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

Funding sources

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

British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) also have a list of funding resources

The Lithic Studies Society gives out small bursaries for research purposes:

The European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association give out Student Research Grants: (competition runs annually each spring)

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding have a lot of resources, and produce a guide (£). 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:

Crafting funding proposals

Wenner-Gren: How to Write A Grant Proposal

Researching, writing and data management

The Researcher Development Framework describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers. It can help you ID strengths and gaps in your development, and monitor your progress.

University of York has a very useful and comprehensive set of skills guides covering researching, organising, communicating, collaborating, etc.

Data management: Archaeology Data Service Guides to good practice

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.

Dr Coco’s Academic Proofreading Service (£)

Getting a JOB!

The Professor Is In (Both free and £ resources)


Equality and Diversity

We all need to be more aware of a lack of diversity and equality in archaeology early on in our careers.

Why the Whiteness of Archaeology is a Problem by William White and Catherine Draycott

CIfA Equality and Diversity Group

Request a Woman in STEMM

TrowelBlazers : Women in archaeology, geology and palaeontology

Sexism in the Academy: Women’s narrowing path to tenure

RESPECT – Acting against harassment in archaeology

Athena Swan Charter

Doug’s Archaeology: Archaeologists, the whitest people I know


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

You can find a a template and guidance on your submission cover letter here.

Think. Check. Submit. helps researchers to identify quality journals for publishing their research, and avoid falling prey to the predatory journals.

Peer Community In Archaeology : a community of recommenders playing the role of editors who recommend unpublished articles based on peer-reviews to make them complete, reliable and citable articles, without the need for publication in ‘traditional’ journals (you can still go ahead and publish in traditional journals, and it costs nothing).

Peer Reviewing

The Art of Manuscript Reviewing

COPE’s Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers

Tips for Peer Review: A Guide to Providing a Useful Evaluation

Consider a Publons Profile. Here’s mine:


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

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 agreed with this assessment that his book does not account for the experiences or perspectives of women researchers:

Create a writing group of your own, set some goals and share your progress on a shared document (e.g. Google sheet).

Leaving Academia

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

Roostervane is Chris Cornthwaite’s project to help graduates of advanced degrees move out of academia into a career with purpose.

A thoughtful post by Emily Herring on why she quit her postdoc and is leaving academia.

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