The Brilliant Club – paid tutoring opportunities in schools

The Brilliant Club hosted a recruitment webinar on Wednesday 27th May, designed for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to find out more about their Scholars Programme. Through the scheme, researchers are recruited and trained to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to pupils in schools that serve under-represented communities.

Why Become a Scholars Programme PhD Tutor?

  • Support local pupils from under-represented backgrounds to access university
  • Get expert training and real experience to develop your teaching and other transferable skills
  • Earn £500 per placement plus an additional £100 for designing a new course, and travel expenses
  • Disseminate your research to small groups of school pupils
  • Join a nationwide community of like-minded researchers making a huge impact on university access

Tutors are supported by a training programme, including sessions on tutorial pedagogy, assessment and designing a course handbook. Each Scholars Programme placement then begins with tutors accompanying their pupils on a university trip, followed by six further tutorials in their school. At the end of the programme pupils submit an assignment which is marked by their tutor.

You can find out more about The Brilliant Club and the tutoring opportunity on their website. To apply to work as a PhD tutor complete the application form. Successful applicants can select which terms they would like to work as a tutor in, and whether they would like to deliver multiple placements.

If you have any queries email The Brilliant Club at

Looking for a full-time position?

If you’re keen on working with young people and feel passionate about the charity’s aims, you can apply to the sister programme Researchers in Schools. RIS is a full-time route into teaching for PhD graduates that incorporates elements from the Scholars Programme, along with a host of other features designed to get the most from your research skillset.

For more information on RIS, including funding and benefits, contact or visit

This post was edited on 29th July 2020.