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MRC/Academy of Medical Sciences Policy Internship scheme

Applications now open

For a decade the MRC and the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) have partnered on a policy internship scheme.

The scheme, now in its 10th year, is open to all MRC-funded PhD students (based in a university, or MRC centre, unit or institute) in their third and fourth year of study, including clinicians undertaking a PhD as part of their MRC Clinical Research Training Award.

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

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At present (January 2021), the Academy is working remotely and the internships are being conducted “virtually”. Interns are working from home with support and supervision from AMS staff. The reopening of the AMS offices will be subject to Government guidance and consultation with staff, but when it is safe to reopen, interns would be based at the AMS offices in London. The successful interns will be supported by a three-month extension to their PhD maintenance stipend and an additional contribution to travel or relocation if the offices are open and intern is based outside of London. All eligible candidates will be assessed through a competitive application process. To be eligible to apply, students must have their supervisor’s support and confirm they are funded by the MRC. Agreement to provide a three-month extension to the candidates PhD maintenance stipend must be provided by the appropriate administration office with the signed approval of the budget holder.

The 2021/22 policy internship scheme will open for applications on 8 February 2021, closing at midnight on 8 March 2021. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in early April 2021.

Candidates will be asked to complete an online application form which should be submitted with a CV, a covering letter and an article of no more than 800 words on a topical science policy issue.

Please visit the AMS Policy Internship page for more information on how to apply, top tips for applications and to read case studies written by previous interns hosted at the Academy.