Career Development

Personal Review and Development

Personal Review and Develoment Plan (PRDP) - all eligible Postdocs are required to have an annual PRDP, monitored by the Department.

Additionally, should the Postdoc wish to involve a second Reviewer in their PRDP process, they may approach another PI but only if this has been agreed with their Supervisor. Appropriate Fellowship opportunities should be discussed during the PRDP.

Grant Applications

DoLS has a pool of volunteers who have agreed to provide their advice and help to support all postdocs who would like additional/specific guidance and advice on their grant applications. Please contact DoLS Executive Assistant in the first instance at least 6 weeks before their application deadline.

Information on fellowships available in the life sciences can be found on the DoLS Research Opportunities web-page

For more information about funding click on the following:

DoLS Travel Awards

Department of Life Sciences Travel Awards

The Department of Life Sciences has generously allocated funds to support travel awards for our Postdoctoral Research Associates, Research Fellows and PhD Students for the purpose of presenting at conferences or attending scientific workshops. The scheme operates on a twice yearly basis (deadlines in March & September) and is currently open for submissions. It forms part of the Departmental Athena SWAN Action Plan in that it addresses the action points from the Feedback and Networking Session with the Postdoctoral Research Associates of the Department.

The Life Sciences European Studies Fund

This funding is exclusively for European travel (not travel within the UK) and can cover travel and subsistence, conference registration fees.
Up to £1k of funding available

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Outside academia

You can find a collection of profiles of people who have made the transition from academia to industry at