Hansard Scholars outside the Palace of Westminster

Hansard Scholars outside the Palace of Westminster

For almost  30 years the Hansard Society’s prestigious Hansard Scholars Programmes have been bringing undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals from around the world to study and experience British politics from the inside.

The Programme continues to offer undergraduates from all over the world but primarily the US, the opportunity to learn about British politics from the heart of the British political establishment.

Unfortunately, due to changes in UK immigration rules and scholarship funding, we are no longer offering a Postgraduate Programme. 

Our unique programmes, which fuse taught courses with a political placement, aim at providing our Scholars with the rigorous academic background and sharp professional insights necessary to take the next step in their careers in politics, public service, law, commerce and the third sector. 

All of our Scholars’ interests and ambitions are carefully considered on an individual basis, allowing us to design a specialised programme that facilitates the long term goals of each Scholar.

For more information about our programmes, use the navigation menu above or contact the Scholars team.

Two Scholarship awards are available for Autumn 2014 participants: the Hansard Society Trustees 70th Anniversary Award (£1000. GBP) and the Hansard Society Trustees Leadership Award (£500. GBP).  Details of the essay competition for these two awards will be sent to Autumn Scholars who have completed the application process and been accepted to the Programme.

The Hansard Scholars Programme is a member of The Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Association of American Study Abroad Programmes UK. 

Scholars News

scholars-summer-logoThe Hansard Scholars staff is delighted to announce details of its upcoming Summer Academic Internship Programme – Inside Westminster:  Politics, Policy and Participation.

The eight week Programme includes an unpaid internship at the heart of the British political establishment:  with a Member of Parliament, a Member of the House of Lords (Peer), a departmental Select Committee, media organisation, law firm, public affairs or government relations consultancy, NGO, think tank or pressure group.

The other half of the Programme is comprised of a two part academic course. Part I examines the context,  procedures and current issues in British politics, providing an overview of the British political system and allowing engagement with current themes and issues. Part II provides the cross-cultural and professional context for the internships and helps Scholars to devise and develop strategies for using their internship experience and acquired skills for career and resume-building. The academic programme also includes a guest lecture series with experts from the world of politics, academia and the media addressing topical issues of the day.  It also includes a four day study visit to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to explore at firsthand devolution and the thorny question of Scottish independence.  Scholars will also be taken on a day trip to Oxford University for specialist lectures on elections and electoral history.

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Scholars Programme dates

Dates for upcoming programmes:

Autumn 2014 - Undergraduate
6 September - 13 December 2014 (14 weeks)

Spring 2015 - Undergraduate
17 January - 25 April 2015 (14 weeks)

Summer 2015 - Undergraduate
23 May - 18 July 2015 (8 weeks)

Autumn 2015 - Undergraduate
5 September - 12 December 2015 (14 weeks)

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