Grow: Researcher Development Programme

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The Emerging Minds network encourages and supports research that aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and young people.

Our new development programme for Early Career Researchers based in the UK will:

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  • Develop a network of researchers focused on children & young people’s mental health, who can support each other in 2022 and beyond the life of the network.

  • Support the professional development of researchers taking part so they can work towards and achieve professional goals they set themselves.

  • Support participating researchers to develop the networks, skills and experience to work across sectors and disciplines to make a difference to children & young people’s mental health.

Grow Researcher Programme - - Are you an early career researcher? Are you ready to work on professional goals for 2022? Do you want to connect with peers across the UK? Curious to learn from new perspectives and experience? Grow Researcher Development Programme


Date Event
Monday 22 November 2021
Deadline for applications
January-July 2022
Programme duration

Programme content

  • 1 to 1 coaching to identify and work on your own professional development goals.

  • Monthly peer networking/ action learning sessions

  • Opportunities to meet and connect with senior researchers/ PIs

  • Support with finding and applying for funding, including hands on sessions and feedback.

  • Support with developing collaborations across sectors and disciplines.

  • Monthly virtual masterclass workshops, topics will depend on goals of our participants but could include topics such as: working with policy makers, time management, collaborating with economists, evaluating interventions, Co-design, managing your limited time, navigating career pathways, maximising diversity and inclusion, building partnerships, effective meetings etc.

We want to offer a programme that suits and is accessible to as many early career researchers as possible. We will hold most programme activities virtually but hope to also bring our researchers together face to face for at least one programme element (COVID restrictions dependent). We will be able to offer bursaries to allow researchers to attend any face to face elements (e.g.: for travel, accommodation and/or childcare costs).

Who can apply?

You will need to be:
  • based in the UK

  • working in a research role in any discipline or sector

  • Passionate about children and young people’s mental health research particularly mental health promotion, prevention and early treatment of mental health difficulties.

  • Curious about working across disciplines and sectors

  • Interested to meet peers from across the UK and form new collaborations and support each other.

  • Willing and able to dedicate the equivalent of 1.5 days per month between January and July 2021 to participate in programme activities.

  • Be ready to reflect on your professional development and identify and work towards new professional goals.

  • We particularly welcome researchers from backgrounds currently under-represented in mental health research.

  • We are particularly interested to work with researchers who have completed a PhD or have equivalent research experience so we can bring together a group of researchers at a similar career stage.

To apply:

The deadline for all applications is: Monday November 22 2021

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to the programme if I don’t have a PhD?

Anyone working in a research role in the UK who feels they meet our essential criteria as described above can apply.  However, we are particularly interested in applications from those who have completed a PhD or have equivalent research experience in any setting.  The reason for this is that researchers have told us that they would like to be connecting and working with peers at a similar career stage.

All applicants can use the questions we ask in the application form to set out what they will bring to the programme and how they meet the criteria.

We have lots of activities planned in the year ahead for researchers at all levels and backgrounds so it is worth subscribing to our monthly newsletter to keep in touch with events and opportunities.  For example, we are holding monthly Open Lab meetings in the year ahead that you might find helpful to make connections and help your development as a researcher:

Do I need to working in a university to apply?

No, if you are working in a mental health research role in any sector and based in the UK you can apply.  For example: you might be working in a research role in industry, public sector, in a clinical setting, education, for a charity or third sector organisation.  We would love to have participants from a range of sectors participating in the programme.

Are you looking for researchers with a background in a particular discipline, e.g. :psychology?

No, in fact we are keen to have participants join this programme from any discipline or background.

Will in-person events be disability-accessible?

Yes, we will ensure that all venues are able to cater for any access needs that participants may have.