Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS)

PIPS Q&A session (Dundee, 12 February 2019)

The UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council offers an exciting opportunity for any non-academic organisation to take advantage of the fully funded scheme "Professional Internships for PhD Students" (PIPS). Internships can be in any field or sector, including industry; publishing; policy; clinical development; teaching; communications; business; management; marketing; law and finance.

As part of the EASTBIO training programme, each BBSRC-funded student must complete a 12-week internship in a non-academic environment before the end of their third year.

Benefits to your organisation:

  • A high-calibre temporary resource to assist with a strategic project at no extra cost to the business;
  • A new resource to undertake smaller projects that might have been on hold or would not otherwise have been done;
  • Involvement with intelligent minds that will bring innovation, skills and knowledge to enhance your business success and performance;
  • Opportunities to get energy and fresh insights to a particular business area; a different perspective to problems and a new motivated member of the team;
  • Added value through interaction with Scottish Universities.

Benefits for the PhD students:

  • Broadening of students' educational experiences;
  • Opportunities to develop valuable transferable skills and explore careers outside of academia;
  • Opportunities for students to build on and vary their professional network;
  • High-quality work experience aimed to increasing student employability;
  • Experience of a ‘real-life’ situation in the workplace of their choice.


To find out more, please email the EASTBIO Placements inbox.