There are a number of mechanisms available through the Research Councils in order to develop a career in research.
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:
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.
Excellent research has an international dimension. The Research Councils fund many of the best UK research teams and individuals for whom research is an international endeavour.
World-class institutions attract, train and develop the very best students from the UK and around the world. International students contribute significantly to the output and reputation of these institutions.
PhD graduates who enter employment in the UK after their studentship can make a direct contribution to the UK economy. Those who leave the UK may act as catalysts forging long-term international links with the UK.
RCUK has adopted the following principles in relation to recruitment of non-UK domiciled candidates to Research Council funded studentships:
These principles should enable the Research Councils to:
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:
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’s time as Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators.
There is further information on how to apply for research funding.