In2research: Participants

Applications for our 2023/24 programme are now open!

Deadline is 24 September 2023

The 2023/24 Programme

In2research is a year-long programme that runs alongside your studies or work. It provides experiences that will help you access postgraduate research degrees and careers. The 2023/24 programme runs in London and Cambridge for participants interested in the following subject streams: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences.

During this programme, you will receive:

  • 4 workshops delving deeply into key skills such as academic CV and personal statement writing, interview skills and communicating your research
  • 4 mentoring sessions with a mentor selected based on your subject interests who helps you apply insight from workshops to your career path
  • 2 away days to build on your confidence whilst practising key networking skills
  • One full-time, 8-week research placement including a tax-free stipend of over £3000

The In2research Journey


Applications close


Interviews for places on the programme commence


Participants are accepted onto the In2research programme and are matched with subject-specific mentor and placement

An in-person professional development away day in London

December to April

Participants receive four online skills workshops and four small group mentoring sessions


Participants have an informal placement interview

June – August

A full-time, 8 week research placement with researchers at top universities or institutes, supported by a tax-free stipend 


In-person away day and celebration event where participants display and discuss their research

What is the Application Process?

Step 1

Check your eligibility for the programme

Step 2

Read through our list of placements, and pick your top 3

Step 3

Create a CV using our CV template (if you don’t have one already)

Step 4

Prepare a short paragraph to the questions which will be in the application regarding why you are interested in:

– postgraduate research
– your research subject interests
– the In2research programme
– the 3 placements you have chosen

Step 5

Fill in the application form

Step 6

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview!

*80% of these places will be funded by Office for Students and Research England, which supports access and participation in research study for Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

Take the next step In2research!

Deadline is 24 September 2023

Upcoming information sessions

Want to find out more before you apply?

We are running online information sessions where the In2research team will answer all your questions about the programme: what it involves, what the main benefits to you are, and how to apply.

Book onto an information session, here.

  • Tuesday 15 August, 11am-11:40am
  • Wednesday 30 August, 12pm-12:40pm
  • Tuesday 12 September, 6:30pm-7:10pm
  • Thursday 21 September, 2:30pm-3:10pm


Core criteria

To be considered for the programme you must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

Be UK-domiciled or have refugee status

Have the right to work in the UK

Be able to work full-time in a research placement in London or Cambridge for an 8 week period between June and August 2024

Be in an eligible year group at university or be a graduate of a STEM, Arts and Humanities, or Social Sciences degree

Additional criteria

To be considered for our shortlist, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

Previously been a recipient of Free School Meals at school or sixth-form

Received money during school for your education (e.g. Pupil Premium, EMA, or the 16-19 bursary)

Come from a low socioeconomic background


This year, we are asking applicants to submit a CV as part of the application process. Don’t worry – the success of your application is not dependent on your CV.

If you need any guidance on how to write a CV, please look at our example CV and use our CV template to create your own. You can also check out Prospects example CVs for more advice.

Hear from previous participants

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
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
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

Not found what
you’re looking for?

We are open for expressions of interest!

If you are not eligible for the 2023/24 programme, express your interest for the 2024/25 programme below!