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 2017 round of the MRC internship has now closed for applications. The next round will open in 2018.

Further details on the scheme  are available in the documents on the right side of this page, and from the MRC website. Please direct further questions to Dr Mehwaesh Islam (; 020 3141 3240).

 Wellcome internship scheme

Applications for the next round of the Wellcome Trust scheme are now open. The deadline for applications is Monday 21 May 2018.

Wellcome Trust four-year PhD Programme students are invited to apply for three month policy internships with the Academy, which will take place between October 2018 and September 2019.

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. Please note, the scheme can also be undertaken in the three-month period immediately following the end of a student’s fourth year.

To apply, you are asked to supply the following:

  • A completed application form, including an endorsement and a supporting statement from your supervisor, and an endorsement by your Programme sponsor (the PhD Programme Director).
  • A short covering letter briefly describing your 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 (including eligibility criteria) and the documents needed to apply are available to download from the right hand side of this page.

Please note, the three-month internships will be full-time positions based at the Academy’s offices at 41 Portland Place, London. Students will be supported by a three-month extension to their Wellcome Trust PhD stipend while they are based at the Academy. Further financial support to cover travel or subsistence costs will be decided on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of £2000 per intern and subject to agreement by the Academy and Wellcome Trust. In certain circumstances, we will consider exceeding this limit if candidates can provide documentary evidence of the costs incurred above £2000.

Please contact Rachel Brown: or 020 3141 3223 with any queries related to Wellcome Trust internship scheme.


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