Researcher Funding, Awards and Initiatives

The Researcher Development Team offers a range of opportunities for postgraduate researchers and early career research only staff to participate in competitions and initiatives that have been designed specifically for them.

We believe that much of your professional development is enhanced by interacting with your peers and other researchers as well as through opportunties to showcase your research. Our competitions and initiatives are designed to specifically help peer-to-peer interations with other researchers and those outside of research. The awards and initiatives that are organised by Researcher Development are listed below.

Researcher-led Initatives - Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Research Staff

Would you like to be involved in professional development here at the University of Exeter?

Researcher Development has a fund to support the development and cascading of personal, professional and career management skills by and for postgraduate research students and early career research staff across the University of Exeter. For more information see the Researcher-led Initiatives page on this website

Postgraduate Research Showcase

The postgraduate research showcase is an annual poster competition that offers postgraduate researchers the chance to demonstrate the value of their research.  The competition is jointly organised and supported by Researcher Development and Research Services. For details of the 2017 competition see the Postgraduate Research Showcase webpage

3 Minute Thesis (3MT®)

3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a National competition for postgraduate research students, run by research organisation Vitae. 3MT® challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes. Researcher Development are holding an internal 3MT® competition to select a postgraduate researcher to represent the University of Exeter in the National Semi-Finals. Details of the 2017 competition can be found on the 3MT webpage.

Images of Research - Early Career Research Staff Only

The Images of Research competition aims to provide early career research staff with an opportunity to highlight the wide range of research that they are conducting at the university, using images to look at that research in a new and exciting way. The competition is jointly organised and supported by Researcher Development, the Library, Research Services and the Catalyst Public Engagement Project. More information about the 2017 competition can be found by following this link.

SETsquared iCURe programme - Early Career Research Staff

The SETsquared iCURe programme offers the chance for early career research staff to build their entrepreneurial skills, providing up to £50,000 to support commerically based research. More information can be found by following this link.

Researcher to Innovator Programme

An enterprise and innovation course for early stage researchers.

  • Are you a researcher who wants to create more impact from your research?
  • Or perhaps you have an idea or technology that you want to commercialise?

If the answer is ‘yes’, then this could be the course for you! This prestigious programme is designed to help researchers with promising ideas and research projects gain the skills and knowledge necessary to convert them into commercial realities. More information can be found by following this link.