Early Career Investigators Resource Page

Disclaimer: All information here is subject to change and is for working purposes only. Please contact the IRIS Early Career Investigators Working Group with any questions or concerns.


Early Career Investigators (ECIs) are generally defined as senior graduate students through pre-tenure faculty. The ECI working group formed in Fall 2011 to engage with, understand the needs of, and develop resources for IRIS-related ECIs. Our mission is to organize mentorship opportunities and resources aiding professional development of ECIs as they finish graduate school and work towards permanent jobs in industry or academia. The objective of this effort is to lower energy and knowledge barriers, boosting the effectiveness, productivity, and quality of life of young researchers and educators. Although we focus on ECI topics most relevant to the IRIS community, our goal is to develop and support resources that are beneficial to a wide range of earth scientists.


Upcoming Workshops

Past Workshops

Working Group

Community Members

Community Advisors

IRIS Staff

External Links

Early Career Programs and Resources

Research Questions of Interest

Career Opportunity Programs and information

Associated Organizations

Education Programs

Funding Opportunities

To apply for a fellowship, it is generally vital to have identified at least one faculty member and/or research scientist who will act as your mentor at the institution. You must have a clear research plan, and a good track record of publishing and securing support for your work (this can be through travel grants, so apply for funding throughout your PhD). For external funding, the university will have to double check your proposal, so allow plenty of time and expect the work with a proposal team in the department of your prospective institution.

Funding (United States)

Funding (International)

Note that lectureships in the U.K. (equivalent to assistant professor) positions are often advertised between April and September for an October through January start. This cycle takes place after the U.S. recruitment cycle.

Research and Teaching Materials

Reference Materials