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

Early Career Researchers: Tharin Phenwan

Today's guest blog is from Tharin Phenwan, who is a PhD student at the University of Dundee. Throughout August, the SDRC are celebrating our next generation of researchers by devoting a series of blogs to PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers. Read the series so far...

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...

Early Career Researchers: Bryan Mitchell

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

The Ella Macgregor Award: Alzheimer Scotland Student Research Programme 2024

The Alzheimer Scotland Student Research Programme is excited to announce the first of two recipients of funding for 2024. This particular award, which will also be known as the Ella Macgregor Award, goes to the student Katie Robertson, supervised by a team led by Prof...

SDRC Support for Early Career Researchers

The SDRC aim to be here for all dementia researchers based in Scotland. Of course, supporting ECRs is a key part of this, and we want to do all we can to nurture emerging talent and help develop the future leaders in dementia and brain health research. As was part of...

COVID Impact on ECRs: Katie Gambier-Ross

If you have been following on the SDRC website, you will have seen our blog series featuring some wonderful Early Career Researchers and student, sharing insights on how COVID has been impacting their research and career prospects, as well as some helpful tips for all...

COVID Impact on ECRs: Angela Gregory

You may have read over the past few weeks we have been sharing blogs from Early Career Researchers on how COVID has been impacting their research and career prospects. Today's blog is by Angela Gregory, PhD Student at the University of the West of Scotland and...

Early Career Researchers: Jennifer Waymont

Today's bio in our Early Career Researcher blog series is from Jennifer Waymont at the University of Aberdeen.   Jenny Waymont is a PhD candidate in Medical Imaging at the University of Aberdeen. Her PhD thesis is on the automated detection and analysis of white...

Early Career Researchers: Mizuki Morisaki

Next in the SDRC's blog series focussing on early career researchers, is a blog from Mizuki Morisaki, a PhD student at the University of St Andrews. Mizuki's work relates to the SDRC's Fundamental Science theme.  I am a third year PhD student at the School of...

Guest Blog: Jennifer Waymont

Today's blog is from Jenny Waymont, who recently completed her PhD and is now working with Brain Health Scotland. You may recognise Jenny from previous blogs, and also featured as an ECR in the SDRC Annual Report 2020. Jenny tells us about her where her career is...

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