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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 in 2021. 

However, 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, you are sure to learn something new!

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

Ambassador Programme

We know how difficult the past year has been for ECRs. In no small part due to a lack of networking and relationship building opportunities.

Event travel may not be happening now, but we are hopeful events can go ahead once again soon. And the SDRC want to support ECRs to access and attend these meetings. This includes preventing you from missing these important opportunities due to 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


Read the latest Early Career Researcher Activity

COVID Impact on ECRs: Tuuli Hietamies

The SDRC are continuting our series of blogs featuring Early Career Researchers who are sharing how COVID has impacted their research and career prospects. Today's blog is from Tuuli Hietamies, thank you Tuuli for your contribution! Read the rest of the blog...

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: 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...

Early Career Researchers: Martha Pollard

We hope you are enjoying our blog series which is celebrating our next generation of researchers, featuring those that were in the SDRC Annual Report 2019/20.  Our final blog is by Martha Pollard, from the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Resource Centre. Read about...

COVID Impact on ECRs: Rose Vincent

Read today's COVID Impact blog from Rose Vincent, who has recently started a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. This part of a series of many blogs from students and ECRs on how COVID has affected their research and also featuring many practical advice for those...

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 Researchers: Clair Gamble

Our final blog in August's ECR series is by Clair Gamble, who is a PhD student at the University of Dundee. However, stay tuned in September as we may have to continue the series! Read the series so far here I am a Registered Nurse and final year PhD student at the...

Early Career Researchers: Miriam Scarpa

Throughout August, the SDRC are celebrating our next generation of researchers by publishing a series of blogs to PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers.  Read the previous blogs here Our next blog is from Miriam Scarpa. Miriam gives us a fascinating overview of her...

Early Career Researchers: Sarah Hesse

The SDRC are delighted to introduce this blog series where everyday we highlight and celebrate the wonderful contribution PhD students and Early Career Researchers make to dementia and brain health research.  Read the previous blogs here Our next blog is from Sarah...

Early Career Researchers: Shaun Stone

We start off the fourth week of the SDRC's blog series on Early Career Researchers from Shaun Stone from the University of Aberdeen. Shaun's research relates to the SDRC's Diagnosis theme, which you can find out more about here. Shaun Stone is a final year PhD ERC...

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