Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Edinburgh Award (Researcher Professional Development)

About the Edinburgh Award (Researcher Professional Development.) Deadline: Thursday 5th March 2020.

The IAD are currently welcoming applications from University of Edinburgh PhD students who are interested in completing an Edinburgh Award (Researcher Professional Development).

Deadline: Applications close noon on Thursday 5th March 2020. Please see further down the page for the application form.

What and when is it?

From March to December 2020, IAD is piloting an Edinburgh Award (Researcher Professional Development) for PhD students at the University. This is a structured Award for researchers to plan, engage and reflect on their professional development. Places are limited to twenty.

Why should I do it?

  • Support from the IAD doctoral education team
  • Facilitated group coaching sessions
  • Recognition from the University of your commitment to engaging in and taking responsibility for your professional development as a researcher. This can be added to a CV.
  • Opportunity for structured reflection on your development as a researcher.

What will I have to do?

You will have to commit to undertaking a minimum of 50 hours of professional development. This will be made up of 40 hours of practical professional development activities (example list below) and attendance at a minimum of four professional/ research development workshops provided by the IAD, your School or another service.

In addition you must:

  • attend three Edinburgh Award input sessions (input two will be online)
  • take part in two group coaching sessions (June and October)
  • keep a log of your activity which will be submitted for review during the Award
  • submit three self-reflections and short reflections on your development. These will be based on the University of Edinburgh Graduate Attributes Framework.

Example professional development activities (not exhaustive)

  • Public engagement activities (can be up to 40 hours)
  • Internships (can be up to 40 hours)
  • Conference attendance and presentations (attendance only does not count towards Award; 2 instances of preparing and presenting posters or papers can be counted up to a maximum of 10 hours)
  • Part-time work (can be up to 40 hours)
  • Committee membership and contribution (can count for maximum of 10 hours if can demonstrate evidence of active contribution and impact)
  • Organising and delivering training, seminars or conferences (can be up to 40 hours if demonstrate active contribution / key role)
  • Industry engagement (can be up to 40 hours if evidence of substantial contribution)
  • Peer support or mentoring (can be up to 40 hours if demonstrate formal involvement and structure)
  • Setting up, managing and / or contributing to a specialist blog, e.g. PGR matters or research focus (could be up to 40 hours if includes setting up and managing as well as contributing; or up to 3 blog posts or maximum of 10 hours if contributing only)

Please note teaching, tutoring and demonstrating cannot be counted towards the Award. Those undertaking these activities may be interested in the Edinburgh Teaching Award.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible you must be a current University of Edinburgh PhD student, preferably in the first year of your degree, from any disciplinary area.

It is strongly advised that you discuss this with your supervisory team before making an application.

Key Dates

The award will start on Monday 16th March 2020 and run until 11th December 2020.  There are a number of key dates you must be able to attend in person:

26th March 2020 - Input Session 1 (1.30pm - 3.30pm)

10th June OR 18th June 2020 - Coaching Session (9.30am - 12.30pm)

7th October OR 15th October 2020 - Coaching Session (9.30am - 12.30pm)

2nd December 2020 - Input Session 3 (10.00am - 12.30pm)


How to apply

Apply here

Deadline: Applications will close at noon on Thursday 5th March 2020

Further information and questions

For further information please contact