Doctoral Internship and Artist in Residence Programme 2017/18

The SGSAH Doctoral Internship and Artist in Residence Programme aims to connect the research skills and creative practice of PhD students with organisations from all sectors to develop impact and make a difference.

We work in partnership with organisations to create paid doctoral internship and artist in residence opportunities for arts and humanities postgraduate researchers at Scottish institutions.

Our programme enables organisations to access the talent of researchers to deliver a specific piece of work or project. Researchers add tangible value to a host organisation whilst developing their own marketable skills and expertise.

The deadline for applications to host an intern or artist in residence in 2017/18 has now passed. If you would like to discuss a future proposal please get in contact with Anna Scott at or 0141 330 2635.

Benefits for hosts

  • We work with you on all aspects of finding the right candidate and ensuring that the experience is a positive, productive one for everyone. 
  • Placements are fully flexible and can be part time or full time.  The total length of time involved will normally equate to around three months of full time work.
  • We aim to offer a light touch while ensuring we deliver the maximum benefits for everyone involved.
  • Students come from any of our 16 member institutions across Scotland

We will advertise your opportunity to 1,750 arts and humanities PhD students from 16 universities and art schools in Scotland, work with you on all aspects of finding the right candidate, and check in regularly over the course of the placement.

Placements are paid positions. SGSAH will normally fund one researcher per organisation; match-funded arrangements are available if you have capacity for more than one person.

For an informal chat about any aspect of the programme please contact:

Anna Scott
Knowledge Exchange & Partnerships Manager or 0141 330 2743 / 07919 913445

Dates for your Diary

Dates for your Diary

26 June 2017 Deadline for proposals
w/c 10 July 2017 Successful Projects Selected
w/c 4 September 2017 Placements advertised to 1,750 arts and humanities researchers in Scotland

6 September 2017


Meet the Host event,

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

w/c 2 October Deadling for applications
From 9 October Matching and project initiation




What is a SGSAH doctoral internship?

A doctoral researcher will work with your organisation on tasks defined by you, either as one large project, or a series of smaller tasks contributing to a larger outcome. An internship can add tangible value to a host organisation while developing a graduate student’s marketable skills and expertise.

Why should I offer an internship?

Your organisation can benefit from:

  • A motivated team member, increased capacity and additional resource to assist with a strategic project
  • Access to specialist knowledge and skills, including critical analysis, research skills and in-depth subject knowledge
  • Access to new ideas, insights and perspectives for your organisation
  • Opportunities for creating and developing networks with academia

What is a SGSAH doctoral artist residency?

An artist residency is an opportunity provided by a host organisation for a guest doctoral researcher to work in a new environment, often away from the restrictions and pressures of their everyday lives. They support cultural and artistic exchange, nurture experimentation and new ideas, and support research and the development of new work.

Why should I offer an artist residency?

You might be interested in:

  • raising the profile of a place, organisation or activity
  • opportunities for a community to be invigorated through an exchange of ideas and new ways of working
  • cultivating relationships with other artists and exchange opportunities with distant arts organisations
  • promoting a particular art form or practice, encouraging experimentation or facilitating exchange across art forms
  • increase access opportunities to a specialist facility or resource