PhD and Early Career Researchers

Opportunities for PhD and ECRs to develop their skills across a range of activities, projects, events and conferences

Early-career ecologist grant writing workshop

The grant writing workshop for early career ecologists is for those planning to submit an independent fellowship or grant proposal as named postdoc in the future.

The workshop will include best practice and tailored support focused on converting a project idea into a grant or fellowship application. Participants will hear from ecologists in early and later career stages who are recipients of fellowships, representing multiple research organisations and funding sources.

By the end of the workshop, delegates will have gained detailed insight into the grant writing process. After the workshop, it is expected that each participant will leave feeling confident they have the knowledge and ability to submit an application.


23rd November 2018

10am – 5pm, arrivals from 9.30am


Charles Darwin House, central London


  • Plenaries from experienced grant recipients
  • Activities to better understand the grant assessment/feedback process
  • Opportunities to write your grant application with facilitation and feedback from mentors & peers
  • Networking
  • Small discussion groups
  • Lunch and refreshments provided


£35 BES members

£55 non BES members

Not a member? Join us:

How to apply:

Whilst this workshop is aimed at early postdoctoral ecologists, PhD students are welcome to apply. Please note that places are very limited and places were filled quickly in a previous workshop.

Tickets are available here:

On purchasing your ticket Amy Padfield, Education Manager, will contact you with further details. You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire to allow us to tailor the workshop to your requirements. In addition you will be asked the following question:

Please provide a “lay summary” of your research proposal (up to 300 words). We will not judge your expression of interest based on the content of this, but want to be sure you come with a specific proposal idea to work on at the workshop. This information will not be shared outside of the workshop organisers and speakers, but will be used by us to be prepared to give participants the best possible tailored experience.

For more information on this training course please contact Amy Padfield.


Summer School PhD Mentor and teaching practice

Applications are now open for PhD candidates to apply to be a mentor at the Undergraduate Summer School in FSC Millport, Scotland, 8th – 12th July 2019. We cover all costs for accommodation, travel and include a 16 hour certified outdoor first aid training weekend at FSC Malham in which the planning takes place for the social programme and any teaching sessions you would like to coordinate.

The undergraduate Summer School is for 50 students to immerse themselves in ecology with sessions run throughout the week on a variety of subject areas and careers in ecology. There are many opportunities for you to develop your teaching skills, as well as to have a mentor group to work with throughout the week.

How to apply

All applications can be made via the following link: Deadline of Friday 2nd November.

It is essential that you can attend the first aid training weekend which will either be March 30th, 31st (arriving the evening of 29th March) or April 6th, 7th (arriving evening of 5th April).

For more information regarding the opportunity for 2019 please contact Amy Padfield for details.


At the BES annual meeting

Each year we host a PhD/ECR careers day ahead of the BES annual meeting.  You can find out further information and register on the annual meeting pages