Graduate development programme

Our two-year graduate development programme is your opportunity, as an enterprising, motivated recent graduate or Master's graduate, to help deliver Wellcome’s mission to improve health.

During the programme you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals in a range of areas across Wellcome. These include funding, policy, finance, investments, public engagement, communications and operations.

What we offer

There are two different streams in our graduate programme:

  • a specific finance and investments programme
  • a broader general programme.

Finance and investments programme

As an independent global charity we fund our grants and other activities from an £18bn investments portfolio – not from donations.

Working as a member of our finance and investments teams over the course of your first year, you’ll learn how to invest to support our spending over the long term and how we support the delivery of our grants globally.

As well as Finance and Investments, you may also gain experience in our Innovations, Insight and Analysis, Science, HR, Facilities Management or IT teams.

General programme

We want your experience on our general programme to be varied and fulfilling.

You’ll have the opportunity to work in a broad range of Wellcome’s work to gain all-round experience, or you may be more specialised, working in funding and policy, engagement and communications or business operations.

Rotations available on the general programme are:

  • Communications
  • Culture & Society
  • Education and Learning
  • Engaging Science
  • Facilities Management
  • Grants Management
  • Policy
  • HR
  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Innovations
  • Insight and Analysis
  • IT
  • Science
  • Wellcome Collection (Public Programmes/Business and Operations)
  • Wellcome Library.

Who can apply

You can apply if you:

  • have an undergraduate or Master's degree (2:2 or above)
  • expect to graduate in 2016 or 2017
  • will be available from September 2017
  • have the right to work in the UK.

What we're looking for

Our programme is a development programme, designed to give you opportunities to learn on the job, and develop and hone your skills in a variety of areas. 

It suits candidates who enjoy being challenged, are excited by trying new things and can come up with fresh ideas.

  • Building relationships

    Your rotations will place you in several departments, each working with others across the organisation. You’ll need to build relationships at all levels and demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Creativity and innovation

    We’re looking for graduates who are keen to get to grips with a range of different challenges, find out about the specifics of each team's work and bring a fresh perspective to everything.

  • Initiative and drive

    Our vision - of improving health by supporting bright minds in science, the humanities and social sciences, and public engagement - is very ambitious. We expect you to take the same attitude to your own development, setting yourself high standards and striving to excel.

  • Flexibility and adaptability

    During your time at Wellcome, you’ll occupy a number of different roles. So you'll need to be adaptable - for instance, paying close attention to detail but also being able to see the bigger picture.

  • Focus on delivering results

    Whether working on an internal or public-facing project, you should be able to make decisions, solve problems and see a task through to completion.


  • Presenting and communicating

    Many of our rotations will involve analysing information, and writing and presenting to a variety of audiences in a clear, concise way.

How to apply

Applications for the 2016 graduate development programme are now closed.

Applications for the 2017 programme will open in the autumn. 

If you have any questions about the programme, please email Natalie Hannan, graduate manager.

Grads' experiences

You have something to add, whatever background you have. Kal, 2015 graduate (studied Psychology)
I don’t think I realised how much impact Wellcome has on the world. Emily, 2014 graduate (studied Biology)
The best thing about it is the ability to shape the scheme and decide what you want to do when you get here. That sets it apart from other grad schemes. Calum, 2014 graduate (studied Chemical Engineering)