Early-Career Advisory Group Application Form 2022

Early-career researchers in life sciences and biomedicine are eligible to apply as a candidates for ECAG elections. Full terms and conditions, along with the ECAG definition of an early-career researcher, can be found here

By submitting your information through this application form you are giving your consent for us to use the data in our applications, shortlisting, and elections process, as explained in the details of the Privacy Notice.

If you have any questions or comments about this form, the ECAG, and our elections process, please contact community@elifesciences.org.

About you
Contact details
Early scientific careers often involve moving countries – though it's not a rule. If you're due to move countries, we would appreciate knowing where you will be based in the near future. This way we can understand what regions of the world you would represent as an ECAG member.
Your career stage and field of study
PhD student, medical student, postdoc, assistant professor etc.
If you have a PhD, MD or MD-PhD, please enter the year you graduated here. If you are working towards a doctorate degree have not yet graduated, please enter your expected year of graduation.
We define this as scientists who have secured funding to support a research group, for example in a Group Leader, Principal Investigator or Assistant Professor position.
Please note that you can have no more than five years’ active experience in an independent position to be eligible for election to ECAG. Time away for parental leave, health leave, or other reasons unrelated to research is excluded. If you had any career breaks you'd like to let us know about, please contact community@elifesciences.org.
Your application section
eLife promotes open access publishing, depositing preprints, reproducibility of research, constructive peer review, transparency and openness in science, and community and workplace equity, diversity and inclusion. ECAG members need to support these concepts in principle, and act on them wherever possible.
Please tick the box below to confirm that you understand and agree with our principles.
Use this space to tell us why you are enthusiastic to join the ECAG, and how you would contribute to our work, given that our priorities in 2022 are: * increasing involvement of early-career researchers in peer review at eLife * increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in eLife’s communities * identifying and addressing bias in publishing process * supporting the transition to the publish-review-curate model of science communication * increasing openness and integrity in the way science is done and shared. It would help us to know if you have an experience contributing to other groups - formal or informal - in the sphere of research culture and science communication, so please list here if relevant.
More about you

We are committed to forming and empowering communities within eLife that reflect the diversity of the international research communities that we serve. We welcome candidates of all abilities, backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, genders, races and sexual orientations.

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