Do one thing today that your future self will thank you for… Join the Research Masterminds Success Academy, a membership that amplifies academic excellence.

Complete your postgraduate research project with ease, develop your academic and life skills, and still have time to do the things you love.


Is this you?

Completing a master's or doctoral research project is a challenge in itself. Any of these sound familiar?

- "Between my kids and my work, I just don't have enough time to work on my research project"

- "I was on a roll a few weeks ago, but then got stuck and now I'm avoiding my laptop"

- "I feel overwhelmed and don't even know where to start, so then I just postpone until next time".

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Postgraduate students face many legitimate challenges, but we all strive to achieve the same goal: to complete the research project (and degree) while still having time to enjoy life out there.

Introducing the Research Masterminds Success Academy

An awesome membership site for postgraduate students working on a master's or doctoral research project - a safe place with live workshops, helpful content and an engaging community - all of which will allow you to develop your academic skills, stay motivated, boost your productivity, complete your research project with ease, and have time to enjoy the good things in life.

How can the Research Masterminds Success Academy help you achieve your goals?

Finish your Research Project with Ease

Sharing your goals with others will keep you accountable, ensuring that you stay motivated and procrastinate less. It is always much more fun to work on your research project knowing that others are doing the same and that you can celebrate your wins in the Success Community.

Develop your Academic Skills

The live workshops, short courses, academic resources, templates and other content will give you a head-start in your academic career. You'll know things that others don't. Do remember to pay it forward and teach others what you've learnt, or forward them this webpage and invite them to join.

Enjoy Life out There

A big focus of the Research Masterminds Success Academy is on living a balanced life. The helpful content in the Academy will allow you to work on your research project with intention and determination; you'll feel more in control and have more time to do the things you love.

About the Founder

I'm Benita Olivier, a professor passionate about academia, research and life. I have completed two master's degrees and a PhD and have supervised more than 30 postgraduate students to completion. I supervise between 10 and 20 master's and doctoral research projects at any given time, and being part of postgraduate students' research, career, and life journeys are close to my heart. I'm firmly embedded in the academic context, through my roles as Professor of Rehabilitation at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom, and the Director of the Wits Cricket Research Hub for Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. My experience as a postgraduate student, supervisor of postgraduate students, postgraduate coordinator and academic inspires me to share my expertise and experience with others and pay forward what I learned from many mentors over the years. The Research Masterminds Success Academy is the perfect platform for me to do just that!

You can read more about my research here.

Stay happy and change the world as you wander through it!

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What will you get from the membership?

You will get everything you need to stay motivated, successfully complete your research project and develop your academic abilities.

Live Workshops

This once-a-month live, online group workshop will create a safe space where you can interact with an experienced professor and get your questions answered, without feeling intimidated, so that you can achieve your goals and pave the road to success.

Content Casket

The Content Casket already contains the famous write-up template, as well as 14 other templates, 14 short courses, and 27 live workshop and 30 Creators' Haven recordings. New content gets added each month, be it a short course, a template, a checklist, or other helpful gems.

Success Community

Join our exclusive, private forum and enjoy the presence of a community of postgraduate students who are, like you, all working on their research projects. Get the support you need to finish your research stress-free, while having fun in between.

Creators' Haven

This quarterly virtual retreat will help you block some time out and create new knowledge with other like-minded achievers. Make progress with your research project, and still have time left to do the things you love, while growing into the go-to expert in your field.

Academic Resources

This ever-growing collection currently contains more than 130 links to valuable third-party resources and will ensure that you have all the academic resources you need at your fingertips so that you can navigate the academic journey without frustration. 

Bonus Benefits

Some AI tools and smart platforms can boost one's productivity, progress and output. Members get discount on: Collabwriting, Consensus, Covidence, Dextego, Elicit, Gamma, Head space courses, ProWritingAid, Quillbot, and Scrivener.

  • Masterminds

    “The ResearchMasterminds Success Academy has been an absolute game-changer for me as a PhD student. The user-friendly interface and well-organised content make it effortless to access the information I need, ensuring that I am always equipped with the necessary tools to excel in my PhD studies. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking to enhance their research and academic endeavours.”

    Former PhD candidate, Now PhD supervisor

  • Masterminds

    “I really enjoy the platform and like-minded individuals sharing their journeys. It creates a safe haven to share ideas and questions. I am looking forward to the journey ahead.”

    Former MSc student

Pricing options

Life changes? So can your membership — Easy exit, always: Cancel anytime within a few mouse clicks

Pay Monthly


per month

Recurring monthly payment

Pay Annually


per year

Recurring yearly payment 

What topics will be covered?

Each month we'll conquer a new topic such as those listed below.

  • Proposal development
  • Scientific writing
  • Getting published
  • Dealing with peer-review and rejection
  • Thesis/dissertation writing tips and tricks
  • Getting out of a slump
  • Dealing with your supervisor
  • Work-life balance
  • Parenting and your research
  • Getting your dream academic job
  • Networking and congresses
  • Getting organised
  • Supervising your own (post)graduate students
  • Disseminating your research findings
  • Science communication and engagement
  • Creating impact through research
  • Nurturing your academic portfolio
  • Developing your niche area
  • Grant writing
  • Research project management
  • Time management and productivity
  • And many more...

Discounted AI & Productivity Tools for members

- Research smarter, not harder -

As a member you can tap into these Bonus Benefits from Collabwriting, Consensus, Covidence, Dextego, Elicit, Gamma, Head space courses, ProWritingAid, Quillbot, and Scrivener to boost your research success!

5 000 free credits with a paid plan

AI tool to find papers, extract information, and compare data.

50% off Pro and Plus plans

Create beautiful presentations, documents, and websites from text.

20% off Standard License

A versatile writing app for effective writing and organisation.

100% off Premium plan for 12 months

Find relevant studies and get research-backed answers to your questions.

10% off Premium plan

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30% off Premium Annual plan

AI writing tool for paraphrasing, summarising, translating, and more.

30% off Personal Pro plan

Help find and organise your research.

50% off Personal plan

AI-powered coaching software to help you become your best self.

50% off all courses

Teach you how to effectively manage your time, emails, note-taking, and information processing through intentional workflows and habits.

Free for LMIC and 50% off for researchers from HIC

Software to organise and screen studies for reviews.

The Research Masterminds Success Academy will amplify the support and guidance provided by the Research Masterminds YouTube Channel.

Universities and Institutions across the globe are referring their students to the Research Masterminds YouTube Channel

The Research Masterminds YouTube Channel was established in 2017 to serve as a platform to share helpful content with postgraduate students. Here are some comments from grateful postgraduate students.


Pricing options

Life changes? So can your membership — Simple, stress-free exit: Cancel within a few mouse clicks

Pay Monthly


per month

Recurring monthly payment

Pay Annually


per year

Recurring yearly payment

Conquer your dreams. Join the Research Masterminds Success Academy today.