Academic opportunities after the PhD: postdocs, fellowships & more

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Graduate students & early career researchers are warmly invited to join us for a day of online talks exploring academic life after the PhD.

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*Please note: this event has now reached capacity. Recordings of these talks will be made available after the event; please see @NotSecretGarden on Twitter for updates. If you'd like to tweet about this event, please use the hashtag #ECRday2021. If you're sharing an image of someone's slides, please make sure to cite or tag them. Thank you!*

Graduate students and early career researchers are warmly invited to join us for a day of online talks exploring life after the PhD. We’ll discuss a variety of options available to those pursuing academic employment in the humanities including working on a group project and applying for specific funding schemes.

The day will conclude with a Q&A with current AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker, Dr. Fariha Shaikh, who’ll be chatting about her experiences as an NGT and working with the media.

This event will primarily focus on postdoctoral fellowship schemes in the UK & Ireland and will be most useful to those from an arts, humanities and social sciences background but those from outside these areas are more than welcome to come along. The day is structured to allow plenty of time for questions and discussion. It is free to attend and will be held on Zoom (meeting link to follow; it will be emailed to you).

With the permission of speakers, we aim to record these sessions and make them available online after the event.


9.30-10.45: Postdoctoral Fellowships on Projects

  • Sarah Comyn (Literature, University College Dublin) on working on an European Research Council funded project;
  • Ann-Marie Foster (History, Queen’s University Belfast) on being a ‘named postdoc’ on a big grant application.

11.00-1.00: Marie Curie, Wellcome Trust & Irish Research Council ‘Enterprise’ Scheme

  • Anna Pilz (Literature, University of Edinburgh), on Marie Curie Fellowships;
  • Diletta de Cristofaro (Medical Humanities, Northumbria University), on the Wellcome Trust;
  • Katie Mishler (Literature & Cultural industries, University College Dublin/Museum of Literature Ireland), on the Irish Research Council ‘Enterprise’ Postdoctoral Scheme.

1.00-2.00: Break for lunch.

2.00-4.00 Irish Research Council, Leverhulme Trust & British Academy:

  • Katy Milligan (Art History), on the Irish Research Council;
  • Livi Dee (History, Newcastle University), on the Leverhulme Trust.
  • Sarah Arens (French & Francophone Studies, University of St. Andrews), on the British Academy.

4.15-5.00: ‘Working with the media: Q&A with Fariha Shaikh(University of Birmingham and BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker 2021).

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Organizer Alison Garden

Organizer of Academic opportunities after the PhD: postdocs, fellowships & more

Alison Garden is a literary critic, cultural historian and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast.

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