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 a case study from a recent intern, Hannah Julienne, 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 

The next round of applications for the Medical Research Council scheme will open in autumn 2016. Please contact Naho Yamazaki ( or 020 3176 2168) with any queries related to this internship scheme. 

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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