Early career researchers

We pride ourselves as a university that enhances and facilitates the aspirations of our early career researchers.

Our commitment to career development and training, alongside bespoke support to boost external funding success, is designed to help develop the next generation of research leaders, able to deliver real change to society. Our University Research Institutes, for example, facilitate unique interdisciplinary research training from our world-leading scientists working on a range of challenges in the areas of health, sustainable environments, data innovation, crime and security.

Career development and training

Informed by the Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework, our training and development programme provides access to a wide range of hands-on workshops, online modules and one-to-one coaching. The transferable skills enhanced by these courses ensures our early career researchers develop the expertise to follow their identified academic or non-academic career pathway.

Linked leadership programmes, such as Cardiff Futures and Welsh Crucible, provide a framework to interact with senior leaders in the University, develop new cross-discipline collaborations and peer networks.

Supporting your transition to academic independence

To help you navigate discipline-specific funding opportunities and develop your grant writing skills, we run research grant and planning events specifically for early career researchers. These include fast track to fellowships programmes providing grant writing training workshops and sessions with training consultants.

Supporting a move into a non-academic career

We provide a dedicated careers advice and guidance service for early career researchers considering both academic and a diverse range of wider careers outside university. The Cardiff Researcher Programme runs career refresh workshops and offers access to a shared programme of role model and employer contact events with the Doctoral Academy.

Cardiff University Research Staff Association (CURSA)

CURSA works with senior leaders to deliver a collegiate, equitable and supportive environment for early career researchers at the University. CURSA representation in Schools helps embed these activities throughout the University.