Lab Manual: Jobs and Funding

3. Jobs and Funding (Back to Lab Manual Index)

3.1 Job Hunting and Mailing Lists

3.2 Conference Travel Grants

3.3 Study Visits, Training Courses and Summer Schools

3.4 Grants and Awards


3.1 Job Hunting and Mailing Lists

If you will be on the job market, this will be a formidable task on top of your duties.  You will have worked for years with your advisors to build a competitive CV.  However, there is much more entailed when applying for jobs.  In the semester you plan to go on the market, you should meet with your advisor as soon as possible (the first weeks of the semester) to discuss your plans and for her/him to inform you of the many documents you will need to begin to prepare.  Countries can vary significantly in terms of what they ask for.  For example, in North America you will need to get three to five reference letters to be submitted on the same date as your application.  For your advisor, this is not a simple task or letter.  They are often very exhaustive and time consuming.  You should not wait until the last minute to ask for references, in fact, you should ask weeks in advance, minimally 2 but better to give even more time where possible.  We are committed to helping you get the best job possible that fits your goals, and it will be our pleasure to do so.

Useful links for finding jobs include and Psychoneuroxy. You should join these sites to receive email alerts about available jobs. Most Learned Societies will have webpages and blogs that may advertise jobs (e.g. BPS, LAGB etc.). Almost all of these will be on social media (esp. Twitter), and some can be followed via email subscription or RSS. Some offer student-only areas, newsletters or even free student membership (in the latter case, you must subscribe!).

Various other mailing lists are also useful to join, as they provide information about conferences, jobs, grants and other announcements. We recommend that all lab members subscribe to these:

Research Professional

The Linguist List

Amlap Mailing List

Cuny Mailing List

CHILDES Mailing List

FSL Mailing List

SPM Mailing List

R-Lang Mailing List


3.2 Conference Travel Grants

Various sources of funding are available to apply for travel grants to attend conferences. Below is a non-exhaustive lists of funding sources available.

The University of Reading

Graduate School Travel Support Scheme for PhD students

Research Travel Grant for PhD students and staff members

The European Second Language Association (EuroSLA)

Student Travel Grants for students presenting/attending EuroSLA

Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL)

Travel Awards for attending the Annual Meeting (all students and postdocs who are SNL members are eligible)

SNL Graduate Abstract Merit Awards are awarded to the two students/postdocs who submit the highest ranked application

Psychonomic Society

Graduate Travel Award for student student members of the Society

J. Frank Yates Students Travel Award for graduate Student members of the Society who are underrepresented populations including those who are disadvantaged or discriminated against in some way, and in diversifying our perspectives

Accommodation Awards for 25 graduate students who are Student Members of the Psychonomic Society and must be the first author and presenter of a poster

Psychonomic Society/Women in Cognitive Science Travel and Networking Award for Junior Scientists for women of graduate, postdoctoral or assistant professor level to present a talk

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

Stipends for attending The Brain Conference for international students and early career scientists that attend the Brain Conferences

Experimental Psychology Society

EPS Carers Grant allows carers to attend conferences and meetings and related events such as workshops

EPS Grindley Grant supports travel for an applicant’s work falling within the domain of EPS interests as defined by the content of the Society’s journal (for postgraduates,postdocs and retired EPS members)

The Guarantors of Brain

Travel Grant available for Doctoral and Post-doctoral training based in the United Kingdom

ESCOP Conference

Travel Funding for attendance of graduate students at ESCOP


3.3 Study Visits, Training Courses and Summer Schools

Students are encouraged to consider study visits at other universities, and to gain relevant training at summer schools etc. Below is a non-exhaustive list of funding available to support such visits.

The European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP)

ESCoP Summer School Grant to host a summer school

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

NENS Exchange Grants for Master and PhD students registered within NENS member school programmes, to cover the cost of travel and accommodation

Slots in National Courses for Master and PhD students, European and non-European to cover travel and accommodation costs for attending short courses outside the country where they are studying

Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)

Study Visit Grants for travel and accommodation at another institution outside an individual’s academic base

British Psychological Society (BPS)

BPS Postgraduate Study Visit for students with a doctoral degree in the United Kingdom to visit an institution in the UK or Europe (applicants must be members of the Society)

BPS Postdoctoral Study Visit for UK based psychology postdoctoral researchers and lecturers to undertake a study visit to another institution in the UK or Europe (applicants must be members of the Society)


3.4 Grants and Awards

Various grants and awards are available to help in either conference travel or other research related expenses (e.g. paying participants). Below is a non-exhaustive list.

Language Learning Grant Programmes

Dissertation Grant Programme for PhD research expenses

Early Career Research Grant Programme for early career researchers who completed their PhD within the last six years

Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

Trainee Professional Development Award that recognises undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral fellows demonstrating scientific merit and excellence in research

Psychonomic Society

Early Career Award provides a cash prize and airfare to the Annual Meeting for early career researchers not more than ten years before the nomination deadline and must be a member or Fellow of the Psychonomic Society

The Psychonomic Society Mid-Career Award provides a cash prize and airfare to the Annual Meeting for researchers who completed their PhD 15-25 years before the nomination deadline

Clifford T. Morgan Best Article Award awarded to the recipient for the best paper published in each Psychonomic Society journal in the last year

Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)

Small Grants of £3,500 available to first time applicants at an early stage of their career and/or without current grant funding


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