Tips on Doing Impactful Research

  • Tips on Doing Impactful Research, created by Silvana Hultsch and Ronja Lutz, explains how students in any discipline can increase their ability to do impactful research.

Online Courses

Improve your scientific writing:

Develop your research skills (statistics, methodology):

Improve your computational and data analysis skills:

Learn how to do science openly and transparently:


Resource libraries:

Searching for relevant literature:

  • Connected Papers creates a visual overview of your field of study, showing papers that are similar to the paper you started with.
  • Semantic Scholar is a literature search tool that provides one sentence summaries of papers and shows papers that influenced or were influenced by the paper you are reading.
  • Scite shows the contexts in which a scientific article has been cited and whether the citations were accompanied by supporting or contrasting evidence.

Where to find existing data:

Estimating your required sample size and statistical power:

Recruiting research participants:

Tool for building online experiments and behaviour change programs:


Where to publish your paper
(both sites provide recommendations based on your abstract):

Other tools for improving and speeding up your workflow:

  • Elicit is a GPT-3 powered research assistant that helps classify datasets, brainstorm research questions, search through publications and find lists of researchers related to a list you started with, which may help you find thesis supervisors. You can request access to use it for research.
  • SMMRY automatically summarises text to save you time.
  • The Brain allows you to organise ideas in non-linear mind maps. We think it’s the best mind-map tool and may be particularly useful during creative research phases and when working in open/new research fields.


All disciplines

Many universities have their own university- or faculty/school-based mini-grants programs to support students with particularly promising research or extra-curricular plans (e.g. exceptional research proposals for their undergraduate, masters or PhD thesis or plans to attend conferences or research-based events to support their research).

Try googling something like “special research grants [name of your university]” to find whether yours offer this.

The 2021 scholarship guide outlines scholarships available in various universities across multiple countries for undergraduate, masters and PhD students.

Funding for animal advocacy and alternative protein research:

Funding for philosophy and economics research:

Funding for research related to the long-term future:


International, all disciplines

International, discipline-specific




Prizes from other countries coming soon...

Also, your own department/university likely run their own thesis awards. Consider applying, it is usually a good way to show that your thesis is exceptional.

Internships and career opportunities

Many opportunities relevant to our prioritised research directions can be found below:

Opportunities can also be found by signing up for the newsletters of the research organisations mentioned in our prioritised research directions profiles.

We also do regular searches and hand-pick opportunities that are relevant for the students we coach (i.e. opportunities that are early-career, relevant to some of our prioritised research directions and explicitly research related or with a heavy research component). If you want to make use of this service, please apply for our coaching.

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