Support for Early Career Researchers

The SDRC are committed to supporting and strengthening the breadth and depth of dementia and brain health research continuing across Scotland. A key element of this is in supporting the work of Early Career Researchers.


For this reason, we have created a range of services specifically for our ECR members. Please see below what resources are currently available, along with the SDRC’s full range of resources which we will plan to roll out in the near future. We will be adding more resources as we can arrange them, so ensure you are signed up to be a member of the SDRC, and that you also follow us on Twitter to be the first to know when these launch. 

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Mentorship Programme

The SDRC Executive have established a mentorship programme, which is available to all of our members who are Early Career Researchers.

We have already had one round of very successful Mentoring partnerships in 2020. The programme is currently paused, but we will launch another round in 2021 which you can register your interest for now



The SDRC have launched a webinar series focussed on ECRs. These webinars will take place on the first Wednesday of every month.

We have a diverse range of talks lined up on a variety of topics, from research insights to practical support for your own research career.

Keep checking our events page to sign up for future events, or visit the Webinar page to watch back previous events.

Ambassador Programme

We want to help ECRs in any way we can to advance your personal and development. We know how difficult the past year has been in terms of a lack of networking and relationship building opportunities.

While event travel may not be happening now, when events can go ahead once again, we want to support ECRs to access and attend these meetings, without having to miss these important opportunities due cost. This programme will open as soon possible. In the meantime, please register your interest.

Funding and Career Opportunities

We keep on the look out for studentships, fellowships and any other opportunities that may help you take the next steps in your research career.

This section is also where we will post any future funding opportunities that we are aware of, or create ourselves, so stay tuned


How do I join the SDRC?

Resources to support Early Career Researchers are open only to SDRC Members. If you are not already a member, you can sign up for free today