Early career researchers
From post-docs to lecturers starting in research: if you think you are an Early Career Researcher – these resources are for you. Often defined as up to 5 years full-time academic research experience following the award of your PhD or with equivalent professional standing.
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The focus for support to ECRs at Kent is the Early Career Researcher Network and the wider Researcher Development Programme. The Researcher Development Programme is designed to equip researchers with a full range of skills which will improve their effectiveness as researchers, and ensure that they are not only highly qualified but employable in a variety of careers.
Resources on developing as a researcher and early career progression are provided by Vitae. This includes a series of Vitae researcher booklets. You can also search the listing of Vitae courses and events to identify programmes that meet your needs. Many of these resources can be accessed only by registering on the Vitae website. Register using your @kent.ac.uk email address for full access to Vitae. If you have any difficulty registering please contact us.
Researcher development grants are available, based on application, to fund external training programmes.
You can also access a wide range of on-line resources and development funding links for Early Career Researchers. This list will be added to over time and grouped by specialism. Please contact us with suggestions for resources for Early Career Researchers that can be added to this website.
- 7 Habits of Successful Early Career Researchers
- Academic Career Strategies
- Cambridge Early Career blog
- Career planning
- Career consolidation
- Elsevier Campus
- ECR platform
- ECRs in Social Sciences
- The PI relationship
- RCUK Careers in Research case studies
- SRHE network for Newer Researchers
- SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers
- AHRC early career leadership development
- BBSRC Future Leader Fellowship
- EPSRC Developing leaders
- ESRC Future Research Leaders