Online Resources

The Fellowship and Grants Academy has compiled a list of online resources that may be helpful for early career researchers. 

Research Support

  • EMBO – EMBO aims to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.
  • Gateway to Research – UKRI website providing data about successful grant and fellowship applications including size of grant, project abstract and technical summary.
  • Research Professional – A helpful online database of research funding opportunities and research policy news which provides a quick and easy way to search for a wide range of funding opportunities from research councils, charities, and many other funders. 

Career Development and Support

  • An Academic Career – This award-winning resource from the University of Manchester contains advice and information about career paths, job searching and making applications.
  • Careers in Research – Career stories from researchers compiled by Research Councils UK. Each story includes the individual’s CV, salary information and an interview.
  • Elsevier Early Career Resources – Career development resources from the publisher Elsevier. Includes a series of webcasts on topics including publishing, ethics, reviewing and grant writing.
  • Jobs.ac.uk Career Development Toolkit – A helpful toolkit for developing reflective practices to encourage career development.
  • Nature Jobs – An extensive career toolkit including information sheets on CVs, presentations, mentoring, salaries and more.
  • Vitae – Advice on career planning with CV samples and career stories, as well as access to the Research Development Framework (RDF) – a framework of skills designed to help researchers identify the professional skills they have, and need to cultivate. Vitae also offer training opportunities and an annual free research staff conference.

Researcher Communities

  • Applied Health at Birmingham ECRAG – An early career researcher community within the Institute of Applied Heath offering online advice and support alongside events and meet-ups.
  • ECR Chat – Blog and international twitter community for early career researchers. Features weekly themed chats which are also summarised in the blog.
  • PERCAT – PERCAT aims to foster a group identity among Postdocs and Early Career Researchers and promote Postdoc and Early Career Researcher participation in decision making processes at the University of Birmingham.
  • The Research Whisperer – Blog for early career researchers with international contributors. Features contributions on topics such as applying for funding and networking.