The Scholars Programme

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


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About the Scholars Programme

We train our PhD tutors to deliver The Scholars Programme in our partner schools across the UK. They share their subject knowledge and passion for learning with small groups of pupils aged 8-18. It helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to secure a place at a competitive university.

The programme is available to state schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is structured around seven tutorials, and pupils also attend two events at our partner universities to speak with current undergraduates and learn about university life. Fourteen pupils are in one placement, taught in two smaller groups of seven. They work towards completing a challenging final assignment which is marked and moderated using university grades.

We offer placements to schools in autumn, spring and summer terms, with each 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, navigate all the information you need using the buttons 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.

Example of the scholars programme. A PhD teacher sits with a text open, facing the students around a table