Doctoral Internship and Artist Residencies

Doctoral Internship and Artist Residencies

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.

We are interested in working with organisations from any sector that see the benefit of engaging with talented individuals from arts and humanities disciplines.

We will work with you on all aspects of determining the optimal work arrangements and finding the right candidate(s) to ensure that the placement is a positive, productive experience for everyone.

The 2019 Call for Proposals has now closed

2019 Call for Proposals Open Wednesday 6th March
Deadline for Call for Proposals Wednesday 8th May
Successful Opportunities Advertised to Students Monday 5th August
Meet the Host Event, Edinburgh (venue TBC) Thursday 5th September

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

How long is a doctoral internship or residency?

Internships and residencies are fully flexible and can be set in advance or negotiated once you have identified a suitable candidate. The total length of time involved will normally equate to around three months of full-time work (or 450 hours). This can be shorter if you wish, or you could appoint more than one researcher as a small team for larger pieces of work;

Examples include:

  • Single block of 12 weeks
  • Multiple shorter blocks
  • Longer less intensive engagement, e.g. one day per week, one week per month
  • Mixture of the above.

What are the costs and requirements?

  • Doctoral internships and residencies are funded through the SGSAH with students continuing to receive their PhD stipend as normal, so there is no direct salary, stipend or tax implications for your organisation;
  • All hosts are encouraged to contribute towards travel costs;
  • The intern or artist should be provided with work/desk space and equipment if necessary. If you do not have premises, arrangements should be put in place that allows the intern to work remotely;
  • You will need to identify a suitable mentor for the intern to support their project;
  • We expect hosts to be legally constituted with the relevant insurance and health and safety policies in place to support employees and volunteers.