PIPS – 3 month professional placements

What are PIPS?

The Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) is a key component of our Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme. Students spend 3 months on a professional placement with an external host organisation. The aim of PIPS is to allow students to gain the opportunity to carry out a non-academic work placement during their PhD. Such experience is important both to help early career researchers understand the context of their research and to expose them to the range of opportunities available to them after they graduate.

Both students and host organisations benefit greatly from the PIPS placements and we have received very favourable feedback from both the students and their hosts, with many of these organisations going on to host multiple placements. 

A student becomes eligible for a Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) once they have passed their first year transfer viva, hence a PIPS placement is usually undertaken during the second or third year of the four-year PhD programme.  The timing is in consultation with the student’s supervisor to ensure minimal disruption to their research. 

A PIPS is usually undertaken in a three-month block but can be flexible to suit the needs of the student and host organisation.  The PIPS process is student-led i.e. students are responsible for finding a suitable placement, negotiating the details with the host organisation and arranging their own travel and accommodation (within the allowance provided by the BBSRC funding through the DTP). 

(NB CASE students do not do PIPS.  Instead, they undertake an industrial placement with their CASE partner).  

Find out more

Click the PIPS tab at the top of the page to find information about all aspects of PIPS, including the paperwork that needs to be completed, information for host organisations and questions and answers for students.

Our PIPS scheme is organised by all three White Rose Universities: Leeds, Sheffield and York.  In each University there are staff who are responsible for the Training and Development of PhD students and co-ordinate activity at a local level. There will be PIPS Information Sessions organised by the Training Managers at each university and all students will be invited to attend. Contact your local Training Manager for all the latest information regarding possible PIPS host organisations and to discuss how to arrange a placement with a host organisation of your choosing.

PIPS Contacts – click here