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.
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 short article, of no more than 800 words in length, on a medical science policy topic.
The scheme is designed to give students first-hand experience of the research funding and career development sectors, and to build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and senior science and health stakeholders. The scheme is open to BBSRC-funded PhD students, who are expected to undertake a 3-month internship during their PhD through the Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) scheme.
The scheme offers the opportunity to undertake a three-month internship at the Academy offices in central London between January 2020 and December 2020