SOAS University of London

Support for SOAS Researchers

Researcher Development Resources

SOAS is committed to supporting our research staff and offers a range of training opportunities and resources for researcher development. Be sure to check with your academic department about further opportunities for training, events, mentoring and other resources. The Research Planning Templates will also help you to plan your research.

  • Research Office

    The Research Office offers funding awareness, training and networking events throughout the year. These events are advertised in the weekly research bulletin. You can find the resources used in previous events on MySOAS.

    The Research Office has also developed online researcher training modules to enable you to complete courses at your own convenience. You can access the modules at any time during the year and go through them at your own pace. Each one finishes with an evaluation test and you will receive an attendance certificate at the end of the year if you complete the test.

    All you need to do is click on the module you want to study and self-enrol:

    Getting to Know the Basics

    Talking Impact

    Winning Grants

    Introduction to Consultancy

    Introduction to Knowledge Exchange

    Managing Your Grant

    Enhancing Research Impact

    Research Contracts

    Our other online resources include the Epigeum online Research Integrity programme, which SOAS has subscribed to as part of our commitment to the highest ethical standards in research. The Research Integrity programme is designed to provide researchers with a basic understanding of responsible research practices.

    You will also find the Vitae website useful. Vitae is a national organisation which supports the professional development of researchers. As a member of SOAS, you can register for a Vitae account using your SOAS username and password. The Vitae website provides lots of useful information, advice and resources for researchers, including the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). This describes the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers. 

  • Careers Service

    The SOAS Careers Service provides personal advice, practice interviews and workshops specifically for doctoral researchers and early career researchers to help them with all aspects of planning their careers.  

    Doctoral researchers and early career researchers can also find a wide range of information on MySOAS Student (you will need to login using your SOAS credentials). 

    For further details, contact the Careers Service by email at, by telephone on 020 7898 4115 or in person in Room SL62. 

  • Staff Development Office

    The Staff Development Office offers a range of support for staff members of SOAS and regularly advertises training courses on the Course Calendar.

    New academic staff are supported by the SOAS New Staff Orientation Programme, a mentoring scheme, and access to an accredited ADD course for new lecturers with less than two years teaching experience (a requirement of probation).

    To contact the Staff Development Office, please email

  • Library

    Early career researchers are automatically invited to Post Doc Lunches, which are hosted regularly by the Library. Lunch is provided, and it is normally the case that speakers addressing specific concerns are invited to attend. There is then time to relax and socialise with colleagues. 

    The Library also offers a wide range of workshops available for researchers from managing and sharing research data to building a better online research profile. Check the Library's 'Training and Events' page for details of future events. 

  • Winning Large Grants Seminar Series

    Videos featuring SOAS researchers sharing their experience, knowledge and lessons learned from leading large grant-funded projects are available to SOAS staff and students on Microsoft Stream. The videos are recordings of the virtual Winning Large Grants Seminar Series which took place in 2021. Seminars focus on both social science and arts and humanities projects, and topics covered range from writing a successful large grant application and working with international partners to creating research impact and influencing policy. In other sessions, researchers deliver biographies of their large grant, multi-year projects. Recordings of all of the seminars are available. Login to watch the videos on Microsoft Stream.