The Hansard Scholars Programme

Are you an undergraduate interested in politics and current affairs? Would you enjoy studying and interning in the UK, at the heart of the parliamentary process, alongside key decision-makers and opinion-formers from Parliament, Government, campaign organizations, think tanks, lobbying groups, and the media? Would you enjoy a semester living in one of the most vibrant, exciting, and politically important cities in the world?

As a Hansard Scholar, you will be part of an organization with an unparalleled reputation in the political world, developed over more than 60 years. You will study British politics at the London School of Economics, have seminars with politicians and do an internship with an organization which corresponds with your research interests - be it with an NGO, a government department, a lobbying group or in the Houses of Parliament themselves!

The Hansard Scholars Programme is a 12-week, full-time course (split equally between study and internship) which offers an outstanding opportunity for international students to gain academic and practical knowledge of the British political system and current debates in UK public policy.

Program Dates

Autumn 2009
September 26th - December 19th, 2009
Deadline: April 1st, 2009

Spring 2010
January 9th - April 3rd, 2010 (tentative)
Deadline: October 1st, 2009

Course Work

In addition to the internship, all students enroll in two lecture courses - Politics and Parliament and Politics and Public Policy. Scholars must also undertake an individual Research Project of their own choosing. Each of the lecture courses require scholars to attend a weekly seminar, produce a 2,500 word essay, and take a 3-hour exam at the end of the semester. Credits are awarded by the London School of Economics.


All Hansard Scholars undertake an internship which is individually selected by the Hansard Society to match your interests, expertise and career aspirations.

As a Hansard Scholar your internship may be with a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons or a Peer in the House of Lords, writing speeches, carrying out research and attending parliamentary meetings; you may be in the parliamentary clerks' office - with unprecedented access to the behind-the-scenes workings of Parliament; or with the BBC, researching articles and analyzing the work of the Government; or with a campaign group, helping to devise and run media campaigns on key social and political issues. You may be based in the national headquarters of a political party or in one of the other many organizations and businesses which drive forward the policy agenda in the UK and beyond.

Past internships have included:

  • Houses of Parliament - offices of MPs belonging to the Labour Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party, and Members of the House of Lords
  • The Cabinet Office
  • Government Departments
  • National Labour Party HQ & Conservative Central Office
  • BBC Parliament
  • Campaign groups (incl. Amnesty International, Liberty and the Women's National Commission)
  • Lobbying/ Public Affairs Organizations
  • Businesses and Consultancies

Credit is awarded upon successful completion of the internship, subject to a performance evaluation.

London School of Economics (LSE)

Students registered on the Hansard Scholars Programme are also registered with the London School of Economics. LSE was founded in 1895 by members of The Fabian Society, who planned an institution that would teach an impartial study of society. Today, LSE is one of the most internationally respected institutions in its field, and offers a high standard of facilities for scholars from across the globe. Every year, around 3,000 overseas students attend LSE, coming from over 120 different countries.


Scholars are housed together in private self-contained apartments, rented by the Hansard Society.  All apartments are within London's central "zone" and within reasonable traveling distance of both the LSE and Parliament.

Link to the Hansard Society's Website