The John Smith Public Service Award is a two-year professional development programme offered in partnership with The Robertson Trust.

The Award is open to Robertson Scholars and promotes the value of a public service vocation through a two-year programme of activities.

This includes:

  • A 10-week internship with an MSP in Scotland.
  • A full-time, 3-week placement with an MP, part of which is spent at the Houses of Parliament at Westminster.
  • High level networking opportunities.
  • Events organised by our sister organisation, the John Smith Trust, alongside John Smith Trust Fellows.
  • An end of award showcase event.
  • Membership of the John Smith Centre Alumni Network in perpetuity.
  • The Awardees are paid above the Real Living Wage for their internships.


Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 John Smith Public Service Award. To be eligible for the Award, you must be a second year Robertson Scholar. To apply, please contact scholars@therobertsontrust.org.uk directly to request an Application Pack. Deadline for applications: 12pm, 8 October 2021.