The Scholars Programme

Recruiting, training and placing PhD researchers in schools across the UK to deliver university-style learning

About the Scholars Programme

The Scholars Programme provides pupils aged 8-18 from non-selective state schools the opportunity to work with a PhD researcher to experience university-style learning. It helps them to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to secure a place at a highly-selective university. We support pupils aged 8-18, to make an informed choice at 18 but also to ensure they develop the skills needed to excel in their next phase of education. 

The programme is available to state schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is structured around seven tutorials, complemented by two trips to highly-selective universities. Twelve pupils are in one placement, taught in two smaller groups of six. Pupils work towards completing a challenging final assignment, which is marked and moderated using university grades. Schools can take part in placements in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, with each placement lasting around eight weeks.

What to expect from The Scholars Programme 

Whether you are a school looking to partner with us or a PhD researcher interested in becoming a Scholars Programme tutor, all the information you need is below.

For regular updates and information from The Scholars Programme, sign up to our newsletter via the button below.


Working with The Brilliant Club's Scholars Programme is an inspirational experience. It has been my privilege to see our students, 60% of whom have no previous knowledge of higher education, grow in confidence enough to submit a 1500-word essay.

alt= " />