Postgraduate research is a crucial first step in the development of a research career.
Research Council funding for postgraduate research training goes directly to research organisations who then undertake the selection and recruitment of students. Prospective students seeking scholarships or bursaries for fees or stipend should contact the research organisation at which they wish to study. The research organisation will be able to offer advice on what funding is available, eligibility and application guidance.
Further information on postgraduate research is available on Research Councils’ websites via the links below:
For information on Funding for Research Training, please visit the relevant web page
Shortly after their doctorate, 47% of doctoral graduates are employed in higher education, so just over half are in other employment sectors. For further information, see the “What Do Researchers Do?” series, on the Vitae website.
What do researchers do?’ is a series of research publications exploring how highly-skilled doctoral graduates contribute to UK society, culture and economy. The series builds a picture of the employment destinations of researchers and the value they add.
RCUK Careers in Research hosts an online suite of stories providing an insight about life as a researcher and the different career paths which researchers’ take.
Research Councils continue to fund researchers through staff posts on research grants. These go directly to research organisations who then undertake the selection and recruitment of staff. Research grants may also fund academic, technical and other staff.
The European Commission has published a European Framework for Research Careers which describes the following profiles:
For further information on researchers’ careers see the “What Do Researchers do?” series on the Vitae website.
Research Councils fund fellowships to allow excellent researchers to devote their time to the purpose of the fellowship. Links to further information can be found below:
Research Councils may also sponsor fellowships to help those with a background in science, engineering and technology to return after a career break. See the Daphne Jackson Trust website for further information.
The UK operates a points based system which is used to determine the rights of non European Economic Area (EEA) nationals to enter and work in the UK. The points based system is split into four tiers and the most common routes for researchers to use is Tier 1 (Exceptional talent), Tiers 2 and 5 (Government Authorised Exchange).
Information on all immigration visa routes for the UK can be found at https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration
Through research grants, Research Councils may provide funding for academic staff’ time as Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators.
There is further information on how to apply for research funding.