Internships & Opportunities

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.


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The Medical Research Council & The Academy of Medical Sciences

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) have teamed up to offer a policy internship scheme.

The scheme, in its ninth year, offers:

MRC-funded PhD students the opportunity to undertake a three-month internship at the Academy offices in central London. The successful interns will join the Academy’s policy team to lead on a piece of policy work such as a consultation response, and to assist with ongoing policy projects, delivering workshops and stakeholder and parliamentary liaison. 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. Application forms and further details on eligibility and how the scheme is financed are available online. Application forms should be submitted with a CV, a covering letter and an article of no more than 800 words on a topical science policy issue.

Applications will be welcomed from the 3 September 2019 until midnight 21 October 2019.

Interviews will take place on 6 November 2019.

For more information visit the MRC website at:

For details of the application process visit the AMS website at:

UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme Placement 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.

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