Internship schemes

The Academy of Medical Sciences runs three-month policy internship schemes for PhD students who are funded by Wellcome 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 interns was interviewed by Research Fortnight about her experience.

MRC internship scheme 

The MRC scheme is now closed for 2016 applicants, the next round will be held in autumn 2017. Please contact Naho Yamazaki ( or 020 3141 3216) with any queries related to the MRC internship scheme.

Wellcome internship scheme

Applications for the next round of the Wellcome Trust scheme are now open. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 15 May 2017.

Wellcome Trust four-year PhD Programme students are invited to apply for three month policy internships with the Academy between October 2017 and September 2018. The scheme is open to students who will be in the third or fourth year of their studentship when their internship takes place. This means students can apply during their second year, as long as they will be completing the internship during their third or fourth years. To apply, candidates are asked to supply the following, which must be submitted in pdf format:

A completed 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, candidate eligibility, and how to apply are available in the flier and summary that can be downloaded on the right of this page, together with an application form. To read about the experiences of previous interns, please visit this page

Applications should be submitted electronically to Rachel Brown at the Academy of Medical Sciences: Please email Rachel with any queries.

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