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 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 tailored 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. Further information about the opportunity can be found here.