In2research aims to improve access to postgraduate research degrees and careers for people from low socioeconomic backgrounds. In2research provides a year of development opportunities in three different subject streams:

What does the programme involve?

A group of participants working together around a table.

Online workshops

To support professional and skills development, including research papers analysis, CV writing, and interview preparation

Multiple groups of participants working together at different tables.

Mentoring sessions

With a subject-specific researcher offering individual support for your career development

Two In2research staff members smiling outdoors.

Away days 

Exciting days where you’ll meet your fellow participants and practice key networking skills

Two participants chatting in a workspace.

Paid research placement

A full-time 8-week summer research placement based at a top university, including a tax-free stipend of £3000

In2research Celebration Event

“In2research has shown me that I have options; that there is a place for me in research.

After my placement, I was offered a job in the research team, and now I’m applying for PhDs. Whilst I’m not sure of my exact next steps, I know that In2research has given me a toolkit of skills to help me in my future.”

In2research Participant – 2021/22
Habiba, an In2research alumna, smiling, wearing glasses and a white coat.

“I had an excellent experience on the programme. My mentor was approachable,  positive and enthusiastic about his research and career which was inspiring. 

It made me realise that I need to feel the same way about my research if I am to pursue a PhD and career in academia. My mentor set an excellent example. 

I left the programme having made two amazing connections (with my mentor and fellow mentees) which I look forward to maintaining in the future.”

HabibaIn2research Participant – 2020/21
Shahid, an In2research participant, speaking into a microphone while reading notes for a group presentation.

“My experience on the In2research programme so far has been fantastic and incredibly useful in helping me shape my future as a researcher. My mentor is an expert in my field of interest and the group mentoring sessions have been valuable to me.

The enthusiasm shown by the researchers and staff members during workshops and the Away Day has filled me with such confidence.

This programme has instilled in me a further passion for research and provided clear insight into what I must do to achieve my goal as a future scientific researcher. I have already made so many great lifelong connections and I look forward to making more in the programme.”

In2research Participant – 2021/22

Our Impact

We are passionate about improving access for people from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds. We believe that the fields of STEM, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences will benefit from people from all backgrounds having the opportunity to get into research.

We are committed to supporting people from underrepresented ethnic groups and train all our mentors and supervisors in cultural and race literacy. We aim to create a safe and welcome research culture for all.

Evaluation shows that after the programme, participants are more likely to:

Understand the day-to-day life of a postgraduate and various research careers

Know how to network effectively with academic professionals

Feel confident in applying for postgraduate degrees and research jobs

Learn relevant skills for any research career, including interview training and funding opportunities

It’s time to get In2research!