Research and Innovation Portal


Early Career Researchers and PhD students

Explore career development resources and join networks designed to support Early Career Researchers and PhD students at UCL.

UCL Researcher Initiatives

UCL Researcher Initiatives offer a variety of learning and networking opportunities for Early Career Researchers and doctoral students. 

Research Fellowships

UCL's Research Fellowship Programmes seek to recruit the highest calibre early career researchers from across the globe, supporting them to become the research leaders of the future.

Peer coaching

Join a community of researchers using coaching skills to tackle work-related issues and goals.

Researcher Development Framework

The Researcher Development Framework covers the knowledge, methodologies, personal effectiveness, and professional standard needed to create impactful research.

Festival of Early Stage Researchers

The Festival of Early Stage Researchers (FESR) is an annual week-long celebration of the invaluable contribution from UCL’s early-stage research community to research and innovation.

UCL Early Career Networks

UCL's Early Career Networks (ECNs) offer training, career advice, mentoring, and networking opportunities. They also provide information regarding training and funding opportunities.

Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network

The Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network is a network of leading Higher Education institutions, created by UCL in order to share best practice in skills training for postgraduate research students.

Researcher-led Initiative Awards

UCL Researcher-led Initiative Awards offers funding for early stage research and teaching staff and postgraduate research students. The awards enable researchers to design, manage, and deliver new professional development activities for their peers, allowing them to develop the skills and experience needed to progress their careers.

Leadership in Action

Leadership in Action is an intensive experiential leadership programme designed to prepare early career researcher staff for leadership and team roles in Higher Education. 

UCL Careers

UCL Careers provide dedicated support for early stage researchers and research students, including one-on-one advice, practice interviews, events and workshops, and internship opportunities.