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dot.rural Internship Scheme 2014

dot.rural is one of the three RCUK Digital Economy research hubs and brings together a team of over 80 researchers from a range of academic disciplines to explore the challenges of the rural digital economy. Activities in the Hub are organised around four rural challenges: healthcare, accessibility & mobilities, conservation of natural resources, enterprise & culture. Technology research to meet challenges in these areas is focused around natural language generation and affective communication, mechanisms to support reasoning, coordination and collaboration, intelligent information infrastructures, satellite and wireless communications. More details on the Hub its research activities and projects can be found on the website:

Internship Scheme

As part of its wider engagement with the academic community and impact agenda, dot.rural has introduced a summer internship scheme. This is designed to support students from outside dot.rural and the University of Aberdeen to spend time at the Hub. You will join a lively community of 23 PhD students already based in the Hub, working across a range of disciplines.

The duration of an internship is 10 weeks (full-time) and the scheme is aimed at currently registered postgraduate students, particularly PhD students. For PhD students who receive a stipend from their home university during the internship, a bursary of £300 per week will be available. For PhD students who suspend their stipend at their home university’s request, an enhanced bursary of £350 per week will be available. Internships will take place over Summer 2014.

University accommodation is available (at a cost to the intern) but is only available between 23 June and 30 August 2014.

Applications should be submitted by 5pm on 25 April 2014 by filling in the application form and uploading a CV. Applications will be considered by the Hub Directors and relevant other researchers in dot.rural. For queries relating to the scheme contact Dr Jennifer Holden (, 01224 274238).


Internships are only available to UK or EEA students, i.e. UK nationals at a UK university, EEA nationals at a UK university and EEA nationals at a EEA university. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the scheme and UKBA regulations, students on a Tier 4 visa at UK universities are not eligible to apply for internships.

Due to the nature of the funding for the internship scheme, students registered at the University of Aberdeen are not eligible.

Illustrative Topics

For the 2014 internships we are looking for interns to specify their own 10 week research project related to dot.rural’s current work or future priorities related to the Information Economy. Projects do not need to be rural in their focus and research areas could include (but are not limited to):

  • Social Media – Data Analytics (inc. Text-Mining), Curation
  • Internet of Things
  • Trust, Privacy & Risk
  • Digital Culture
  • Smart Cities
  • Climate Change, Risk & Vulnerability
  • Personal & Pervasive Health
  • Inclusive & Secure Societies

For more background information on the UK Government’s Information Economy strategy, see the report at


  • Deadline for Applications 25 April 2014
  • Decisions Announced 16 May 2014
  • Earliest Internship Start Date 23 June 2014

University Accommodation Available: 23 June to 30 August 2014 (Wavell House £17pppn) 14 July – 30 August (New Carnegie Court en suite £22.50 pppn) contact:

Residential Requirement

It is expected that internship students will be physically present in the Hub everyday during the working week, except when they are away on fieldwork and other meetings away from the Hub. Part of the internship is about spending time in a large interdisciplinary Hub and making the most of the networking opportunities and mentoring opportunities from postdoctoral researchers. Short-term accommodation is can be difficult to find in Aberdeen so it is highly recommended that internship students time their internship period with when university vacation accommodation is available.

Selection Criteria

Each application will be considered on its merits, with the following criteria being used to guide the selection process: academic excellence, fit between student and internship topic, potential for impact, and feedback from referees.

To Apply

To apply for a dot.rural internship please complete the online application form at As part of the application process you will be required to upload a 2 page CV (as pdf) and to supply the names for two referees. For PhD students one of these referees should be your lead supervisor. You will also be required to outline a possible internship project including possible academics and researchers you would work with.

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