A placement with The Scholars Programme through The Brilliant Club offers doctoral and post-doctoral researchers an opportunity to undertake meaningful, paid work on a part-time basis. At the same time, working as a PhD tutor enables them to communicate their research to a non-specialist audience. As well as gaining teaching and public engagement experience, PhD tutors will deepen their knowledge of the UK education system, helping them understand the backgrounds of the undergraduates studying at their institutions.

Our training programme is delivered by qualified teachers and experienced PhD researchers. It focuses on learning theory and teaching technique, as well as providing practical support for tutors to design their own course. All tutors also take part in a professional induction, including an Enhanced Disclosure DBS Check. For more details, please look through the documents below or further information about the opportunity can be found here.

There is no formal deadline for applications, but we do run assessment centres across two main windows in the year and the timeline for applications here are detailed below:

  • Autumn Term Programme (September- January) – Apply by the end of May;
  • Spring Term Programme (January- May) – Apply by the end of May;
  • Summer Term Programme (March – July) – Apply by the end of October

If you have any queries or require further information, please email our Recruitment Team at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

To apply be a Scholars Programme PhD Tutor, please read through the Application Guidance and then fill in the Online Application Form.

In 2017-18 we placed


492 PhD tutors


In 645 non-selective state schools


To deliver The Scholars Programme to over 11,000 pupils

Read our Information for Researchers Flyer

We look for individuals with strong communication and interpersonal skills, excellent planning and organisational skills, reflectiveness and resilience, an understanding of the UK teaching profession and a commitment to The Brilliant Club mission. Further information about the opportunity with The Scholars Programme can be found here.