In2research FAQs

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When will applications close?

Applications close at midnight 11:59pm on 30 September 2021.

When will interviews occur?

Interviews will take place in October 2021.

When does the programme run?

The workshops and mentoring will run online from November 2021 – February 2022. Workshops will take place once a month from 6pm – 7pm, and you will meet your mentor for a mentoring session once a month outside of work or study times. This amounts to a commitment of about 4 hours a month.

There are two aways days, which will take place on Saturdays, one in April 2022 and one in September 2022. 

Research placements will run for 8 weeks over summer 2022, exact dates will be provided once your placement is confirmed.

How many events will I be expected to attend?

There will be four 1 hour online workshops, five 1 hour online mentoring sessions and two in-person away days to attend alongside your 8-week research placement.

You will also be expected to complete some small tasks in your own time as preparation for sessions. We expect the time commitment to be roughly 4 hours a month. 

How do the mentor sessions work?

At the interview we will ask you about your subject interests and place you in a small mentor group with an experienced researcher aligned to your subject interests.

You will meet with them each month following your workshop. You can ask them questions on research and PhD applications, as well as tips for success and guidance. They can also give you feedback on your workshop tasks.

What will the workshops cover and will I need to prepare anything?

Each session will be different, covering a range of topics from the PhD application process to how to network effectively both online and in-person. Pre-reading will be provided to help you make the most of the session.

Which research areas does the programme cover?

The programme covers science, technology, engineering, maths and computer science. In2research is a student-focused programme. Tell us what area of STEM research interests you in your application, and we will look for a mentor to support you.

Will I get to choose where to do my research placement?

You will have some choice in which research placement you complete.

In early 2022, you will be able to apply for various placements across London through our online platform. Participants will then go through a selection process including a short interview to secure a placement with a research team. 

This will give you experience of the PhD application process, as well as providing a research placement during the In2research programme related to an area of interest to you.

There will also be a few placements on offer in Cambridge, though these are very limited and dependent on specific areas of STEM. This may or may not include your specific areas of interest. 

Once you have confirmed your placement, you will work in London or Cambridge for 8-weeks. During this period, you will receive a tax-free stipend of £3068, equivalent to London Living Wage.

Placements in Cambridge will provide all participants with accommodation, in addition to the tax-free stipend. Accommodation will not be provided for London-based placements, so you should be within commutable distance of London.

Will I get a formal qualification with In2research?

You will receive a certificate of completion after the programme. However, In2research is not a formal qualification and does not count towards credits for Masters programmes.

This programme will provide you with the information, confidence and research experience to support you to progress to postgraduate study. 

What are the main benefits of In2research?

In2research is a fantastic addition to any CV – particularly the 8-week research placement.

There are benefits to completing the In2research programme, regardless of whether you go into PhD study, a research career, or a different career entirely. 

Last year’s participants improved their confidence and knowledge of the PhD process. They also developed key skills like critiquing research papers, writing cover letters, and networking. 

If you decide to do a PhD, completing the In2research programme will mean you have the knowledge and skills to access the application and funding. On top of this, the research placement will provide you with hands-on research experience, which will be a benefit in applications.

If it turns out PhD study isn’t for you, you will have gained many skills applicable to all careers. These include CV and cover letter writing, networking, and presentation skills. Alongside completing a STEM work placement, this means you’ve got your foot in the door for other careers!

Can I apply if I want to go into medicine?

If you are interested in going into medical research, then this is the programme for you! If you are more interested in pursuing a practice-based medical career, then In2research might not be suited to your needs.

I’m not sure I’m at the right point of my studies to apply – do you accept all students and graduates?

We are accepting applications from students who began their undergraduate degree in the 2020/21 academic year or earlier. This means we are also accepting applications from Masters students/graduates and people who have already completed their undergraduate degree, regardless of employment status.

Will I need to find accommodation if I do not live in London?

This year’s programme is for people who can be based in or in a commutable distance of London during summer 2022. 

We are offering a tax-free stipend of £3068 for our participants during the summer, but as London has a very high cost of living, we will select people who already have accommodation in or around London.

This means that you are unlikely to be accepted into the programme unless you are already able to live a commutable distance to UCL in Central London during summer 2022.

What do you mean by disadvantaged background?

In2research has no single measure to identify someone as from a disadvantaged in our application form. We ask a range of questions in order to consider your background, such as your parent/guardian careers and level of education, your experiences in school, and more.

We want to help as many people as possible who are underrepresented in academia to access PhD study. We primarily want to hear how passionate you are about STEM and research, and consider your background alongside this. 

If you’re passionate about STEM, then please apply!

How long will the application take?

The application form should take around 10-15 minutes to complete.

Will I need to send a CV and cover letter?

No. You don’t need to send any documentation to apply for In2research.

I’m struggling with the application form – can you give me any tips?

Our main advice with the application form is to focus on being honest about who you are.

We want to hear about you so we can provide our applicants with the best access to the programme. We are looking for applicants who write with the most passion about STEM, regardless of any level of prior experience with research.

Instead of a cover letter, we ask three questions about what interests you about studying for a PhD, what interests you in STEM, and what is most appealing about the In2research programme. 

If you’re struggling with these questions, you may want to take a brief look into what being a PhD student involves, to reflect on what in your degree you most enjoyed so far and why, and consider the aspects of our programme description found on our website most appeal to you and why.

How much does the programme cost?

Participating in the programme is completely free. We also provide a paid research work placement.

How much is the 8-week stipend?

Participants will be paid a tax-free stipend equivalent to the London living wage. Over the 8 weeks of the full-time research work placement, this amounts to a total of £3,034.

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