Researcher Development

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.


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 email address for full access to Vitae.  If you have any difficulty registering please contact us.

Other resources to support early career development can be found on the development opportunities and careers and employability pages of this website.

Researcher development grants are available, based on application, to fund external training programmes.

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Last Updated: 24/07/2015