Begin your application today!

Are you ready to bring your PhD into the classroom?

As a PhD researcher, not only will the programme enable you to become an excellent secondary school teacher, you’ll also be able to use all the experience and knowledge to help introduce pupils to research and evidence-based practice. Additionally, you help them improve their grades, as well as inform and advise them about higher education and university life.

Below are the steps you need to follow to begin your application to the programme. Remember, if you have any questions or want to speak to a member of the team, please email or contact 0203 005 3344.


Check your eligibility

In short, we’re looking for outstanding, driven researchers who are motivated to help pupils from under-represented backgrounds progress to highly-selective universities.

The first step is to ensure you’re eligible to start the programme. More information on eligibility can be found here.


Learn about the programme

If you haven’t already, read through our programme overview then have a look at our case studies and contact us with any questions you might have.

You can reach us by emailing or by calling 0203 005 3344.


Fill in our application form

You can find an overview of our application process here, as well as an list of the key competencies we look for in candidates here.

Finally, once you’re ready, you can access our application form by clicking the button below.

Not ready to apply?

If you’re not quite ready to apply, please sign our registration of interest form so we can keep you up to date with application news and information.

Register Interest

I had a fantastic experience over these years and personally I wouldn’t have joined this profession if it wasn’t for Researchers in Schools. I’m thankful to everyone who was part of my journey and grateful for the support I have received.
Nivedah Kuganenderan 2017 cohort
Nivedah Kuganenderan

Mathematics Participant

The RIS programme is an excellent teacher training scheme for PhD holders. I have made a difference to pupils through the Uni Pathways course which provides a forum for trainee teachers on the RIS programme to introduce pupils to topics they might go on to study at university.
Dr Jack Reilly

History Participant

I wanted to join RIS as I grew up in under-privileged circumstances and the people that strongly influenced me were the enthusiastic and passionate teachers that made science come to life for me. This experience is allowing me to help pupils realise their full potential and I can bring cutting-edge research and opportunities into the classroom.
Alice Len
Dr Alice Len

Physics Participant