In academia moving job regularly means uprooting your family and moving city; knowing what groundwork to lay is vital to ease your transition


Fixed-term contracts are an increasingly common feature of academia. A new job often involves you packing up and moving to a new city or country, and navigating the associated challenges of setting up your new life in a strange place. Here we provide a series of curated resources to help plan your next relocation, from negotiating moving expenses to understanding the cultural norms of your new home. Subscribe to keep in touch with the latest relocation resources!


Interview with Scott Jones on packing up and moving to a new job with your family


“Making new friends as adults is hard, at least for me, so it takes loads of courage to step out, especially as a vulnerable, new-to-town person. But it has always paid off!”

Dr SCOTT JONES, Researcher @ United States Geological Survey


Resources to help academic parents relocate for a new job

Articles, Books & Reports

Combining Parenthood And A Career In Germany DE

Moving to a new country can be overwhelming - it is important to become familiar with the local policies and practices regarding parental leave, return to work, and flexibility to help navigate parenthood in your home. This article provides a survival guide for Germany.

Tools & Training

Negotiating In Academia USA+

Moving to a new job in a new city or country is an expensive business. In these webinars you are provided with guidance on negotiating in academia. Use these tools to negotiate for relocation assistance.

working abroad forum for academics

The Chronicle for Higher Education Working Abroad Forum Global

If you have a burning question about moving to an academic posting in a new country, then post it on the working abroad forum and leverage the community’s combined knowledge.

app for mothers to connect with new network in new city

Connect With Other Mothers In A New City Global

Have you moved to a new city or country? Are you far away from your support network. Check out Peanut, an app to put you in touch with mothers in your area.