Here are some resources of various kinds that I’ve felt helpful as a postgraduate student and early career researcher


The Wenner-Gren Foundation have a great resource list for funding sources on their website

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding have a lot of resources, and produce a guide (£) for purchase. Many universities subscribe to it. have a fantastic crowdfunding platform aimed at scientific research. They take a small cut, but I found it a great experience (see my funded project here:

Writing and Researching

I found these two books useful for different reasons:

For postgraduates, the Thesis Whisperer has many many great resources. The Research Whisperer is also amazing, aimed more at professionals, but I read it often during my PhD, especially towards the end.

If you are UK based, Shut Up & Write have meetups and writing challenges

To help writing a publication, I find the steps in this guide useful: 11 steps to structuring a science paper editors will take seriously


I like the Forest App or Marinara Timer to keep focused on my work.

I mention Cal Newport’s book Deep Work in a blog post, and find it useful for learning how to organise my work. I also found this a really helpful point of view on his book:

Create a writing group of your own, set some goals and share your progress on a shared document (Google sheet) – this idea has come from a colleague of mine and it’s going really well!

Leaving Academia

Roostervane has a lot of free resources to help those who are keen to leave academia and make the most of their skills and degrees in a new career path.

Beyond the Professoriate helps grad students and PhDs leverage their education into meaningful careers, whether in academia or beyond.

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