Call for Participants: Building Collective Resilience Among Early Career Female Academics

A group of U21 Early Career Researcher Workshop Alumni from 2018 (Andrea Casals, Marilu Melo Zurita and Vasna Ramasar) were recently awarded U21 Researcher Resilience Funding to help build resilience in female ECRs during unprecedented times. 

They invite self-identifying female early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to join them in a four-session Workshop aimed at opening conversations and developing skills about what it means to build resilience in these times in our contexts. The aim of this project is to increase research leadership and build digital capacity that explores possibilities for online research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences, as well as to foster an interdisciplinary research community among U21 self-identifying female early career researchers to perform successfully in the post pandemic scenario. (See further info attached).

They welcome applications from persons who meet the following criteria: 

  • Early career humanities and social science researchers within 8 years after their PhD (career interruptions are accepted)
  • PhD Candidates working in humanities and social sciences 
  • Self-identifying as female (the term “self-identifying female” is inclusive of non-binary genders, recognising that experiences of gender inequality may also be an issue for non-conforming early-career researchers.)
  • From a U21 affiliated university (check this link U21 Members to make sure your university is a member of U21) 
  • Available to participate in four two-hour online sessions over the course of February - March 2021. 
  • Willing to devote time to offline tasks and group work in between the online sessions (approx. three hours per week in between sessions) 
  • Invested in developing a long term career in academia and contributing to teaching and/or research

Workshop

The goals of the Workshop are to build research and teaching digital capacity as a community that will enable participants individually and collectively to:

  • Explore and discuss available tools for innovating in the ways to engage in online research and teaching that continue to focus on the human connection.
  • Name and share the barriers and opportunities female researchers face in their early careers, especially in the context of a pandemic, and identify specific ways to address them.
  • Host meaningful conversations among participants and explore possible ways to stay connected after the workshop and continue building a supportive and empowering community.

The Workshop will consist of four two-hour sessions that will take place between February and March of 2021. Topics covered in the sessions will include: online teaching and facilitation tools; strategies and methods for conducting digital research; needs, barriers and opportunities that have arisen for social science researchers in the context of the pandemic; strategies for building an ongoing support and practice community of female-identified early career academics. The workshops will be conducted in an experiential and participatory way; therefore everyone’s input will be key for shaping the topics covered as well as the outcomes of the process.

Download the full call for participants document here

Application Procedure

You will need to fill out an application form. As the programme has a limited capacity of approximately 20-25 participants, Andrea, Marilu and Vasna will be selecting candidates based on their written submission provided via the linked below.

The application deadline is Monday 30 November, 2020.  Successful applicants will be notified in December.

If you have any further questions, please contact Andrea, Marilu and Vasna directly at U21buildingresilience@gmail.com.

Contact
Dr Connie Wan
Event start date
15 October, 00:00
Event end date
06 December, 00:00
How to register

You will need to fill out an application form.

Eligibility
  • Early career humanities and social science researchers within 8 years after their PhD (career interruptions are accepted) 
  • PhD Candidates working in humanities and social sciences 
  • Self-identifying as female (the term “self-identifying female” is inclusive of non-binary genders, recognising that experiences of gender inequality may also be an issue for non-conforming early-career researchers.)
  • From a U21 affiliated university (check this link U21 Members to make sure your university is a member of U21) 
  • Available to participate in four two-hour online sessions over the course of February - March 2021. 
  • Willing to devote time to offline tasks and group work in between the online sessions (approx. three hours per week in between sessions) 
  • Invested in developing a long term career in academia and contributing to teaching and/or research