Grants and Programmes Internship

The Academy of Medical Sciences London United Kingdom Biomedical Grants and Policy

Company Description

The Academy of Medical Sciences ( is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society. The Academy’s elected Fellows are the UK’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and public service. We work with them to promote excellence, develop talented researchers, influence research and policy nationally and internationally and encourage dialogue about the medical sciences.

We achieve this by being comprised of dedicated teams working in science policy, communications and career development, with the latter providing research funding, mentorship and other career support schemes for early- and mid-career researchers. The Academy is an authoritative voice on the development of training and career pathways and a source of inspiration, information and personal support for biomedical researchers. 


What the internship scheme provides 

The scheme will:
•    Provide future researchers and academic leaders with a deeper understanding of the UK and international grant review process and career development support programmes, gaining a valuable insight into the wider funding landscape at a critical and exciting time.
•    Allow interns to gain insights into all aspects of the Academy’s work and experience working in a non-research focussed organisation, including learning about the management of research funding, organising events, science communications and biomedical research policy. 
•    Allow interns to develop a wider network of contacts, both through their access to the Academy’s prestigious Fellowship and work with other Academy stakeholders, such as the UK National Academies.
•    Provide opportunities for BBSRC PhD students to develop valuable transferable skills and to enhance their CVs.
•    The intern will be embedded within the Academy’s Careers Team and, as an early career researcher, will provide valuable perspective in the development of our schemes and programmes.

Activity of interns
During the 3 month internship, the intern will be involved in a wide variety of activities that will provide them with experience in the management of research funding and career development programmes within the biomedical research field. The intern will be involved in tasks that are consistent with the role of a Grants Officer and a Programme Officer at the Academy and will lead on discrete projects with the support of the wider Careers Team. The range of activities the intern might be involved in include:
•    Supporting our growing portfolio of grant schemes, including assessing eligibility of applicants, identifying peer reviewers, attending decision-making Panel meetings and preparing feedback to the applicants. 
•    Supporting the delivery of our career development programmes, including our flagship mentoring scheme. 
•    Assisting in the organisation and delivery of workshops, conferences and other career development events, e.g. arranging venues, preparing conference materials, helping to co-ordinate activities on the day. 
•    Contributing to the publicity and communications strategy of the Careers Team, including social media activities, a regular electronic bulletin, news stories and blog posts for the website.
•    Liaising with the Academy’s Fellowship, external stakeholders, funders and other professional bodies.

Structure of the scheme
Four internships will be offered in three-month time blocks from January 2020 to December 2020. Candidates are invited to indicate their preferred time to undertake the placement, although we cannot guarantee the timing of placements.

The three-month internships will be full-time positions based at the Academy’s offices at 41 Portland Place, London. To facilitate this time away from research, the students’ stipend is covered during the 3-month internship as part of their BBSRC funding. Complementary hot lunches are available on site Monday-Thursday. Expenses to attend any external meetings, requested by the Academy, will be provided.

Each intern will be allocated a supervisor from among the Academy staff who will:
•    Provide line management and guidance.
•    Conduct entry and exit interviews.
•    Co-ordinate review of the work produced by the intern.
•    Carry out relevant administration in accordance with the Academy’s Human Resources policies. 




The scheme is open to all BBSRC funded PhD students. BBSRC students are normally able to undertake a 3-month internship between the second and third year of study through the Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) scheme. 

Applications must be endorsed by each student’s primary PhD project supervisor. Candidates must ensure that they leave enough time to secure this endorsement before they submit their application.

Placements on the scheme are allocated on a competitive basis so withdrawal from the scheme once a place is accepted is likely to result in another potential intern being denied the opportunity to participate.  

Selection criteria
•    Excellent written and verbal communications skills
•    Attention to detail
•    Team player
•    Excellent IT skills
•    Good literacy and Numeracy skills
•    Able to plan own work to ensure maximum effectiveness and prioritises to ensure tasks completed within deadline.
•    Considers differing audiences and adapts communication style accordingly.
•    Networks effectively with stakeholders internally and externally.

Other information

Application procedure 
Candidates are asked to supply – all in pdf format:
•    A completed application form (please download the form below) that includes a personal statement describing their reasons for application as well as an endorsement and a supporting statement from their supervisor.
•    A CV.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview with a selection panel of Academy staff. 

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 21 Ocotber 2019. 

Interviews will be conducted on Friday 9 November. Successful candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application within two weeks of the interview date.  

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