The In2research programme aims to enable young people to:

  • Develop a strong case for PhD placement
  • Get an in-depth insight into academic career pathways
  • Gain a host of skills essential for academic success

There are three main barriers disadvantaged students face when applying for PhD positions that this programme aims to take an active role in helping overcome:

  1. Knowledge of the processes and type of skills needed to get into a PhD programme
  2. Connections with potential PhD supervisor
  3. Scholarship – financial support is limited and this program may provide skills necessary to give them the upper hand

About the Programme

Over the next academic year, In2scienceUK alumni will be selected as the first cohort of In2research mentees, and paired with ten researchers (mentors) at UCL’s Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging. All mentees have identified an interest in continuing in academia by taking on a PhD in a STEM subject. Through this programme, the mentees will attend a range of different activities to support them in their development and PhD goals.

The mentors will then play a crucial role in supporting the mentees to develop their skills through eight monthly mentor sessions (from November 2020 – June 2021). The In2research programme will be comprised of:

  • Online workshops and training in essential academic skills
  • Monthly mentor sessions in small groups
  • Informal support from mentors through the programme’s online platform
  • Two ‘away days’ focused on confidence and leadership development for the mentee cohort
  • A supportive and inclusive community of mentees that are all going through the same journey


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