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. As 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 download our Information for Researchers Brochure.

We run a rolling application process throughout the year, recruiting PhD tutors to work across the country. There is no formal deadline for applications, but we recommend the following timelines for our termly programmes:

  • Autumn Term Programme (October to February) – Apply by end of August
  • Spring Term Programme (January to May) – Apply by end of October
  • Summer Term Programme (May to July) – Apply by early January

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.

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In 2016-17 we placed


Over 450 PhD tutors


Representing over 70 universities


In 550 non-selective state schools

Our Programmes

The Scholars Programme

"For four weeks PhD tutors will spend half a day a week in school delivering tutorials"

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.

Researchers in Schools

"An innovative teacher training programme that recruits PhD graduates and to teach in state secondary schools"

The Researchers in Schools Programme offers a bespoke route for PhD graduates to enter the teaching profession as full-time classroom teachers. Working in partnership with other providers, we offer a programme of initial teacher training and on-going professional development that equips participants to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities. Read more about Researchers in Schools here.

Read our Information for Researchers Brochure

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. For more information read our Information for researchers brochure.

Personal Information and Equal Opportunities Forms

Please note that the below forms are only for new PhD tutors who have been accepted onto the Researcher Development Programme. Please also note that the Equal Opportunities form is entirely optional and anonymous, but we would appreciate submission for our records.

If there are any technical issues with these forms, please contact hr@thebrilliantclub.org.