This was a day of online talks exploring life after the PhD, organised by Alison, held on 29th July 2021. These talks were recorded and you can see these below. If you’d like to tweet about about any of these videos, please use the hashtag #ECRday2021 and make sure to cite/tag someone if you are sharing an image of their slides. You can read through Alison’s tweets from the day, which have links to additional resources, here.

We discussed a variety of options available to those pursuing academic employment in the humanities including working on a group project and applying for specific funding schemes. The day concluded with a Q&A with current AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker, Dr. Fariha Shaikh, who chatted about her experiences as an NGT and working with the media.

This event primarily focused on postdoctoral fellowship schemes in the UK & Ireland and the videos below will be most useful to those from an arts, humanities and social sciences background but those from outside these areas might find something of use too! 


9.30-10.45: Postdoctoral Fellowships on Projects

  • Sarah Comyn (Literature, University College Dublin) on working on an European Research Council funded project;
  • Ann-Marie Foster (History, Queen’s University Belfast) on being a ‘named postdoc’ on a big grant application.

11.00-1.00: Marie Curie, Wellcome Trust & Irish Research Council ‘Enterprise’ Scheme

  • Anna Pilz (Literature, University of Edinburgh), on Marie Curie Fellowships;
  • Diletta de Cristofaro (Medical Humanities, Northumbria University), on the Wellcome Trust;
  • Katie Mishler (Literature & Cultural industries, University College Dublin/Museum of Literature Ireland), on the Irish Research Council ‘Enterprise’ Postdoctoral Scheme.

1.00-2.00: Break for lunch.

2.00-4.00 Irish Research Council, Leverhulme Trust & British Academy

  • Katy Milligan (Art History), on the Irish Research Council;
  • Livi Dee (History, Newcastle University), on the Leverhulme Trust.
  • Sarah Arens (French & Francophone Studies, University of St. Andrews), on the British Academy.

4.15-5.00: ‘Working with the media: Q&A with Fariha Shaikh’ (University of Birmingham and BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker 2021).

Alison Garden would like to thank Dr. Sophie Cooper for technical support and Queen’s University Belfast and UKRI for financial support.