Support for Early Career Researchers


Early Career Researchers are an integral part of the dementia research community, both in Scotland and across the world. The SDRC are committed to supporting and strengthening the breadth and depth of all research. And a key element of this to give support for Early Career Researchers.


For this reason, we have created a range of services specifically to support Early Career Researchers. This includes programmes which are an opportunity to learn more about different disciplines of dementia research. We also have resources for more general career advice. Please see below what resources are currently available, along with what we plan to roll out in the near future. We will be adding more resources as we can arrange them. So make sure you are an SDRC member to be the first to know when these launch. Also, follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates. 

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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 soon.

However, you can register your interest for now



The SDRC launched a webinar series for ECRs in 2020.

These included a diverse range of talks on a variety of topics. From research insights to practical support for your own research career, you are sure to learn something new! 

We intend to restart the webinar series in 2022, featuring talks to support the professional and personal development of early career researchers.

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

Recruitment Support

We know how difficult that recruiting for studies can be.

We encourage all researchers in dementia and brain health to register their study on Join Dementia Research. But we can also promote your recruitment on social media and on our dedicated page on the website.

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


Read the latest Early Career Researcher Activity

COVID Impact on ECRs: Fatima Alhayan

Today, we are pleased to share with you a guest blog by University of Strathclyde PhD student Fatima Alhayan. If you haven't seen our other COVID impact blogs yet, or would like to catch up with the full series, you can read them here.  I am in the...

Early Career Researchers: Clarisse de Vries

Throughout the next two weeks, the SDRC are celebrating our next generation of researchers by publishing a series of blogs from PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers that were featured in the SDRC Annual Report 2019/20. First, we have Clarisse de Vries, whose...

COVID Impact on ECRs: Maria Drummond

In the coming days, the SDRC are publishing a series of blogs featuring Early Career Researchers who are sharing how COVID has impacted their research and career prospects. Today's blog is by Maria Drummond, PhD Student at the University of Glasgow My name is Maria...

Alzheimer Scotland Student Research Programme announces first MRes student

The Alzheimer Scotland Student Research Programme is excited to announce our first ever MRes student: Kelly Kelly. Kelly’s studentship is hosted by the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at the University of the West of Scotland. She is supervised by Dr...

Early Career Researchers: Fatene Abakar Ismail

In today's COVID Impact blog, Fatene Abakar Ismail from the University of Glasgow is sharing her experiences of lockdown so far, how the pandemic has affected research and balancing working with being a mum. Read more blogs in the series here. My name is Fatene Abakar...

Early Career Researchers: Catriona Ingram

Throughout August, the SDRC are publishing a series of blogs from PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers in dementia and brain health.  For the first week, we are featuring those that were in the SDRC Impact Report 2019.  Our final blog this week is by Catriona...

Guest Blog: Marianne Cranwell

Today's blog is from Marianne Cranwell, who in undertaking a PhD at the University of Dundee. Marianne talks about her PhD journey, and the changes that have happened along the way. Hi, my name is Marianne, I am an ESRC funded PhD student in the school of Education...

Early Career Researcher Profiles

The Scottish dementia and brain health dementia and brain health early career researcher community is both exciting and diverse. The SDRC Annual Report 2022/3 highlighted just some of the innovative research taking place across Scotland in all disciplines from early...

International Researcher: Ariel Frame

Today, the SDRC goes international! This guest blog is form Ariel K. Frame, PhD Candidate from the neuroscience graduate program at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. Ariel tells us about research and a desire to work in Scotland.     I am a neurobiologist...

Early Career Researchers: Kotryna Baronaite

Throughout August, the SDRC are celebrating our next generation of researchers by publishing a series of blogs from PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers.  For the first week, we are featuring those that were in the SDRC Impact Report 2019. First, we have Kotryna...

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