Are you a PhD researcher or doctoral graduate who wants to help a young person realise their academic potential?

The Brilliant Club seeks to mobilise the PhD community to engage with state schools and support talented pupils from under-represented backgrounds to progress to highly-selective universities. To do this, we deliver two programmes: The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools.

Researchers in Schools offers a tailored route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities. The programme is designed to run over three years, with participants achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in their first year and completing their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year in year two. Participants are placed in non-selective, secondary schools, supported to become excellent new teachers and research leaders, and have access to research associate status at a selective university. For more info, visit

The Scholars Programme employs doctoral and post-doctoral researchers on a part-time basis to deliver programmes of academic enrichment to small groups of pupils. Through a combination of university trips, in-school tutorials and online resources, we support pupils aged 10-18 to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to progress to highly-selective universities. To find out more, please see below.

At a recent training weekend in Sheffield, we caught up some Scholars Programme PhD tutors to hear their thoughts on the programme, watch the video below:

“The Brilliant Club is an excellent programme that has the potential to transform the UK education system. I have enjoyed my experience tutoring and am proud to be associated with such a worthwhile cause.”
Babak Somekh

PhD Candidate, Oxford University

How to get involved

We run a rolling application process throughout the year, recruiting PhD tutors to work across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The application process is broken down into three stages:

Online application form

A five section form which requires you to explain why you want to work as a Brilliant Club tutor and why you think you will excel in the role. You can read our helpful guidance form here.

Assessment centre

If your application form meets our criteria then you will be invited to an assessment centre, consisting of a mini-tutorial delivered to two Brilliant Club assessors, with a written evaluation of your mini-tutorial, and a short interview.

After the assessment centre

We will inform you of the result of your application as soon as possible after the assessment and will provide you with feedback on our decision.