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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 classroom 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 0207 939 1947.


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.

You will need to have completed your PhD thesis by 1st August 2018 and hold a GCSE in English and Maths at grade C or above (or international equivalent). More information on eligibility can be found here.


Learn about the programme

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

You can reach us at or by calling 0207 939 1947.


Fill in our application form

You can find an overview of our application process here, as well as a more in depth explanation here.

Guidance on completing our application form and what we look for in candidates can be found here.

Finally, once you’re ready, you can access our application form here.

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 Year 10 pupils to topics they might go on to study at university.
Dr Jack Reilly

2016 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.
Dr Alice Len

2016 Physics Participant

I decided to train as a teacher through RIS as it would give me the opportunity to use my background in school in a more active way during my training. Continuing some form of research was also important to me, although I no longer wanted it to be my main concentration. I saw RIS as the perfect balance between the two.
Lucy Heil
Dr Lucy Heil

2016 Physics Participant