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Getting Started in DIT - Workshops and Supports

Staff Induction, Orientation and Career Development Planning

On joining DIT:

  • You will be invited to attend a DIT Staff Induction;
  • You may avail of a Research, Enterprise & Innovation Services (REIS) Orientation which can be done in small groups or on an individual basis (contact: Sandra.fisher@dit.ie);
  • You should meet with your PI to begin the process of developing a Researcher Development Plan.  For postdoctoral researchers it is recommended that the first iteration should be developed within the first three months of joining DIT;  
  • You may avail of supports in REIS around research funding opportunities and proposal development; 
  • May generally avail of the workshops and developmental opportunities arranged locally and centrally.
  • You should have regular meetings with relevant colleagues e.g. PI and REIS colleagues in order to ensure a consistent and planned approach to your development as a researcher and also to ensure  that you are  continuing to acquire knowledge and skills which support this  development. 

Building your Researcher Development Plan

Using the DIT Researcher Development Framework and through conversations with your PI and  other colleagues you should identify training and development gaps related to both an immediate priority (e.g. your work on a specific research project/s) and also your longer term career aspirations.  

Typically a postdoctoral researcher/early career researcher is concerned with applying for research funding as a stepping stone on the road to independence.  So becoming familiar with relevant funders and the requirements of their funding schemes is a goal all postdoctoral and early career researchers are likely to have.  Your relevant funders will have expectations around the quality they expect of successful  proposals  and the curriculum vitae of the submitting researcher.  So early familiarity with research  funders and their funding schemes is recommended. You can then begin your developmental journey,  acquiring the knowledge and skills to submit an excellent research proposal,  supported by a curriculum vitae that will convince  evaluators that you are appropriately and excellently qualified to undertake a particular research project.

 

Accessing Epigeum online courses:

For information contact Sandra.fisher@dit.ie

External providers of workshops and support

Research funding agencies regularly hold Information Sessions around funding calls.  Some may take place in DIT and some may be held externally, for example, at a funder’s headquarters.  Some funders also hold webinars.  Around the time of funding calls opening for applications is a time when funders often issue information around a particular call and hold an event to publicise the call and to provide advice and guidance around it.  While you may not be intending to apply immediately to a particular funding scheme attending a funder advisory session is highly recommended as this will allow you to become familiar with a particular funding scheme and its requirements well in advance of a submission deadline. Also you will start to become familiar with common language and key  elements related to proposal submission and development.   Many funding agencies issues  ezines and signing up for these is an easy way to stay in touch with relevant funding calls and events arranged by funders of particular interest to you.

DIT Fee Support and Fee Waiver Scheme

DIT operates a Fee Support Scheme (for externally provided programmes) and a Fee Waiver Scheme (for internally provided programmes).  More information may be found here.