Mapping Career Patterns in Research: A Sequence Analysis of Career Histories of ERC Applicants

  • Sara Connolly (Creator)
  • Stefan Fuchs (Creator)
  • Channah Herschberg (Creator)
  • Brigitte Schels (Creator)
  • Claartje Vinkenburg (Creator)



Data on individual career histories were collected in a survey of ERC applicants. Due to data protection regulations, the ERC gave us permission to survey those who had applied for the StG in 2012 – as applicants from previous years were surveyed as part of an earlier ERC funded project – and all AdG applicants between 2007 and 2012. Our data collection and protection procedures were described in the declaration on ethics considerations of ERC-CSA-2012-317442 ERCAREER, approved by the ERC Executive Agency, in compliance with the terms of Regulation EC 45/2001, and included written consent of survey participants.

This work was supported by the European Research Council (ERC) Coordination and Support Action (CSA) [ERC-CSA-2012-317442], project acronym ERCAREER, and hosted by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. A summary of the main findings of the original enquiry, “Capturing career paths of ERC grantees and applicants: Promoting sustainable excellence in research careers”, is available at:

The data is historic, it refers to ERC Starting Grant applicants in 2012 and ERC Advanced Grant applicants 2007-2012. More recent statistics on the gender breakdown of ERC applicants and grantees are available:

Also for each funding scheme:
Starting Grant
Consolidator Grant
Advanced Grant

The ERC has a working group which monitors gender issues:

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Date made available2020
PublisherUniversity of East Anglia
Temporal coverage2007 - 2012
Date of data production2007 - 2012
Geographical coverageEurope

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