ReaL step 1: young researchers

The research and leadership programme, ReaL, is a competence and career programme for research leaders at Umeå University. The programme is part of the University's efforts to support researchers' skills and career development.

The overall objective of the programme is to give young researchers support in the development as a researcher, an increased competence in the role as research leader and developing communication skills.

Content of the programme

Step 1 contains following content:

  • knowledge about external grant funding and recruitment
  • learning about project management
  • team development
  • mentoring and coaching
  • developing interdisciplinary contacts and national and international collaborations.
  • information about the organisation of the University
  • resources for support

You will also formulate your individual career plan with goals that will help you develop your research projects.

Target group: researchers in early stage of career

You should have experience from other research environments, such as a postdoc period preferably abroad. You have the ambition to apply for research funding and establish a research network or research group. You have limited experience as a research leader and supervisor but have experience of teaching.

You have held a PhD for the last two years, and preferably no longer than six years.

Examples of current position at the university

  • Assistant Professor/Associate Senior Lecturers
  • Researchers
  • Assistant Professor/Research Fellow
  • Newly appointed Associate Professor/Senior Lecturers.

Application and selection

The application form, including CV and self-evaluation, is submitted to your faculty. Your head of department must sign the application.

Dean of your faculty makes the initial selection and the final decision of admission is made by the pro vice-chancellor and deputy vice-chancellor for research.

ReaL Step 1 - application closed

ReaL Step 2 - application closed

ReaL Step 3 - application opening spring 2025



Project leaders



Anna-Lill Drugge
Associate professor at Department of Language Studies
📞 090- 786 99 43



Jon Moen
Professor, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (EMG)
📞 090- 786 96 47

Elizabet Westerlund