Researcher-Led Initiative Fund: Apply by 29th March!


The Spring call for applications to the Researcher-Led Initiative Fund (RLI Fund) is now open. The RLI Fund gives researchers greater input into their development by supporting them to organise activities that will enhance their professional and research skills. Open to doctoral researchers and early career research-only staff, University of Sussex and BSMS researchers can also apply to the fund for support to organise public engagement activities.

You can view previous awards from the Researcher-Led Initiative Fund at:

A maximum of £750 is available for any one project, and the deadline for applications is Friday 29th March 2019.

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The Scholars Programme: A meaningful, paid teaching opportunity for PhD and postdoctoral researchers

Over the last seven years, The Brilliant Club has worked to increase the number of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities, by recruiting, training and placing over 1200 researchers in non-selective state schools across the UK.

As a Scholars Programme tutor, you will deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small groups of high-performing pupils from underrepresented communities.

There is now the opportunity for you to join this growing community of like-minded researchers and become a Scholars Programme tutor in 2019, supporting pupils to develop the academic skills, knowledge and confidence needed to progress to highly-selective universities.

The Summer term programmes run between March and June, and involve delivering a course of seven pre-designed tutorials to pupils in Year 5 and 6 (ten and eleven-year-olds) or Year 7 and 8 (twelve and thirteen-year-olds).

Through working as a tutor, researchers:

  • Develop teaching experience in small group tutorials
  • Receive high-quality training and support
  • Enhance their knowledge of the UK education system
  • Disseminate their research to a unique, non-expert audience
  • Join a community of like-minded researchers across the UK
  • Are paid £500 per placement

To find out more about the tutoring opportunity and to watch a short video of tutors speaking about their experience, please visit To apply, please complete the application form.

The February Assessment Centres will be the last opportunity to get involved as a Scholars Programme tutor in the 2018-19 academic year, so please do make your application as soon as possible! If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email The Brilliant Club at