public health, social care or community care organisations, charities and the voluntary sector. ARC NT is particularly keen for applications from staff who are currently under-represented in research, including those working in East London and Essex, people from minoritised backgrounds, and those working in areas of mental health and social care with limited opportunities to engage in research. Find out more about these opportunities by clicking here.
ARC North West Coast currently has 37 member internships. The internships are open to individuals employed within our member organisations who have an established interest in research, implementation and evaluation, and are looking to begin the next stage of their research career. For all internships, salary back-fill (a payment of £6,000) will be provided to the intern’s employing organisation to assist with time release.
During this time, interns will receive supervisory and other support at the appropriate University. Interns will also have the benefit of working alongside other interns and researchers throughout the programme. All applications must align with an existing ARC NWC research theme, address a regional or national priority, involve co-production with the public/patients/service users, and consider health inequalities.
Applications are now open for the next round of internships (deadline January 2023). Find out more about ARC NWC internships here.
ARC Oxford and Thames Valley run annual internship programmes open to all applicants. Currently, ARC OxTV have a social care intern looking at early childhood adversity and links with autism and a public health intern looking at digital interventions for behaviour change. Both are gaining research skills but are learning how to embed research into their everyday practice. ARC OxTv also have four interns looking at a range of issues not specifically public health or social care. ARC OxTV will be running the internship programme again, later in 2022 or early in 2023, with funding for up to a further four interns.
ARC South West Peninsula internships have closed for this year, but more information about this opportunity and the application criteria can be found online.
Future internships are anticipated and will be published on the PenARC website as soon as they are announced for 2023.
ARC Wessex is offering a new round of internships in November. The deadline for applications is going to be in January 2023. This will be the sixth cohort of ARC Wessex internships, with 40 intern fellowships having been created in the last three years. This link will have the details very soon.
Additionally, the 2023 South West National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Health Education England (HEE) integrated clinical academic (ICA) programme awards are now open (deadline 15 November 2022). The awards provide short-term support for those in the South West aspiring to develop a clinical academic career and apply for national awards. The programme is open to registered health and social care professionals including nurses, midwives, AHPs and other registered health and care professionals. Find out more and apply here.
ARC West and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) join forces every year to offer research internships for health and care practitioners. The 2023 programme will be open for applications soon.