Eligibility FAQs

In order to apply for the RIS programme you need to: 

  1. Be committed to increasing the number of young people from underrepresented backgrounds who progress to highly-selective universities  
  2. Have or be on course to achieve a PhD in an area of study closely related to one of the following subjects:  Physics, Mathematics, English, Biology, Computer Science, Modern Languages, Chemistry, Geography, Classics (Latin/Greek), History                         
  3. Have an undergraduate degree or equivalent
  4. Have GCSE grade C/4 (or standard equivalent) in mathematics and English
  5. Not already hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or QTLS
  6. Have or be able to obtain the right to work in the UK

Eligibility FAQs

Who decides the eligibility requirements? 

The first two in the list above are requirements set by us. As a unique route into teaching we believe that recruiting people with PhDs who are committed to the programme’s aims will mean that together we can achieve our mission. 

Requirements 3, 4, 5 and 6 are nationally-set requirements for anyone who wants to train to be a teacher in England. You can read more about these on the The Department for Education’s Website.

I don’t have GCSEs or any equivalent. Can I still apply? 

Yes. However, if you don’t hold GCSE qualifications in Maths and English, you may be required to sit a GCSE equivalency test or offer other evidence to demonstrate your ability. 

My qualifications aren’t from the UK, can I still apply? 

Yes. If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK, you may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. You can compare overseas qualifications to the British degree standard on Gov.UK. If you don’t hold GCSE qualifications in Maths and English, we may require you to sit a GCSE equivalency test or offer other evidence to demonstrate your ability.

I haven’t fully completed my doctorate yet, can I still apply? 

This depends on the routes you have a preference for (see the Your Teacher Training section): 

  • For anyone on the bursary route, you must have completed your viva before 1st August 2021. If you have outstanding corrections after this date, you will need to discuss this with a member of our team.
  • To be considered for the salaried route, you must have completed your thesis, viva and any outstanding corrections before 1st August 2021. Here, the requirements are stricter to reflect the challenge and workload of the salaried route.

Can international applicants apply for the programme? 

We welcome applications from international applicants. International applicants currently at a UK-based higher education institution who are yet to complete their PhD may be able to secure sponsorship via the new Graduate Immigration Route. for more details on this, please see the Gov.UK website. Unfortunately, sponsorship opportunities for candidates who are not eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route are incredibly limited.

If you have further questions regarding sponsorship, please email apply@researchersinschools.org 

Can I apply to teach a foreign language if I’m a native speaker but my PhD is in another subject? 

To be considered for the programme, you must hold a PhD in the subject you wish to teach. Therefore candidates who only have knowledge of a language through being a native speaker wouldn’t meet this requirement and, instead, should apply to teach the subject of their PhD. Candidates who should be eligible to teach a foreign language would include those with a PhD in the language/literature of the language they wish to teach.