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Early Career Researchers

A PhD in the arts and humanities provides high-level skills which can make a significant contribution to many different areas of the economy and society. The AHRC recognises, however, that the period following the completion of a PhD can be a challenging time for individuals as they look to explore different career options.

Many Early Career Researchers (ECRs) want to pursue an academic career, and will be looking to their colleagues and peers for advice on applying for academic posts. Equally, the AHRC recognises and welcomes the movement of researchers into other areas. There is a range of other sectors in which ECRs may wish to develop their careers, and the AHRC encourages all researchers at this early stage to maintain a broad horizon of career possibilities, bearing in mind the highly competitive nature of academic employment. Career development advisors within their organisation can be a valuable source of guidance on the wider career options available to them..

The Peer Review section of our website contains useful information and resources which ECRs will find valuable in learning how to develop their research, and their professional profile, both within the academy and beyond.

Funding opportunities available to early career researchers

Please note AHRC’s definition of ECRs, detailed in the Research Funding Guide.