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The MRC DTP anticipates our students will contribute to society and the economy through successful careers in a variety of roles across job sectors. We encourage and support our students to develop a wide range of skills and abilities. To enable professional development the DTP works closely with organisations such as the Cabinet Office and The Academy of Medical Sciences to provide internship and placement opportunities for our students.

3-month internship in the Academy Communications Team 

The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. The elected Fellows are the UK’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and the public service. The mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society, by securing a future in which:  

  • UK and global health is improved by the best research. 
  • The UK leads the world in biomedical and health research, and is renowned for the quality of its research outputs, talent and collaborations.  
  • Independent, high quality medical science advice informs the decisions that affect society. 
  • More people have a say in the future of health and research. 

The Academy’s work focusses on four key objectives, promoting excellence, developing talented researchers, influencing research and policy and engaging patients, the public and professionals. 


 Internship details 

The MRC DTP are collaborating with the Academy Communications Team to pilot a 3-month fully funded internship. The internship will give hands on experience of a number of science communication activities – including working alongside team members responsible for media relations, web and social media, promoting diversity in medical science, events, public affairs, print publications and brand. Depending on Academy work programmes at the time, there will be opportunity to work on at least two comprehensive communications projects, for example: 

  • A policy report launch – this may involve liaison with our policy team, experience of writing articles for the website, building a bank of social media assets or creating a communications pack for external stakeholders. 
  • Media relations – this may involve supporting a member of the communications team to work on a press release, reactive statement or press briefing. 
  • Event planning – this may involve supporting a member of the communications team to run an Academy event across the UK. 
  • Digital campaign project management – this may involve liaising with our careers or policy team to create web copy and digital assets to highlight an important area of Academy work. 
  • Public engagement or dialogue – this may involve supporting a member of the communications team to develop or deliver a public engagement project.  
  • Increasing diversity in medical science – working to support events, media or digital activity that aim to increase diversity in medical science.  
  • Innovation scoping – this may involve conducting scoping and background research for future Academy activities such as exploring new types of web articles or developing new communications activities such as podcasting. 

More details to be found in the application document.

Application Process 

Please refer to the application document for more details on the application process.

 Please submit all applications to the MRC DTP Team (mrc-dtp@kcl.ac.uk) by Sunday 1st September (23:59 GMT).  

Please contact the MRC DTP Team if you have any questions about this opportunity.

A new and exciting opportunity for UKRI and Canadian doctoral students to participate in a UK-Canada research exchange scheme. Supported by UKRI and Mitacs, up to 200 UK doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to develop into global citizens, with international competencies, during 12-week research placements in Canadian universities; a similar number of Canadian students will visit UK universities.

UKRI has partnered with Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years, to deliver the £2.5 million programme.

Opening for applications in autumn 2019, the UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme will support travel, living and research costs for the students in their chosen field of study.

Following a competitive application process, the first exchanges will take place from April 2020.

The scheme is just one outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by UKRI and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) last year to partner on collaborative, jointly-funded research and innovation programmes.

It supports the UK Government’s target of 2.4% GDP spend in R&D by 2027, helping the UK make the most of its world-class research, supporting its researchers to stay at the cutting edge, forge international collaborations, and encourage global talent to work in the UK.

The scheme will be open to UKRI-funded and Canadian doctoral students working in all areas. For UKRI students, Globalink Research Placements are currently available at over 45 universities across Canada in a variety of academic disciplines from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

More information about Mitacs can be found here, including details and testimonies from those who have taken part previously.  Details on how to apply will be available from September 2019.

For all enquiries, please contact UKRIGlobalink@ukri.org

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