Below are the eligibility criteria for the RIS programme. The first section of our application form deals with eligibility and will ask you to confirm a few statements, and these are explained below.


If you have any questions related to the eligibility criteria, or wish to discuss your circumstances with a member of the recruitment team, please contact us on 0207 939 1947 or email apply@researchersinschools.org.

What qualifications will I require?

Applications are open to researchers who have already completed their doctorate, or will have done so by 1st August 2018. Furthermore, candidates must also have a grade C or above (or equivalent) in GCSE English and Maths and be eligible to work in the UK full-time from 1st September 2017 and for the duration of the programme.

You will be responsible for obtaining a statement of comparability if you hold international equivalents to GCSEs. If you do not possess grades deemed equivalent to A*-C in GCSE Maths and English, you will be need to organise equivalency tests. Passing these is a condition of your offer of a place on the Researchers in Schools Programme.

Can I apply if I haven’t had my viva?

As long as you will have submitted your thesis by the 1st August 2018, any outstanding corrections or viva will not prohibit an application.

Can international/non-EEA applicants apply for the programme?

Some schools may be in a position to sponsor successful international candidates, but this is on a case-by-case basis and cannot be guaranteed. We welcome applications from overseas candidates, provided they can meet the above requirements. As participants are employed by their school, not Researchers in Schools, Researchers in Schools itself is unable to sponsor visa and work permit applications. Applicants may also be liable for costs incurred as part of the sponsorship process. Please refer to GOV.UK for more information.

Due to the fact that not all of our partner schools are able to sponsor candidates, we may require those who need sponsorship to be more geographically flexible when considering where they can be placed. See more information on where you can teach here.

Can I apply if I already hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or an equivalent such as QTLS?

Unfortunately not. RIS is a teacher-training route and therefore can only consider those who do not already have QTS or QTLS. For international applicants, you may be eligible to gain QTS through your undergraduate degree, in this case, it is imperative you do not apply for QTS through this route, as this will make you ineligible to join the RIS programme.