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.

The next programme is scheduled to start on 2 September 2019.

There are two different streams in our graduate programme:

  • a specific investments programme
  • a broader general programme.

Both streams are full time with a salary of £26,000 in year one and £27,500 in year two. 

Investments programme

As an independent global charity we fund our grants and other activities from a £23 billion investment portfolio.

As a member of our Investments team, you’ll learn about financial markets, investment analysis and how our long-term philosophy generates performance returns to support Wellcome’s work.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with other graduates and apprentices to suggest ways to improve Wellcome as part of the annual Truell Challenge.

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

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 to gain all-round experience, or you may be more specialised, working in funding and policy, engagement and communications or business operations. In this programme you can do four rotations during your two years here.

The rotations available are:

  • The Central Team seeks to drive Wellcome’s mission by providing leadership, challenge, coordination and support. To develop and support delivery of specific strategic initiatives.

    We are a small team, but work collaboratively across the organisation to facilitate the development of major new strategic initiatives. As a graduate you will be actively involved in researching new ideas, gathering internal and external input, testing ideas and making evidence-based recommendations to inform the scope of new initiatives.

    A recent graduate placement involved helping in the development of the newly launched £250 million Wellcome Leap Fund that will place big bets on ambitious research programmes with the potential to fundamentally change science or transform health. 

    A rotation in the Central Team will allow you to develop a broad set of skills – from your ability to think creatively, analyse and summarise information and communicate effectively to your ability to facilitate small groups, manage and influence key stakeholders and proactively manage projects.

  • To enhance Wellcome’s mission and strategy, the Communications team works to inform, inspire and engage internal and external audiences with our continuing involvement in science and health.

    We have various teams working on creating content for our website, intranet and social media channels, running the busy press office, publishing stories for Mosaic, our online science magazine, and attending to the creative management of our brand. It’s a fast-paced and reactive environment – you will often be working on a range of projects at any one time.

    Graduates get involved with publication of our bi-monthly, all-staff newsletter, write press releases, help to manage Wellcome's social media accounts, and organise internal events.

    A rotation in the Communications team will develop your skills in digital marketing, social media management, writing and editing, project management and stakeholder management.

  • The Culture & Society (C&S) Directorate is responsible for driving the vision of Wellcome’s Culture & Society Division. A small team, the C&S Directorate reaches its objectives by providing leadership, challenge and support for strategic initiatives across the different teams within Culture & Society.

    Projects in the Directorate come from all teams within C&S, and recent graduates have been involved in organising and facilitating C&S funding committees, divisional meetings and steering groups, providing support to residents of the Wellcome Hub, and representing Wellcome at external  events.

    A rotation in the C&S Directorate will allow you to work with a range of Wellcome colleagues at different levels across the organisation, and develop your skills in communication, influencing, project management and presentation.

  • The ever-evolving Digital and Technology (D&T) department is accountable for developing and delivering D&T initiatives across Wellcome.

    D&T is home to various sub-teams including: Digital Strategy & Innovation, Software Development, Business Engagement, Change & Transformation, Administration, and Service and Architecture.

    Recent graduate projects have involved working on an Apple Mac upgrade with Office 2016, digitalisation of our meeting rooms and heading up the rollout of a specialist password manager software.

    A rotation in D&T will enable you to learn how best to apply project management principles to deliver projects using different methodologies, to work on a range of hardware and software products, and to improve your technical infrastructure knowledge.

  • The Education and Learning team has a longstanding enthusiasm for and commitment to ensuring an excellent science education for all young people, inside and outside school. We take an evidence-based approach and are committed to widening opportunities for all young people.

    A recent graduate project was working on the launch of a major funding scheme in partnership with BBC Children in Need. This included helping to develop the scheme, creating communication materials, and organising and running largescale regional events across the UK.

    A rotation in Education and Learning will develop your skills in managing budgets, organisation, communication and stakeholder management. You'll also develop a good understanding of the UK's education system, the major challenges it is facing, and how Wellcome is working to address these.

  • The Facilities and Workplace team is responsible for managing, operating and improving Wellcome’s buildings to ensure the safety and comfort of colleagues and visitors.

    We work with our service partners to provide a workplace that enables different ways of working and we’re continually seeking innovative ways to improve the service we offer.

    We cover all aspects of the buildings’ day-to-day running – from catering, cleaning, security and maintenance to the gym and building projects.

    Recent graduate projects have included exploring new environmentally friendly products and technologies to reduce Wellcome's environmental impact, improving the acoustic performance, audio-visual infrastructure and lighting of meeting rooms, and exploring how air quality can be measured for staff and objects in Wellcome Collection.

    A rotation in the Facilities and Workplace team will develop your skills in project management, stakeholder engagement and management, communication, teamwork and problem solving.

     

  • Wellcome spends over £800 million a year on grants across three areas – Science, Culture and Society, and Innovations.

    The Grants Management team works to manage grant application processes throughout the entire grant lifecycle, from advising potential applicants to post-award grant management.

    Graduates working in the team learn how awards are made and gain an understanding of how to manage a grant and the administration behind this process. Graduates are exposed to a broad range of our grant-related activity and gain an appreciation of the skills required to succeed in a key central business role.

    A rotation in Grants Management will develop your skills in data analysis and presentation, verbal and written communication, stakeholder management, analysis and research, and you will learn how to work independently within a larger team.

  • The Humanities and Social Science team funds research to help advance understanding of the social, cultural and historical contexts of medicine, health and wellbeing.

    We’ve funded work on the ethics of public health emergencies like Ebola and Zika, the social and legal implications of developments in neuroscience and genetic medicine, as well as major histories of the NHS, malaria and the global drug trade.

