Guidance

How to apply for a Government Social Research sandwich student placement

This scheme is only open to applicants in their penultimate year (i.e. year before the final year of study) of a social science related undergraduate degree with a substantial social research methods component.

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GSR Job Descriptions

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Application Guidance

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GSR Sandwich Student Placements 2019-20

The Government Economic & Social Research (GESR) Team will be running a 12-month sandwich student placement scheme in 2019-20 for undergraduate students studying a social science related degree with a substantial social research methods component.

The scheme is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible applicants must be in the penultimate year (i.e. year before the final year of study) of a social science related undergraduate degree with a substantial social research methods component. They must be on course for a 2:1 or 1st class honours degree. More information on the eligibility criteria and completing the application form can be found in our Application Guidance.

How to Apply

Please read the Application Guidance above before you apply.

The application form is now available. Only those in Word format will be accepted. Job descriptions are also available to view above.

Email your completed application form to gesrrecruitment@hmtreasury.gov.uk with GSR Sandwich Student Placements 2019-20 in the subject field. Please note that the scheme will close on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 12.00pm. No applications will be accepted after this time, so it is in your interest to submit your application within this time frame.

Candidates who are successful at the sift stage are advised that you will be randomly allocated to any of the participating departments.

Please note that some departments require candidates to have a UK footprint for 3 years in order to get security clearance i.e. HO, HMT, MHCLG, MoJ and some other departments.

Interviews

Candidates who are successful at the sift stage will be invited for interview at one of the participating Departments. Interviews will take place in November/December 2018 and you will be expected to attend in person.

Re-join GSR after your placement

This year we would like to announce an enhancement to the already successful sandwich placement scheme by making an offer of a permanent contract (subject to security clearance and graduating with a 2:1 or 1st degree) to those students to take up upon graduation (in the department they do a placement) and who:

• Are on track for 2:1 degree in social research

• Are assessed to have successfully completed their placement by their line managers

• Have passed a Civil Service Social Research Assessment Centre towards the end of their placement

This means that the placement scheme is now a gateway to a career as a government social researcher.

Equal Opportunities

The Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities employer. Candidates with disabilities (as defined in the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act) can choose to declare on their application form that they require adjustments at interview, for which we can make a range of provisions. Please contact us should you have any questions regarding this – we would be happy to help.

We are interested in your skills and aptitudes. We have no preferences for particular backgrounds or universities. We want to reflect the diversity of the country we serve.

Published 16 September 2015
Last updated 24 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. The scheme is now closed and the Application Form has been removed.
  2. The information on the 2019-20 scheme has now been added
  3. GSR 2018/19 application form, job descriptions and application guidance has been added
  4. Information for GSR Sandwich Student Placements 2018-19 has been added
  5. The Government Social Research 2017-18 sandwich student placement scheme is now closed.
  6. CoP has been added to the application form and job description.
  7. HMRC job description has been added.
  8. scheme opening date has been added. application form in word format and sample job descriptions have also been added.
  9. Information on how to apply for a 2017-18 Government Social Research sandwich student placement
  10. First published.