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.

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

What we offer

There are two different streams in our graduate programme:

  • a specific investments programme
  • a broader general programme.

Both streams are full time. 

Investments programme

As an independent global charity we fund our grants and other activities from a £26 billion investment portfolio.

As a member of Wellcome’s Investments team you’ll undertake investment analysis, learn about financial markets, develop your investment judgment, and understand how our long-term philosophy seeks to generate returns to support Wellcome’s mission. 

You will have a front row seat at the team’s weekly Investment Decision Meeting, regularly chaired by our Chief Investment Officer, where all the key portfolio decisions are debated and made. Through this, and through interacting with other members of the team, you will get substantial exposure to financial markets and the various asset classes in which Wellcome invests.

Our programme suits people who can think on their feet, enjoy being challenged and are motivated to try new things a contribute ideas.

Training and development

Soon after joining the team, you will map out a personal development plan with your manager. This plan will set out your specific training and development goals, to be obtained both through experience and through relevant training from internal and external providers. Suggested areas of training include, but are not limited to, the below:

  • Investment Management Certificate (IMC) qualification 
  • basic financial analysis and modelling 
  • public speaking and presentation skills
  • debating and negotiation skills.

Graduates benefit hugely from being a part of the Investments team weekly meeting from day one, where all the most important decisions about the portfolio are discussed and debated. 

As one graduate commented: "There are three things that set the Wellcome investments graduate scheme apart: fascinating projects across a broad range of sectors and asset classes; learning to think in the truly long term; and the fact that all this varied, exciting work is contributing to an incredible mission. That is why I was thrilled to be offered a full-time role." (Ailsa, 2017 graduate)

Soon after joining you will also be assigned a mentor to help you navigate your career development and make the most out of your time at Wellcome. 

General programme

We want your experience on our general graduate development programme to be varied and fulfilling. You’ll have the opportunity to work in a broad range of Wellcome’s activities, for example:

  • Communications
  • Digital and technology
  • Education and learning
  • Facilities and workplace
  • Grants
  • Humanities and social science
  • Innovations
  • Insight and analysis
  • Policy
  • People
  • Public engagement
  • Science
  • Wellcome Collection.

In this programme you can do four rotations during your two years here.

Who can apply

You can apply if you:

  • have an undergraduate or Master's degree (2:2 or above)
  • expect to complete your studies one year before or in the same year as the programme start date
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • are an international student who is on a student visa that is valid at the start date of the graduate programme.

We can't consider your application if you:

  • have any qualification beyond a Master's degree
  • completed your studies more than 15 months before the start of the graduate programme
  • have a gap between your undergraduate and Master's degree of more than a year.

What we're looking for

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

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

  • Building relationships

On the general programme your rotations will place you in several departments, each working with others across the organisation. On the general and investment programes you’ll need to build relationships at all levels, and show 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 and bring a fresh perspective.

  • Initiative and drive

Our mission is very ambitious – to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We expect you to take the same attitude to your own development, setting yourself high standards and striving to excel.

  • Flexibility and adaptability

On both programmes you’ll experience several roles and projects. So you'll need to be adaptable as you work with different teams – for example, paying close attention to detail but also being able to think about the bigger picture.

  • Delivering results

You'll need to be able to make decisions, solve problems and see a task through to completion.

  • Presenting and communicating

We recognise the value of hearing diverse views, one of which will be yours. On the investments programme you'll be expected to express your opinion and contribute to our decision-making process.

On both programmes you'll be analysing information, and writing and presenting to various audiences in a clear, concise and persuasive way.

How to apply

Investments programme 2020

Applications for the 2020 programme have now closed. Applications for the 2021 programme will open in September 2020.

General programme 2020

Applications for the 2020 programme have now closed. Applications for the 2021 programme will open in October 2020.

For any general questions about the graduate programme, please email Natalie Hannan, Wellcome's early careers manager.

What the grads say

"In an organisation as diverse as Wellcome, it could be the most varied two years of your whole career." (Isabel, 2018 graduate. Studied Natural Sciences)

"I’ve learnt a massive amount about my strengths and weaknesses, but more importantly I’ve learnt about what roles I enjoy, and I’ve begun to develop ideas about what kind of shape I’d like my career to take in the future." (Aidan, 2017 graduate. Studied Drama and Sociology)

"I really like the flexibility of the graduate programme. It feels like real effort is made to tailor the scheme to your personal interests and career development." (Charlotte, 2016 graduate, studied Social Anthropology)