Government Social Research Summer 2021 Scheme - Cancelled

This scheme is only open to applicants in their penultimate year of their undergraduate degree with significant social research methods component


Application guidance for 2020

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The Government Social Research (GSR) summer student scheme is aimed at students who are considering a career in the GSR profession after graduation. The placements generally last for 6 - 12 weeks.

The GSR summer scheme for 2021 has been withdrawn due to COVID-19. The next scheme will be advertised here in early 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible applicants must be in the penultimate year (meaning the year before the final year of study) studying a undergraduate degree which includes around a third of modules in social research methods and must be on course for a 2:1 or 1st class honours degree.

Individuals will also need to demonstrate that they meet the relevant immigration requirements and their eligibility under the Civil Service Nationality Rules (CSNRs). Nationality requirements are explained in more detail on the Civil Service nationality rules webpage.

More information on the eligibility criteria can be found at the top of this page in the attached Application Guidance for 2020.

How to Apply

Details and instructions on how to apply for the next scheme will be made available here in early 2022.


Candidates who are successful at the sift stage will be invited for interview at one of the participating Departments. Interviews will take place between April-May and you will be expected to attend in person.

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, 1st Floor Blue Zone
HM Treasury,
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ

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.

Published 5 February 2016
Last updated 8 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. 2021 scheme has been cancelled

  2. 2021 scheme withdrawn

  3. The scheme is now closed.

  4. Updated scheme date and guidance

  5. Replaced first line to "This scheme is only open to applicants in their penultimate year..." Updated second line under details, "The 2019 GSR summer vacation placement scheme ..." Removed all the text below the eligibility requirements and input a new paragraph, starting with " to be eligible applicants must be in the penultimate year ..." Added new sections named, 'How to Apply', 'Complaints Procedure'.

  6. Details of the 2018 GSR summer scheme has now been advertised.

  7. The 2017 GSR summer vacation placement scheme has now closed.

  8. job description update

  9. Details of 2017 GSR summer scheme added

  10. First published.