Resources

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

Funding

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.

Experiment.com 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: https://experiment.com/projects/did-our-ancestors-use-wooden-spears-as-hand-thrown-hunting-weapons

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

Productivity

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: https://throwntogetherness.com/2018/04/01/the-invisible-gender-of-deep-work/

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!

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