Guidance

How to apply for a Government Social Research summer placement

This scheme is only open to applicants in their penultimate year of a social science related undergraduate degree with a substantial social research methods component.

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GSR summer student scheme 2019 guidance

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GSR Summer scheme 2018 job descriptions

Details

The 2019 GSR summer vacation placement scheme will be opening soon! Date TBC (February 2019)

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

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 will be available here nearer the time. Only those in Word format will be accepted.

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 possible other departments.

Interview

Candidates who are successful at the sift stage will be invited for interview at one of the participating Departments. Interviews will take place between March-May 2019 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.

Complaints Procedure

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

Head of GESR Operations
GESR Team, 1 Blue
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 three months of the action complained of, we will not normally be obliged to consider it. If there are exceptional circumstances (e.g. an event coming to light more than three months after it occurred, and which was unknown to you at the time), we may consider a complaint outside this period.

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 26 November 2018 + show all updates
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  2. Details of the 2018 GSR summer scheme has now been advertised.
  3. The 2017 GSR summer vacation placement scheme has now closed.
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