Five junior researchers share their thoughts on travel barriers

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A survey of over 200 junior researchers has revealled some of the key factors that get in the way of work travel early in a research career.

Now, five junior researchers have come forward to share their perspectives on the various travel blockers that their peers have identified.


We surveyed over 200 junior researchers to find out what’s holding them back

For researchers, career progression is linked with international travel. We already knew that junior researchers are less likely to travel than any other group, but we didn’t know why…that is, until now.

Over 200 of you came forward to share what was holding you back, and we saw a number of issues come up again and again.

Curious about why junior researchers travel less? Here’s everything you need to know.

1. Funding

When asked to select the biggest barrier from a list, over 63% of you chose funding. In…


Over 200 researchers took part in a survey into the barriers they face to travelling for work. We know that junior researchers are travelling less than any other group, but we wanted to find out why.

This is what we discovered:

Stories: Researchers Share Their Stories of Travel Barriers

Analysis: Why Junior Researchers are Travelling Less

In numbers: Why Junior Researchers are Travelling Less


We surveyed over 200 junior researchers for their opinions on career travel: what gets in the way, and why do junior researchers travel less than their peers?

Between funding and time constraints, funding came up as the biggest barrier by a significant margin. But researchers also a range of other issues from childcare challenges to the restrictions created by hierarchy.


Articles and videos that explore the issues junior researchers face when it comes to visiting, studying and working abroad

Have thoughts on why junior researchers are travelling less? We want to hear what you think. Take part in our 1-minute survey.


International travel is a fundamental part of research, but our recent global survey of researchers demonstrates that junior researchers are travelling considerably less than their senior colleagues. We want to know why.

Are junior researchers choosing to travel less, or is there a lack of opportunities and support for those who want to visit and work abroad?

Have you been affected by this issue? We want to hear from you on why you think junior researchers are travelling less. Take part in our 1-minute survey.

Then join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook or by email.


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All figures relate to our recent survey of researchers.

Have thoughts on why junior researchers are travelling less? We want to hear what you think. Take part in our 1-minute survey.


Our recent global survey of researchers demonstrates that junior researchers are travelling considerably less than their senior colleagues. We want to know why.

Have you been affected by this issue? We want to hear from you on why you think junior researchers are travelling less. Take part in our 1-minute survey.

Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook or by email.


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