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 

Applications for the 2019/20 round of the Medical Research Council scheme are now open. The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 1 October 2018. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on Wednesday 7 November 2018.

The scheme, in its eighth year, offers MRC-funded PhD students the opportunity to undertake a three-month internship at the Academy offices between April 2019 and March 2020. 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 details on the scheme and application are available in the documents on the right side of this page, and from the MRC website. Please direct further questions, or competed applications, to Dr Naho Yamazaki (; 020 3141 3216).

Wellcome internship scheme

The 2018 round of the Wellcome internship has now closed for applications. The next round will open in the summer of 2019.

Please contact Rachel Brown at with any queries.


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