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 Sandwich Student Placements: Application Guidance

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GSR Job Descriptions

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GSR Sandwich Student Placements 2020-21

The Government Economic and Social Research (GESR) Team run a 12-month sandwich student placement scheme for undergraduate students studying a social science related degree with a substantial social research methods component.

The 2020-21 scheme closed 10:00 am on Thursday 17 October 2019. We are not considering any applications after this date.

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.

How to Apply

Please note that the scheme closed on Thursday 17 October 2019 at 10.00 am. No applications will be accepted after this time.

The next scheme will be advertised in Autumn 2020.

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

Candidates who are unsuccessful at the sift stage will not be given any feedback or comments. If you do not hear from us within 2 months of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

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 2019 and you will be expected to attend in person.

Re-join GSR after your placement

As part of the scheme, we have included an enhancement to the already successful sandwich placement scheme by making an offer of a permanent contract (subject to right to work in the UK, security clearance and graduating with a 2:1 or 1st degree) to those students to take up upon graduation (in the placement department where possible or another government department) and who:

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

  • are assessed to have successfully completed their placement

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

  • have the right to work in the UK

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.

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Complaints procedure

Complaints must be submitted in writing/email and addressed to:

Head of GESR Recruitment,
GESR Team, Room 1/09,
HM Treasury,
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ

gesrrecruitment@hmtreasury.gov.uk

Please provide the fullest account possible of the circumstances surrounding your complaint.

If you do not submit your complaint within a year after the campaign took place, we will not be obliged to consider it.

Our commitment to you

  • we will aim to acknowledge your complaint within three working days of its receipt
  • we will take your complaint seriously, give it high priority and investigate it fully and impartially
  • we will aim to send you a full written response to your complaint within 20 working days of its receipt. If this is not possible, we will let you know, and explain why
  • if your complaint is upheld, we shall take action to ensure that the event complained does not recur
  • if your complaint is not upheld, we will advise you of options for pursuing it further, should you wish to do so

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Published 16 September 2015
Last updated 2 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated with details of the 2020-2021 scheme

  2. The scheme is now closed and the Application Form has been removed.

  3. The information on the 2019-20 scheme has now been added

  4. GSR 2018/19 application form, job descriptions and application guidance has been added

  5. Information for GSR Sandwich Student Placements 2018-19 has been added

  6. The Government Social Research 2017-18 sandwich student placement scheme is now closed.

  7. CoP has been added to the application form and job description.

  8. HMRC job description has been added.

  9. scheme opening date has been added. application form in word format and sample job descriptions have also been added.

  10. Information on how to apply for a 2017-18 Government Social Research sandwich student placement

  11. First published.