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 underrepresented backgrounds to progress to highly-selective universities. To do this, we deliver two programmes: The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools.

The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in state schools across the UK 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.

Case Studies

Read more about our PhD tutors from across the UK in our series of case studies:

  1. Chukwuma Ogbonnaya
  2. Poonam Gunaseelan
  3. Gareth LuTheryn
  4. Matthew Dwyer
  5. Amy de Bruycker


“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. For further information on the process, please read our application guidance 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.