ReaL - Research and leadership programme

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, adapted to the career paths available in the new employment scheme.

The objective of the ReaL programme is to act as competence support for researchers at different stages of their careers, which includes:

  • learning and developing skills regarding leadership, especially focusing on research leadership
  • supporting the development of successful research environments, both existing and future environments
  • supporting your individual career development and continuing academic growth.

A specific goal of the initiative is to focus on you as a research leader and develop your ability to combine a high level of creativity with good research leadership.

The programme is divided into three steps depending on where you are in your career, and each step adds to the other. This means that you can choose to participate in one of the steps, but also continue through all three steps. To find out more about the different steps, please read under the headings "ReaL Step 1", "ReaL Step 2" and "ReaL Step 3" found on this page. Under these headings, you will find all the information you need about applying for the programme. All elements in the programme will be held in English.

The programme runs to 2022 as for now. For information about when the steps will take place, see overview.

To learn more about the target groups for the different steps see the document Career levels Step 1-3.

The final date for applying to ReaL Step 3, 2021 is 21 September 2020.

Further information about ReaL - Research and leadership programme

If you have questions or need further information, please contact the programme leaders.

Matts Björklund, development consultant, Office for Human Resources, +46 90-786 99 89

Britta Lundgren, professor, Department of Culture and Media Studies, +46 90-786 62 43

ReaL Step 1

The programme targets persons who are in an early stage of their research career.

Information and objectives Step 1

Application form ReaL Step 1

Overview of Step 1, programme

ReaL Step 2

The programme targets persons who have a small to medium sized network/research group and want to develop as a research leader.

The next ReaL – programme on step 2 level, will be carried out during the autumn of 2021 and spring 2022. The programme will be open for application in the spring of 2021.

Invitation to ReaL Step 2

Programme overview of Step 2

ReaL Step 3

The programme targets persons who are competent and experienced research leaders who wants to take the next step in building larger/more advanced research environments.

The next ReaL Step 3 programme is starting early 2021. Applications end 21 September 2020.

ReaL Step 3: Distinguished Research Leader