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Educational Research Graduate Programme

Please note: Applications are closed for our 2017-18 programme; our next intake will be in 2019.

A unique opportunity to develop a career in educational research and learn about the whole research process, from tender through to project delivery.

We have opportunities for outstanding individuals to join our two-year programme, every September. Applications for the programme open in the preceding Spring.

You will have the opportunity to learn about every aspect of the research process, and apply your learning to key policy and practice issues in education, helping us to make a difference to outcomes for children and young people.

You will be provided with a clear development path with tailored experience and your professional development will be identified and agreed with you throughout the programme. You will receive a high level of professional support from your Line Manager and your colleagues.

Starting with a temporary one year contract in the first instance, progress will be reviewed at the end of the first year and provided you have achieved the required standard of performance you will continue into the second year of the programme, after which you will be given a permanent contract of employment.

Permanent contracts of employment will be offered in expectation that you will stay with NFER for at least two further years on completion of the programme.

Structure and content of the programme


We are keen to hear from you if you are a new graduate/postgraduate or have up to two years’ post graduation experience, with:


Salaries will be reviewed at the end of the first year of the programme and subject to good progress you will receive a salary increment.

About NFER

NFER is the leading independent provider of education research. Our purpose is to provide robust, independent research, assessment and related services that improve education, particularly for children and young people. Our work supports effective policy and practice in education, in the UK and internationally.

NFER is a registered charity and an equal opportunity employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. Benefits of working at the Foundation include 30 days paid leave per year over and above Bank Holidays and discretionary days, generous pension arrangements and good support for staff development.

Two hundred staff work in our Slough office which is located in lovely grounds a mile from the town centre; communications by road and rail are excellent - the office is within easy reach of the M4 and M40 and London Paddington is 15 minutes by rail.

If you have any questions about the programme, please e-mail

NFER is an equal opportunity employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community and a registered charity (No. 313392).