Oak Foundation and I-SPHERE Research Internship

Oak Foundation / I-SPHERE

Location Edinburgh

Position Full time 35 hours per week

Salary £20,130

Application deadline 14 September 2020
The application deadline for this role has passed

An independent research project

The research proposal is developed and delivered by the intern. Support, guidance and quality assurance is provided by Oak and I-SPHERE.  In addition, a high-level Research Advisory Group will be established with members who have significant expertise and interest in the research area.  We would especially welcome research proposals focused on areas of inequality in housing and homelessness.  However, will also consider proposals on wider areas of poverty, disadvantage and social justice that are relevant to the work of Oak and I-SPHERE.

Quality research proposals shall:

  • have clear, focused research questions 
  • offer new insights in areas where there is insufficient evidence  
  • have clear methods which can be quantitative and/or qualitative  
  • be both meaningful and achievable within the internship period.
  • be relevant to the problems faced by people directly affected by social and economic disadvantage, and in particular by housing-related challenges 

Heriot-Watt will publish the final research report at the end of the internship period and promote the findings, with the assistance of the Research Advisory Group. 

You can find information on the work of previous interns at


  • An excellent undergraduate degree in a social science or arts and humanities discipline
  • Applicants should be competent social researchers with a background in a social science or arts and humanities discipline
  • Self-motivated with strong research skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good team player with good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to identify and analyse difficult problems
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness to undertake travel as required
  • Have a passion for social justice issues and a commitment to understanding the root causes, with a particular interest in listening to the voices of the people directly affected. 

Terms of internship

Interns are paid the London living wage.

Interns can be based anywhere in the UK but will be required to travel (in accordance with travel restrictions) to the Oak Foundation office in London and to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh from time to time.

Interns will normally work 35 hours per week, with a holiday entitlement of 21 days over the nine-month period. 

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website:

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