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Available programmes

We are currently accepting applications for the following programmes:

Summer 2015 Hansard Scholars Programme (undergraduates)

23 May – 18 July 2015 (8 weeks)

Cost:  £5950. (GBP)

Application deadline:  3 April 2015

Autumn 2015 Hansard Scholars Programme (undergraduates)

5 September – 12 December 2015 (14 weeks)

Cost:  £10,250. (GBP)

Application deadline:  1 July 2015


Spring 2016 Hansard Scholars Programme (undergraduates)

16 January- 23 April 2016 (14 weeks)

Cost:  £10,250. (GBP)

Application deadline:  15 November 2015


(N.B. The Hansard Society no longer offers a postgraduate programme.)

Applications for future programmes will open in due course. If you have any questions, please contact

How to apply

The Hansard Scholars Programme is rigorous and demanding and it is therefore important that you provide us with as much positive information about your interests and experience as possible to support your application.

Students from the US should normally have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above.

The Programme assumes no previous knowledge of British politics or any experience of political internships. More important is that applicants show a genuine interest in politics and public policy, and a commitment to studying in a high level political environment. Scholars’ work will often be of a sensitive nature and so personal integrity – in addition to commitment and enthusiasm – are crucial.

All applicants must complete an application form (see below) and attach the following pieces of documentation:

  • Personal statement outlining your reasons for applying (approx. 250 – 500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Résumé
  • Sample of written academic work (approx. 2,000 words) (not required for Magna Carta applicants)
  • Scanned copy of the ID page of your current valid passport (if you already have one)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
  • Scanned copy of your university transcript (N.B. a hard copy should also be posted to the below address)
  • [Applicants from non-English speaking countries only] Scanned copy of your IELTS certificate (N.B. a hard copy should also be posted to the below address)
  • Official documentation of your high-school enrollment. This should be in the form of a scanned copy of your high-school transcript or an official letter verifying during which you were enrolled at your high-school, including the full address of your high-school.*

* N.B. This document is used purely for security purposes as a requirement of the security clearance process administered by the UK Parliament. No academic information contained in this document will affect your application.

Complete our application form online here:

Applicants whose first language is not English and are not from a country on the UKVI majority English-speaking country list are required to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. The following qualifications are acceptable to the Hansard Society:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 6.5 to meet the CEFR B2 level. IELTS tests are administered by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Application materials should be emailed to:

Required hard-copy documents should be posted to:

Hansard Scholars Programme
Hansard Society
5th Floor, 9 King Street
London EC2V 8EA
United Kingdom

* Letters of recommendation sent via email must come directly from the email address of your referee.

** An official hard copy of your university transcript must be sent via post to the above address in addition to your scanned electronic copy. Only a scanned copy of your high-school transcript sent via email is required.

For further details, please contact the Study & Scholars Team on or by phone on +44 207 710 6070.

Press enquiries

For press enquiries, please contact:

020 7710 6080
020 7710 6077
07779 666 771

Research team

Dr Ruth Fox, Director and Head of Research

Joel Blackwell, Senior Researcher

Scholars Programme dates

Dates for upcoming programmes:

Spring 2016
January 16 - April 23
Fee: £10,250.

Summer 2016
May 21 - July 16
Fee: £6200.

Autumn 2016
September 3 - December 10
Fee: £10,500.

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