Academic leadership and career planning –course 2021–2022

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HSSH offers a course in collaboration with HYMY -doctoral school to support post-doctoral research staff in their academic leadership and career planning. This course is targeted to post-doctoral researchers who are launching their independent researcher career after earning the PhD. and building their own research group.

The course offers help in your efforts to:

  • develop your own career trajectory/horizon for the coming 5 years
  • plan how to build your own research group and learning of academic leadership skills
  • map out opportunities and schedules research funding
  • build multidisciplinary networks inside UH
  • learn to make full use of the UH research services and infrastructure

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

Guest speakers will link these practical matters to discussing the larger thematic horizons of social sciences and humanities, such as well-being, climate change challenges, datafication, security, cultural interaction.

The course will convene for 5 full day workshops (Fridays: 10–15) over the coming academic years (Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 12, Feb 4, March 4, April 8).

The programme will bring inactive academics to share their experiences as well as experts from inside and outside UH. Between the workshops, participants will work on drafting a portfolio that brings together their research trajectory, merits and plans. We are aiming for a final workshop to be organized as study trip to Brussels in May 2022.

For the application, you need the following documents

  • 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.

 Fill the application.

Deadline for applications is August 20, 2021 15:00.

We are planning of enrolling 2 groups (each 10–12 participants) of peers representing a wide disciplinary range of social sciences and humanities. We will provide a constructive, interdisciplinary work environment and wide range for expertise to support your efforts. The course will bring together people from all faculties of the central campus. Participants will be selected by the coordinating group on HSSH).

Inquiries (slow response in July): risto.kunelius@helsinki.fipekka.a.makela@helsinki.fi