    A recent graduate worked on a project examining the merits and limitations of research conducted on museum collections and using museum spaces, as well as a re-evaluation of our strategy for collecting research outputs.

    A rotation in Humanities and Social Science will develop your capacity to work independently, and your skills in analysis, organisation, project management, writing and presentation.

  • Innovations work with people and organisations around the world to develop disruptive technologies, products and interventions that advance science and improve human health.

    The team consists of people with varied backgrounds in science, business development and management, law and finance, which makes it a great work environment as everyone has a different perspective.

    Recent graduate projects include researching treatments for diseases caused by parasitic worms, scoring and reviewing applications to our Innovator Awards, and engaging with scientists to encourage them to think about how their research can impact health.

    A rotation in Innovations will improve your presentation, teamwork, and analytical and research skills.

  • The Insight and Analysis team delivers new ‘insight’ or understanding of the accomplishments achieved through Wellcome's funding, activities and strategic partnerships, and provides rigorous evidence to support decision making throughout Wellcome.

    The team is also responsible for producing an annual analysis of Wellcome's progress and accomplishments in relation to our strategic framework, and helps to identify potential strategic priorities for the future.

    A recent graduate project involved working with the Our Planet, Our Health team to create a detailed qualitative analysis of grant applications to provide context for future decisions.

    A rotation in Insight and Analysis will develop your technical skills in quantitative and qualitative research, and your softer skills in effective communication and managing relationships.

  • The Policy team influences organisations, policy and legislation to create a great environment for research and to tackle global health challenges.

    The team works with a wide range of partners – including governments, research funders, learned societies, charities and organisations – to build strong relationships in the UK, Europe and globally.

    Graduates in the UK & EU Policy team have worked on projects collecting and publishing evidence on investment in research, updating colleagues on political developments such as Brexit, and working with Parliament and key stakeholders.

    Graduates in the Global Policy team have worked on projects preparing case studies on policy engagement, coordinating the launch of a review of global health research and researching different funders approaches to access to healthcare.

    A rotation in the Policy team will help to develop your skills in research and analysis, written and verbal communication, prioritisation and project management.

  • The People team consists of human resources (business partners, recruitment, systems and operations), diversity and inclusion, reward, transformational development, continuous improvement and travel teams.

    As a group we ensure that Wellcome considers the people implications of everything it does, and we use our expertise in areas such as employee development, reward, recruitment and retention to help Wellcome achieve its vision and mission.

    Graduates will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and to experience day-to-day operational issues, including gathering data for our annual staff survey, supporting our volunteering seasons and attending campus recruitment events. 

    A rotation in the People team will develop your skills in stakeholder management, project management, written and verbal communication, and time management.

  • The Public Engagement team believes that if the public – by which we mean individuals, communities and society – are actively involved in our work, then Wellcome will be more likely to succeed in its mission and will become even more accountable. 

    Recent graduates have been involved in projects including working on a portfolio review of international engagement funding, helping to review the grant evaluation process, producing a video for an online international engagement network and producing a report on how scientists engage with the public.

    A rotation in the Public Engagement team will build your skills in project management, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, video editing and writing for different audiences.

  • The Science team is responsible for catalysing outstanding science and maximising its health impacts.

    We support broad range of research across basic, population health and clinical sciences, both in the UK and low-and-middle income countries. By understanding the global scientific landscape, we identify areas of exciting scientific progress or unmet need which Wellcome could help advance.

    Recent graduates have reviewed our funding schemes, and undertaken subject-specific research identifying and addressing gaps in our portfolio.

    Along with learning about our portfolio of research, a rotation in Science will build skills in stakeholder engagement, research, analysis, and project management. You will also have the opportunity to interact and engage with the research community.

  • Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health by creating opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art.

    We do this through contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, lively public events, broadcast and art partnerships and through publishing books and digital stories. Our critically acclaimed venue also offers a Reading Room, library, café, shop, restaurant and conference facilities.

    There are diverse opportunities for graduates to work across the different areas of Wellcome Collection including Operations, Public Programmes, Digital Engagement, and Collections and Research.

    Recent graduate activities have included:

    • project managing the production of marketing materials for large and small events including Friday Late events and a collaborative weekend of events with the BBC
    • audience research for exhibitions and events
    • organising user consultation sessions to improve accessibility in future exhibition design
    • helping with curatorial research for upcoming exhibitions
    • helping researchers and the wider public access, understand and use our collections in their work
    • project managing strategy and policy development.

    We are also interested in graduates who would like to work with our Digital Engagement team on user research, interface testing and analytics, editorial content commissioning and production, and data modelling and machine learning (subject to knowledge and skills).

    A rotation in Wellcome Collection will develop your skills in project management, data analysis and presentation, print and digital communications, networking and budgeting and enhance your understanding of working in an audience-focused environment.

You can apply if you:

  • have an undergraduate or Master's degree (2:2 or above)
  • expect to complete your studies in 2018 or 2019
  • will be available from 2 September 2019
  • 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 2018
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We’re looking for graduates who are keen to get to grips with a range of different challenges and bring a fresh perspective.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

     

  • 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.

Investments programme

Applications for the 2019 investments programme have now closed.

General programme

Applications for the 2019 programme are open until 23 November 2018.

The application process is: online application form; video interview; assessment centre on five dates in January and February.

If you have any questions, please email Natalie Hannan, Wellcome's early careers manager.

"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)
"You have something to add, whatever background you have."
Kalaiyashni, 2015 graduate (studied Psychology)

Development programme Q&As

If you'd like to find out more about the 2019 general programme, you can watch our Q&A on YouTube.

You can also watch graduates and their Wellcome colleagues explain more about the programme in the videos below. Please note that the dates in these videos refer to previous deadlines – you should submit your application by the 2018 deadline in the 'How to apply' section above. 

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