Investment Research Graduate Programme
Graduate Programmes
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Investment Research.
Curious about the world?

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About the Investment Research Programme

We’re not looking for graduates with a particular degree. Instead, we look for people who are curious about the world and what the future could look like. We’re just as likely to hire a musician, a doctor or a politics graduate, as we are a mathematician.

As a trainee, your role will be primarily research-based. As you progress, you’ll become more self-directed, and we’ll encourage you to pursue your own ideas and creative thinking. We want you to question what’s in front of you and develop your own viewpoint. Working alongside people who have generated world-class investment returns, you’ll have support through structured learning, professional qualifications and dedicated mentors.

During the programme, you’ll rotate through a series of year-long placements in autonomous investment teams. You’ll find that each team has its own distinct approach and investment philosophy, but all have the same purpose – to drive positive returns for our clients. Whether those are councils, pension funds or governments, we’re dedicated to helping them meet their income and savings goals.


Our Investment Research programme has two streams that you can choose from when you apply.

To find out more, watch the following video that explains the differences in our Equities and Multi-Asset & Income streams.




“At Baillie Gifford you gain a wide range of knowledge about many subjects, but not from textbooks or newspapers. You meet people who change the world. We want people with an original perspective who can explore, question and come up with fresh ideas.”

Tom Slater,
Partner, Computer Science & Mathematics.

Career Development

There are two distinct career paths for our Investment Research trainees – the Equities Stream or the Multi Asset & Income (MA&I) Stream. Both opportunities offer permanent, long-term roles from the moment you join us.

Whichever stream you choose, in your first year of the programme, you’ll work towards the IMC (Investment Management Certificate) followed by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level 1 professional qualification. We’ll give you our full support, covering all fees and materials, as well as providing experienced tutors and generous study leave.

There’s also the opportunity to travel both within the UK and internationally to attend conferences, visit companies and speak to global experts, which continues throughout the Investment Research Programme and beyond.

We encourage and support every one of our colleagues to continue their professional development throughout their careers here. Upon completing the programme, there’s the opportunity to progress into managing portfolios or to develop expertise in a particular industry or investment area. Your future with us is for you to shape. Baillie Gifford is owned by 47 partners, the majority of whom started on the Investment Research Programme. You could be the next one to follow in their footsteps.

Equities Stream

Our Equities teams research and imagine the long-term prospects for companies, industries, and society. Trainees will work in their team to identify companies with the potential to grow significantly over three, five or even ten years. You will spend most of your day reading, analysing information and speaking to experts, management teams and your colleagues about your chosen area of focus. One month you could be looking at a biotechnology company, the next a luxury fashion business or a cement company. Within the first year of the programme, you may even have the opportunity to meet CEOs and the founders of some of the world’s leading businesses.

On this stream, your first four months focus on learning more about Baillie Gifford and our approach to investment. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of what the firm is looking to achieve for clients, get an overview of our key investment concepts and an introduction to our culture of continual learning and improvement. This will be a mixture of self-directed learning through discussion, a broad range of reading and structured training. 

Choose this stream and you’ll become a specialist in equities investing. Plus, as an established part of the company, Equities gives you the chance to benefit from the knowledge of industry-leading teams and newly developed ones.

Multi Asset & Income Stream (MA&I)

In MA&I, we consider how economic trends and government policies could affect the potential of countries, companies, commodities, and infrastructure. If you choose this stream, you’ll rotate through three teams: Credit, Emerging Market Debt or Global Rates & Currencies, and Multi Asset. During these rotations, you’ll explore a wide spectrum of assets, including fixed income bonds, equities, infrastructure, and commodities. This approach will see you develop generalist knowledge, as each year, we’ll introduce you to new asset classes and new ways of investing.

From the moment you join this stream you’ll be working within a team, with each week split between training days and delivering research. After three years, there’ll be the opportunity to spend longer in a particular area to increase your knowledge or to begin to specialise in an asset class.

MA&I is a relatively new part of our business and, as such, is growing and developing its teams and specialisms. This is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of that growth.


Our requirements

We encourage applicants from any degree subject to apply for our Investment Research Programme, as there’s no one type of person we’re looking for at Baillie Gifford.

An open-minded curiosity

You possess an appetite for learning and are interested in a wide range of subjects, even those you know little about. You are open to new ideas and have the humility to know how much you don’t know.

Independent thinking

You pride yourself on your ability to spot trends and opportunities before others do and know how to distinguish the short-term noise from what really matters. Research comes naturally to you, and you’re imaginative about where you find your sources of information and inspiration.

Resilience is key

You can cope with uncertainty, as it may be many years before you know whether your investment decisions are right. You know that mistakes happen, but that’s okay. At Baillie Gifford, we support you to learn from the things that go wrong and help you develop as an investor.

Application process

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To get started, you need to complete a short online application form, answer two questions, and attach your CV. You can choose to apply for our Equities Stream, our MA&I Stream, or if you’re unsure, both.

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If selected, you’ll be invited for a first interview with one of our senior investors and a member of the HR team. We will discuss the academic and professional choices you’ve made so far and your thoughts on topical issues of the day, as well as your interests. If you didn’t express a preference for either Equities or MA&I in your application, we will allocate you to a stream after this stage.

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This stage is more in-depth. Along with additional meetings with senior investors from your stream, you’ll have the opportunity to meet different members of the teams you might join – from experienced analysts to trainees who were recently in your position. We’ll be open and honest with you, at each stage, so you get a clear idea of what it’s like to work at Baillie Gifford.

Meet our People

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Helen Xiong Investment Research
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Saad Malik Investment Research
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Tom Fenton Investment Research
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Yussef Robinson Investment Research
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Ellie Lewis Investment Research
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Alice Stretch Investment Research

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