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MRC / Academy of Medical Sciences policy internship scheme

The MRC has partnered with the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) for more than a decade to offer this prestigious policy internship scheme to MRC students.

The scheme is open to all MRC-funded PhD students who are based in a university or MRC centre, unit or institute, and who are in their third or fourth year of study. This includes clinicians undertaking a PhD as part of their MRC clinical research training fellowship.

The scheme is designed to:

  • give students first-hand experience of the medical science policy environment
  • enable them to gain insights into how research can impact policy
  • provide an opportunity to help build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and key science and health stakeholders.

Funding

Successful interns will be supported by a three-month extension to their PhD stipend. They will get an additional contribution to travel or relocation if the intern is based outside of London.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, students must have their supervisor’s support and confirm they are funded by the MRC. The appropriate administration office must agree to provide a three-month extension to the candidate’s PhD stipend. The budget holder must give their signed approval.

All eligible candidates will be assessed through a competitive application process.

How to apply

The 2021 policy internship scheme is now closed. The 2022 scheme is expected to open for applications in February or March 2022

Candidates complete an online application form which must be submitted with a CV, a covering letter and an endorsement or supporting statement from their supervisor. Candidates may also be required to provide a written piece on a topical science policy issue.

Please visit the AMS policy internships page for more information, top tips for applications and to read case studies written by previous interns hosted at the Academy.

Last updated: 15 November 2021

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