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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The GSR summer scheme for 2021 has been withdrawn due to COVID-19.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.
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.
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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