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Early Career Opportunities

The following resources are intended to help new, early career, and young faculty explore their own career goals as well as a range of funding and grant opportunities. Many agencies and foundations provide special programs for faculty in the early part of their career.

Helpful Links

Index by Federal and Non-Federal agencies

View Funding Opportunities at University of California-Berkeley:

Private foundations

View Funding Opportunities at University of California Riverside:

Federal and private funding opportunities in the social sciences, arts and humanities

View Funding Opportunities at Northeastern University:

National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding opportunities specific to area of study

View Funding Opportunities at University of Nevada, Las Vegas:

Funding opportunities and resources by discipline

View Funding Opportunities at University of Nebraska- Lincoln:

National Science Foundation CAREER Grant

Boise State maintains an internal web site to help faculty prepare for the NSF CAREER- Faculty Early Career Development Program. You must be logged into your myBoiseState account to access the website.

Visit NSF CAREER Resources to Support Your Proposal Development Webpage:

Goal Setting For Scholarly Work & Research

Know Your Department

Understand what your requirements are- whether they are tenured related or other.  Some things to consider might include: what are acceptable journals to publish in? does proposal production count towards tenure? do funded grants counted towards tenure? what other scholarly activities are important- performances, books, conference presentation, invited talks, etc?

Make Connections and Build Collaborations

  • Set up regular meetings with your mentor.
  • Seek out informal mentors, advisors, counselors and senior faculty.
  • Seek out collaborators inside and outside Boise State.

Develop Your Expertise

  • Attend professional meetings.
  • Become a reviewer for funding agencies, conferences, and journals.
  • Identify what is necessary to become recognized in your field – look at colleagues who are Fellows in technical societies.
  • Identify funding agencies of interest.
  • Visit program managers.
  • Meet with staff from Research Development and OSP.
  • Identify research teams if they exist and meet with them.
  • Identify forums to present your research.

Manage Your Schedule and Time Commitments

  • Make research a priority.
  • Develop agenda around best times to collect data, deadlines for conferences and grant submissions and best times to write.
  • Establish blocks of time to work on your own research activities weekly.
  • Plan for some leave time (buyouts) to maximize opportunities to write.
  • Manage list serve subscriptions so that you receive useful information.


Karen Marker's

Top 10 List for an Early Career Strategy

  1. Carve out your research priorities and career path.
  2. Identify alignment points: how does your research align with global, federal, regional, state, and local priorities.
  3. Get to know department, college, and institutional resources.
  4. Bump up against new people and ideas outside the expected resource chain.
  5. Identify and communicate with potential funders early.
  6. Create a concise and targeted faculty profile  (web site, Scholarworks or other) and white paper.
  7. Create a new biographical sketch
  8. Use document templates to put focus on content, not format and adjustments.
  9. Build your teaching skills and understanding of educational research needs.
  10.  Help Idaho.