Internship schemes

The Academy of Medical Sciences runs three-month policy internship schemes for PhD students who are funded by the Wellcome Trust or the Medical Research Council.

Students spend three months at the Academy offices in central London. The scheme is designed to give students first-hand experience of the medical science policy environment, to gain insights into how research can impact on policy, and to build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and key science and health stakeholders. Interns are supported by a three-month extension to their PhD stipend.

Interns carry out a range of activities during their time with the Academy. Please see case studies from recent interns, Hannah Julienne and Elly Tyler, for examples.Two of our 2014 interns also produced ten top tips for policy interns; and one of our 2013 Wellcome Trust interns was interviewed by Research Fortnight about her experience.

MRC internship scheme 

Applications for the next round of the Medical Research Council scheme are now open. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 23 October 2016.

The scheme, in its sixth year, offers MRC-funded PhD students the opportunity to undertake a three month internship at the Academy offices between April 2017 and March 2018. The scheme is open to all MRC-funded PhD students (based in a university, unit or institute) in their third and fourth years of study including clinicians undertaking a PhD as part of their MRC Clinical Research Training Award.

To apply, candidates are asked to supply the following, which must be submitted in pdf format:

  • An application form, including an endorsement and a supporting statement from their supervisor, and an endorsement by the Programme sponsor (the PhD Programme Director).
  • A short covering letter briefly describing their reasons for application.
  • A CV.
  • A short article, of no more than 800 words in length, on a medical science policy topic (further information is provided in the document downloads on the right).

Further details on the scheme are available in the documents on the right side of this page, and from the MRC website. Please submit further questions, or completed applications, to Dr Ben Bleasdale (; 020 3141 3219). 

Wellcome Trust internship scheme

The Wellcome Trust scheme is now closed for 2016 applicants, the next round will be held in spring 2017. Please contact Catherine Luckin ( or 020 3176 2166) with any queries related to Wellcome Trust internship scheme.

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