Who is eligible to apply?

Applications are open to researchers who have already completed their doctorate, or will have done so by Monday 14th August 2017. Furthermore, candidates must also have a grade C (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.

We have availability in the following subjects:

  • Mathematics*
  • Science (Physics Specialism)*

We have paused applications for the following subjects:

  • Science (Chemistry and Biology specialisms)
  • Humanities (English, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages and Religious Education)
  • Computing

* Trainees in shortage subjects are eligible for a salary enhancement package through the government-supported ‘Salary Uplift Programme’, with a highly competitive salary and benefits package. 

Is there a deadline for applications?

We have a number of application windows that run throughout the year. These dates are as follows:

  • 18th November 2016
  • 8th January 2017
  • 12th February 2017
  • 19th March 2017
  • 16th April 2017
  • 14th May 2017
  • 1st June 2017

As we operate on a first-come, first-served basis, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible and not wait for a particular deadline to submit. Earlier applications are more likely to be allocated a suitable assessment centre than applications made very late in the cycle. If you have any concerns about your application, please contact

Can I apply if I already hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent?

Unfortunately not. RIS is a teacher-training route and therefore can only consider those who do not already have QTS. 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.

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

We welcome applications from overseas candidates, provided they can meet the above requirements. Researchers in Schools is unable to sponsor visa and work permit applications. Please refer to GOV.UK for more information. 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. Applicants may also be liable for the costs.

Can I apply if I haven’t had my viva?

As long as you will have submitted your thesis by the 14th August 2017, any outstanding corrections or viva will not prohibit an application.

If my application is successful, what happens next?

If your application is successful we will pool your application. Once an assessment centre has been matched to your subject and location preference, we will get in touch to invite you to attend, around two weeks prior.

If my application is unsuccessful, what happens next?

We will inform you of the outcome of your application by email as soon as possible after marking. Please note that due to high application volume, we are not able to provide feedback on individual unsuccessful applications.

Assessment Centres

What is an Assessment Centre?

The assessment centre is the second part of the recruitment process in which candidates are invited to one of the Lead Schools to be assessed by both the RIS team and SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) providers. The day is split up into different activities and we will send out further information prior to the day to help you prepare.

Will travel to and from the Assessment Centre be reimbursed?

Unfortunately we are not in a position to reimburse travel to and from our assessment centres.

What happens if I am successful at the Assessment Centre?

Should an applicant be successful on the day we will send an offer via email which will need to be signed. Both RIS and the SCITT/Lead Partner School will then begin the process of on-boarding.

What happens if I am unsuccessful at the Assessment Centre?

We notify all candidates irrespective of the outcome. We can provide feedback from the assessment centre and we would encourage candidates to consider this carefully should they wish to re-apply the following year.

Pre-Programme Induction Dates

  • Monday 14th August 2017 – Friday 18th August 2017
  • Monday 21st August 2017 – Wednesday 23rd August 2017

All participants must attend all dates required for their cohort. If you are unable to attend some or all of the dates, it may not be possible to place you as part of our cohort this year.

Meals and accommodation will be provided. Travel to and from training will not be covered, but the location will be communicated in a timely manner for trainees to make their own arrangements in advance.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact us at

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