Graduate Applications

Applications for the 2016 Fellowship program are now open. The application deadline for this year is 12:00 GMT on Thursday 5th November.

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We will begin reviewing all applications immediately after the deadline passes on November 5th. You should hear from us within about a week: we’ll either inform you that you have not been selected for the next stage of recruitment, or – in the case of around 200 candidates – that we would like you to respond to a further question, on video, to supplement your written application. If invited to send us a video, you’ll have four or five days to do so. Both the written and video submissions will then be reviewed, and we’ll send out invitations to interview by the first week of December.

Around 75 successful candidates will be invited for interviews, which will probably be held in London from January 5th to 8th, New York on January 5th and 6th, and in Singapore and Sydney on January 6th. Telephone or video interviews will also be arranged for candidates in other locations between the 5th and 8th of January. From there, a maximum of twenty-four candidates will be invited to a two-day final selection in London on February 3rd and 4th. We hope that a final decision can be communicated to all finalists by Monday, February 8th.

WPP's unique annual Fellowships for graduates and MBAs aim to develop high-calibre management talent with experience across a range of marketing disciplines.

The program is unique in its multi-disciplinary approach and is designed to complement the recruitment activities of individual companies.

The Fellowship is comprised of three one-year rotations through our WPP companies, with each rotation chosen on the basis of the individual's interests and the Group's needs.

A senior executive mentor from WPP is assigned to provide overall career guidance.

On completion of the program, we work to find a position in the Group that takes advantage of the broad experience gained during the rotational program.

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The First Cut Is The Deepest

Reflections on a very large pile of 2009 applications, by JON STEEL, WPP Fellowship Director

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We want people who:
  • are passionate about marketing
  • take a rigorous and creative approach to problem solving
  • have a fine appreciation and respect for creative work
  • are intellectually curious
  • function well in a flexible, loosely structured work environment