Career tracking

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


What we do

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

  • Tracking to find out where researchers move 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/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/profile the institution
    • Promote career development and monitor career advancement
    • Provide career orientation and information about employability inside/outside research
  • For research funders/policymakers
    • Inform on 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/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, 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