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Research Young Academy Groningen Membership


Are you wondering: what is an early career researcher exactly? Do you identify yourself as an ECR?

If you have obtained your PhD within the last ~10 years and are pursuing independent academic research (ie: are a postdoc, a tenure, tenure-track or non-tenure track academic staff member at the RUG or UMCG) you are considered an early career researcher (ECR).

As an ECR at the UG or UMCG, would you enjoy being involved with the Young Academy or with a peer network of researchers at the University who are in a similar career stage?

If the answer is yes, there are two ways to connect with the Young Academy Groningen:

1.Each year we seek new enthusiastic ECRs to join the Young Academy. The call for new members is open each year in November. Please see our website for more information on how to apply and eligibility criteria.

2. Since ECRs are from diverse faculties and disciplines at the University, it can be quite challenging to reach out and connect with all of you. We as the Young Academy Groningen want to create a peer network of ECRs at the University. If you would like to be involved, please join our mailing list to find out about events and happenings, membership calls, and policy related matters where we welcome your input as an ECR. To join our mailing list, please click here

I hear about all these great organizations, YAG, YARN, YoungRUG, but what exactly are they?

We are the Young Academy Groningen (YAG), a group of early career researchers from all Faculties at the UG and UMCG. We are modelled after the Dutch National Young Academy but at the local University level. YAG members are academic early career researchers employed at the UG or UMCG and have obtained their PhD within the last 10 years. Each year we hold a round for selecting new members.

YARN is the Young Arts Network, specifically for junior faculty within the Faculty of Arts. For more information about YARN you can email Martijn Wieling .

YoungRUG is an initiative for young support staff (OBP staff) with a focus on networking, professional development, and institutional knowledge sharing. For more information about YoungRUG, please send them an email .

What if I only have a short-term contract with the University/UMCG? Am I still eligible for membership to the Young Academy Groningen?

Yes. The criteria for membership is that you have received your PhD within the last 10 years and are employed at the University of Groningen or UMCG at the date of application deadline. Membership in the YAG is for 5 years, but this does not necessarily mean you must have a contract that covers the duration of your time in the YAG should you be selected as a member.

(Note: members who no longer have a contract with the University are automatically given YAG Alumni status. Membership in the YAG does not ensure that any University employment contract will be continued).

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