Career development opportunities for MRC students


MRC – Academy of Medical Sciences policy internship

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.


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.


To be eligible to apply, students must have their supervisor’s support and confirm they are funded by 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 2023 opportunity for applications is now closed. Please keep an eye out for opportunities in early 2024.

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: 28 July 2023

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