Early Career Researcher Network

The BERA Early Career Researcher Network aims to offer support for those who are in the process of completing their masters or doctorate in education, as well as those who have completed their studies within the past 3 years. It seeks to meet the needs of not only those who are pursuing studies/careers as researchers within Higher Education, but also those who are practitioners (in primary, secondary or Further Education) seeking to undertake research to support their development.

In line with BERA’s strategic priority to increase capacity of the field, the principle objectives of the Network are to provide opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs) to engage with their peers to develop their knowledge and skills; to gain experience and to network; and to be connected with BERA and the broader academic community within education. The Network will accomplish this in a number of ways, from targeted correspondence with ECRs to events designed specifically to meet the needs of this community. BERA will also provide bursaries to enable ECRs to access development opportunities as well as provides awards to recognise the work that is undertaken within the field.

The ECR network runs two awards:

The BERA Masters Dissertation Award

The BERA Doctoral Thesis Award


The ECR Network also runs a scheme that funds ECRs to attend other organisations events, upto £1000 an event. Click below to find out more


ECR Event Funding Scheme

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