In2research: Volunteers

In2research is a one-year programme developed by In2scienceUK and UCL that aims to give people from low socio-economic and under-represented backgrounds the skills and experience they need to access PhDs and research careers.

In order to run the programme, we need help from brilliant volunteers like you!

The 2023/24 Programme

This year’s programme runs in London, supported by volunteers working within:

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Arts and Humanities

Social Sciences

There are 2 ways to volunteer…

Applications for volunteers – coming soon

If you are interested in being a mentor or placement host for the 2023/24 programme, click the link below and complete our expression of interest form.

MentorPlacement Host
Main roleOffer subject-specific guidance and support via small group mentoring sessionsCreate and supervise research project placements during summer 2024
EligibilityResearchers from anywhere in the UK working within STEM, Arts and Humanities, or Social Sciences Researchers based at either UCL, City University London, or other London-based institutions working within STEM, Arts and Humanities, or Social Sciences
Application deadline11 September 202314 July 2023
TrainingIn2research mentor inductions with race and cultural literacy training in November 2023In2research placement host inductions with race and cultural literacy training January 2024
Period of
Four, one-hour online sessions held between December 2023 – April 2024An informal interview with a participant in March/April 2024
An 8 week period between June-August 2024
Approx. time required
(in total)

Haven’t found what you were looking for?

Can’t volunteer this year but would like to hear about the 2024/25 programme? 

Fill out our expression of interest form to be kept in the loop with next year’s programme.

Hear from our placement hosts..

“I’ve benefited from a boost to my career and research by enabling me to sharpen my teaching abilities, develop leadership skills and communicate clearly why my research is important. It has also been a joy to work with somebody so bright and enthusiastic who asks refreshingly great questions.”

Dr. Stephen Terry

In2research placement host, 2021/22

“I have really been impressed by my In2research participant’s ability to learn so quickly – she picks things up so fast! She directly impacted the volume of data analysis we were able to produce through her work focussing on processing brain scans. She has already been offered a job here due to her great work!”

Sophie Roberts

In2research placement host, 2021/22

“It has been helpful for me to reflect on my own journey as an academic and I am now completely comfortable to host a placement. My conversations with In2research participants took me back to when I first joined this department and it reminded me of how far I have come in my journey and where I came from”

Dr. Emma Harding

In2research placement host, 2021/22

Take the next step to volunteer for In2research!