Career Tracking surveys of Doctorate Holders

Providing our partners with high quality, reliable data on researcher careers


What Career Tracking is about

ESF-Science Connect offers tailored career tracking services, including survey development and implementation, enabling research funding and research performing organisations, universities and policy-makers to assess the impact of investment in research career development.    

This includes:

  • Tracking researcher's mobility in their careers
  • Tracking the quality of research training and skills
  • Tracking for accountability and impact assessment

Value of Career Tracking

For Research Performing organisations and Universities

  • Assess impact and quality of doctoral programmes
  • Demonstrate programme outcomes through professional destinations
  • Advance and develop programmes to support doctoral education
  • Support institutional competitiveness and profile of the institution
  • Promote career development and monitor career advancement
  • Provide career orientation and information about employability inside/outside research

For Research Funders and Policymakers

  • Inform about the outcome and impact of career supporting schemes
  • Underpin policy and programme planning
  • Support a structured approach to career formation and the labour market, including capacity building according to supply and demand

For individual researchers

  • Demonstrate the attractiveness and perceived quality  of research careers
  • Understand the motivation to engage in doctoral training
  • Appreciate the broad variety of successful careers

Benefits of working with ESF-Science Connect

  • A peer-reviewed, validated questionnaire for exploring researcher mobility patterns and career/research outcomes and career choices
  • A high quality survey process with strong emphasis on high response rates
  • A partnership-based methodology and processes; use of qualitative methods as appropriate (e.g. focus groups, interviews, etc.)
  • A tailored approach ranging from setting-up individual career tracking systems for organisations and assessment of the impact of research funding on researchers’ careers, to larger-scale surveys across several organisations

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