Category: Internships, Volunteering & Work Experience Opportunities

In2scienceUK – volunteer opportunities for PhD students and Post-docs – deadline 4th May

Calling all PhD students and researchers

We are working with in2scienceUK to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain inspiring 1-2-week placements during the summer to give them opportunities they may not usually have. This year they are looking for researchers and PhD students to offer a 1-2 week summer work placement to make the difference.  Hosting is easy and can work well as a team effort, getting colleagues involved to share the rewards and responsibilities of hosting a placement. Sign up here

How does it work?

  • Disadvantaged year 12 students apply for the programme via in2scienceUK, are shortlisted, interviewed by them and matched to a placement with you. Students receive a bursary for travel and lunch
  • You host a student for 2 weeks at your place of work. You choose the date of the placement and show them your work, introducing them to colleagues and speaking to them about your career path
  • Students also have access to workshops, skills days and competitions run by In2scienceUK throughout the summer

What you’ll get out of it:

  • Involvement in the programme counts as evidence of your public engagement in REF and Athena Swan applications, and In2scienceUK can provide endorsement for grant applications.
  • Volunteering during your working day is an easy way to give back to your local community
  • Learn new skills in science communication and working with young people to develop your CV
  • Renew your passion for your work through a fresh point of view and a different perspective!

How to get involved?

Fill out the application form, indicating which dates you are available to host a placement.

Placements run from July 27th – August 28th 2020. The deadline to apply is 4th May.

Click here to find out more about the programme or contact Jo Maniscalco at

Innovation Internships scheme

The Innovation Internship programme (formally Innovation Placements) has been designed to enable part or fully EPSRC-funded doctoral students to engage with real world projects. The projects allow students to demonstrate impact from their research, develop and utilise transferable skills and competencies to work effectively and collaboratively with companies to solve business and societal challenges.

More information:

in2scienceUK seeking placement hosts

Calling all PhD students and researchers,

Want to make a difference and support a young person from disadvantaged backgrounds gain an insight into research? Sign up to support us here

in2scienceUK empowers students (year 12s) from low-income backgrounds to achieve their potential and progress to STEM research intensive degrees. We have over 2000 student sign up each year and we are looking for volunteers to get involved and host a student for 1 to 2 weeks during the summer.

How it works:

  • You’ll host a student whom we’ve selected and interviewed for you for one to two weeks at your place of work.
  • You’ll show them your work, introduce them to colleagues and speak to them about your career path.
  • Each student will receive a travel and lunch bursary and pre-placement skills day workshop

In addition:

  • This activity counts as evidence of public engagement.
  • Being enriched personally and professionally: starting to look at things from a fresh point of view, a different perspective and meet a different generation
  • You will have the invaluable opportunity to meet young people, share your experience and make a real difference

in2scienceUK is currently looking for more volunteers. Please consider hosting a student in your group and making a difference to students from low-income backgrounds. Sign up here.

Watch this video or read our latest impact report to learn more about the programme, or contact Elena Di Giorgi, our Volunteer Coordinator, at

You can also read this case study of one of our previous Imperial hosts, Tom Bultrey.

Researchers in Schools – new teacher training programme for post-doctoral researchers

Researchers in Schools (RIS) is launching a bespoke teacher training programme exclusively for post-doctoral researchers that will maximise their subject knowledge and considerable experience of higher education. It is designed to help researchers develop transferable and teaching skills while maintaining an academic profile, with the option to return to university research after two years. I would be grateful if you could make doctoral and post-doctoral researchers aware of this excellent opportunity through any channels available to you by forwarding on the attached poster.

While all post-doctoral researchers can apply to this well-remunerated scheme, we are especially pleased to be offering considerable salary uplift to maths, physics and engineering researchers which will see them paid £40,000 in their first year and rising thereafter. This acknowledges that across all sectors from engineering to tech companies, improving our pipeline of mathematicians, physicists and engineers is vital for future growth.  We also need to address the under-representation of girls and children from low-income backgrounds in these important areas.

RIS is led by two OFSTED-rated ‘outstanding’ teaching schools (Lampton School and George Abbot School) and The Brilliant Club, a charity that recruits, trains and places doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in non-selective state schools.

Further information, including information on how to apply, can be found at