UCL Research Domains


Early Career Researchers Network

UCL's Collaborative Social Science Domain Early Careers Network (ECN) supports researchers in the early stages of their careers (e.g. PhDs, post-docs, fellows and newly-appointed lecturers) who have social science interests, regardless of department or faculty affiliation. Our ECN creates a forum that brings together researchers interested in the different aspects of social science and stimulates collaboration and opportunities for shared learning. We also welcome early career researchers from non-social science disciplines who wish to deepen their reseach by collaborating with social scientists.

The ECN organises a wide of range workshops that foster professional development. We organise informal, stimulating and highly participative sessions that generate new ideas and innovative, yet practical approaches to research problems. Our series of 'Tricks of the Trade' conversations bring together established academics with early career researchers (ECRs). These events are an ideal opportunity for ECRS to engage with the insights that more experienced researchers have gained over the years. Our 'Methods' workshops build capacity and develop research skills. They draw upon the wealth of experience within UCL among both academics and support staff who are keen to share their expertise.

  • Whilst the network's focus is assisting early career researchers with their career development, we do not define this term and welcome a broad range of participants at our events. If you are not sure/do not identify as an early career researcher, but this event is of interest to you, please do come along.

Our Network is led by ECRs:
Dr Ana Basiri, Co Lead, Lecturer in Spatial Data Science and Visualisation, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Bartlett (Built Environment), BEAMS
Dr Lucia Gunning, Interim Co-Lead, Teaching Fellow, Department of History, Social & Historical Studies, SLASH

Dr Laura Knight , Co Lead (currently on maternity leave until 2021), Research Associate in Medical Education, Medical School, Medical Sciences, SLMS

The Network is supported by the CSSD's Strategic Coordinator, Michael Reade

If you are an ECR we want to hear about the challenges you face and what you need in terms of future workshops. Please get in touch.  Also, don't forget to sign up for our Tweets and email updates.

  • Take a look at the UCL Research Staff Hub; a one-stop shop for research staff. It aims to keep researchers informed about the support and development opportunities available.
  • Induction for new UCL Research Staff
    This three hour induction is aimed at new post-docs or any research staff who would benefit from hearing more about bespoke researcher development opportunities at UCL. Further details

Funding for Early Career Researchers

UCL Internal Funding Opportunities

ESRC: New Investigator Grants
The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years' postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded. The scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project.  Further details