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.

Our programmes 

There are two different streams in our graduate programme:

  • a general programme
  • a specific investments programme.

Both streams are full time.

General graduate development programme 

This is a two year programme designed to enable you to experience different teams from across Wellcome ranging from Research and Policy to Support functions and the Wellcome Collection enabling you to better understand each area and how they all work together in support of our new Strategy. Throughout your time on the programme, you will be able to develop core transferable skills.

This will next be open for applications in September 2023 with more information to follow.

Investments programme

As an independent global charity we fund our grants and other activities from a £38 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 and contribute ideas.

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 
  • 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 former 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 Bridges, Investment Analyst)

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. 

The salary is £33,000 in the first year. This will be reviewed in the second year. 

This will next be open for applications in September 2023.

Diversity and inclusion 

Diversity and inclusion underpins everything we do. As such, we welcome graduate applications from a diverse range of individuals and we work to ensure that our recruitment process is as inclusive as possible. Find out more about diversity and inclusion at Wellcome.

Adjustments for applicants

No one should face barriers when applying to work at Wellcome. We’re keen to make sure our application process is accessible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. Email Nicole Randal, Early Careers Manager, at, to find out how we can support you.

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