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.
Index by Federal and Non-Federal agencies
View Funding Opportunities at University of California-Berkeley:
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.
Top 10 List for an Early Career Strategy
- Carve out your research priorities and career path.
- Identify alignment points: how does your research align with global, federal, regional, state, and local priorities.
- Get to know department, college, and institutional resources.
- Bump up against new people and ideas outside the expected resource chain.
- Identify and communicate with potential funders early.
- Create a concise and targeted faculty profile (web site, Scholarworks or other) and white paper.
- Create a new biographical sketch
- Use document templates to put focus on content, not format and adjustments.
- Build your teaching skills and understanding of educational research needs.
- Help Idaho.