Early Career Work and Family Scholars Program

early career scholars program

The Work and Family Researchers
Network is committed to mentoring the next generation of work and family scholars. Our Early Career Scholars Program (ECS) provides supports for recent doctoral recipients to advance their research, teaching, and long-term career prospects. By offering networked resources and consultation, we help promising new scholars move into tenured appointments and secure senior-level positions, as well as engage them with the work and family community of scholars. This program builds on two successful cohorts supported by the former Sloan Work and Family Research Network and one cohort supported by WFRN.  For more information on the history of the program, go here.

Fifteen scholars were selected for the 2013-2014 Early Career Scholars (ECS) program.  Scholars received their doctorate in 2010 or later, and have yet to progress into tenured or secure senior level positions.  Those anticipating receipt of their doctoral degree by June 2013 were eligible to apply.  Application was not restricted on the basis of location. Recipients of the award were expected to become members of the WFRN. Stay tuned for information about applying to be in the 2015-2016 ECS cohort. 

All participants attended the WFRN conference  held from June 19-21, 2014 in New York City.  Participants received support to defer travel expenses. At that conference, an event targeted to serve their interests, such as networking opportunities with senior scholars and other career development activities, was held on Wednesday afternoon, June 18, 2014.  In addition, the Early Career Scholars will be connected with one another in periodic encounters beyond the conference, designed to facilitate collaboration, peer-mentorship, guidance on teaching, and development of research programs. 

Questions about the program can be addressed to program director, Stephen Sweet