Surviving and Progressing as a Research Fellow

Sarah Dyer, Kate Weiner

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Social scientists do not apply for research grants or nurture collaborative networks in order to become managers, and are often reluctant to see themselves as such. In this chapter, we review the role that a principal investigator (PI) takes on in a project which employs research fellows. We shall discuss terminology at more length, but, briefly, by ‘research fellow’, we mean someone who has postgraduate training and experience, often a PhD, but does not have a permanent or tenured contract of employment with a university or research centre. Research fellows are usually employed for the duration of a particular project under the direction of the PI. They are expected to be capable of a degree of independent action and initiative, while deferring to the PI’s leadership when required.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Research Management
EditorsRobert Dingwall, Mary Byrne McDonnell
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSage Publications Ltd
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781473914445
ISBN (Print)9781446203187
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2015


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