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Join The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme

08 Apr 2024

Skills development and £605 per placement for young researchers and PhD students helping disadvantaged school pupils access university and succeed when they get there

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity. They recruit and train PhD students and early career researchers (ECRs) to support disadvantaged school pupils access the most competitive universities and succeed when they get there. 

It provides training in widening participation, research communication, and teaching. Researchers are then paid to deliver academically rigorous programmes to small groups of pupils in state schools across the UK.

How does it work?

On The Scholars Programme, tutors are trained to create a course based on their own academic research pitched at pupils in Key Stage 4 or 5. Tutors also have the opportunity to deliver a pre-designed programme to younger pupils aged 8-10. They deliver this course in university-style tutorials to groups of seven.

To help fit alongside their other commitments, tutors indicate their availability on a termly basis. Placements are paid from £605 per placement.

How will it benefit me?

You will gain valuable pedagogical and research communication experience, by delivering courses based on cutting-edge research. This can either be through a pre-designed programme, or one you design based on your research. You will also make a real difference to young peoples' lives. 

More information

For more information, visit:

The Brilliant Club’s next information session is on Friday, 26 April at 11am. To sign up for this or other sessions, visit:

To apply

The Brilliant Club run a rolling recruitment process. Applications are processed throughout the year, so you can apply now! 

There are monthly deadlines of 5 May, 16 June and 28 July. To start tutoring in the Autumn term, you must apply by July.

 You can complete the tutor application form at:

This can be a competitive process, so please ensure that you use the guidance document to create the best application form! 

If you have any questions, please email the team: