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 investments programme
  • a broader general programme.

Investments programme

As an independent global charity we fund our grants and other activities from an £18 billion investment portfolio.

In your first year as a member of our investment team, you’ll learn the basics of financial markets and investment analysis. You'll also learn how Wellcome's long-term investment philosophy generates returns to support our mission. 

In your second year you may be able to gain commercial experience working with one of the companies we invest in. Alternatively, you might work in another part of Wellcome that interests you – such as Innovations, Insight and Analysis or even Science.

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

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.

We can't consider your application if you:

  • have any qualification beyond a Master's degree
  • graduated before 2016.

What we're looking for

Our programmes are development programmes, designed to give you opportunities to learn on the job, and 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 both 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.

  • Focus on 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

Applications for the 2017 investments programme are now open and will remain open until 11.59pm on Friday 4 November. Please click here to apply.

You can find out more about our programme by attending our open evening which will take place on Monday 10 October from 6pm – 8pm. You must register to attend. Please click here to find out more and to register for the event.

Applications for the 2017 graduate development programme will open on 3 October and will close on 25 November 2016. If you would like to find out more about the programme there will be an open evening on 24 October from 6pm – 8pm. You must register to attend. Registrations will open on Monday 3 October.

The application process for both programmes will consist of:

  • an online application form, including situational judgement test
  • a video interview 
  • an assessment centre, which will take place in December for the investments programme and in January for the general programme.

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. Kalaiyashni, 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)
Working in investments is a great experience: you learn so much about the broad range of businesses and funds that we invest in. The team are really supportive and help you to get involved in investment decisions from day one. Tim, 2015 graduate (studied Economics)
The investments team created a really positive, constructive environment for me to develop as a graduate. The strength of the team and the portfolio meant there were always new (often surprising) opportunities to challenge and learn from. Katharine, 2015 graduate (studied Geography)