Academic career planning and leadership course (ACLA) 2024-2025

The course has been a success and will be arranged again in the upcoming academic year. Send your application now!

Coordinators: Risto Kunelius, Pekka Mäkelä, Kirsi Pyhältö

The fifth edition of the ACLA course is now open for applicants. This course is targeted to post-doctoral researchers who are launching their independent researcher career and are thinking about building their own research group.

We will discuss career planning and trajectories, strategic mapping of research horizons, funding opportunities/challenges, building and leading a research group, project management, social impact issues and publication strategies, data management and research ethics.

Approximately 15-20 participants will be enrolled, representing a wide disciplinary range of social sciences and humanities, across all faculties of the City Centre Campus.

The course will convene in six sessions (Fridays: 10-15) over the academic year.

Workshop days are: October 11, November 15, December 13, February 14, March 14, and April 11.

Participants should make sure that they are able to commit to these dates.

For early May (2025) we are planning an excursion to Brussels to learn about European science policy and funding opportunities.

Fill this e-form to apply.

You will need 

  • short CV
  • list of 5 of your recent publications
  • (one page) abstract of your ongoing research project
  • short application letter, letting us know what kind of questions and challenges you think you need support and help with.
  • Deadline for applications: May 31, 2024 15:00.                

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