Internship schemes

The Academy of Medical Sciences runs three-month funded internship schemes for PhD students in policy and careers at our offices in central London.

Our policy internship 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. Policy internships are open to PhD students funded by Wellcome or the Medical Research Council. 

Interns carry out a range of activities during their time with the Academy. Please see our internship case studies for some examples, and our ten top tips for policy interns article, written by two former interns.

MRC internship scheme 

Applications for the 2019/20 round of the Medical Research Council scheme are now open. The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 21 October 2019. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on Wednesday 6 November 2019.

The scheme, in its ninth year, offers MRC-funded PhD students the opportunity to undertake a three-month internship at the Academy offices between April 2020 and March 2021. 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.

Applications should be submitted via our online portal, where further details on the scheme and application are available. You can also find our more on the MRC website. Please direct further questions, or completed applications, to Dr Tom Livermore (; 020 3141 3220).

Wellcome internship scheme
The Wellcome internship scheme is now closed for 2019 applicants. The next round will be held in spring 2020. Please contact Dr Sarah Ritchie at with any queries.

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