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Early Career Researcher Training Grants

 ACU Early Career Researcher (ECR) Training Grants fund staff at ACU member universities to organise and deliver training for their early career researchers, including doctoral candidates. The training will equip researchers with essential skills to enable them to succeed in their careers, whether they remain in academia or utilise their skills in other professional fields. 

Who can apply?

Research offices staff at ACU member universities, or any other staff member who leads on providing training for early career researchers, can apply. Universities can use their internal criteria of what defines an ECR, but this must include doctoral candidates, and the training must be made available to ECRs from multiple disciplines.

Skills which are in scope of the training include:

  • Presentation skills
  • Networking
  • Time management
  • Public engagement and communicating with non-academic audiences
  • Media training
  • Social media
  • Relationship/stakeholder management
  • Grant writing
  • Research data management
  • Career training, including doctoral careers outside higher education

Grant amount

The grant available is GBP 1,000.

Applications closed on Monday 8 November at 17:00 UTC

These grants are delivered as part of one of the ACU Supporting Research Community’s aim to help the development of early career researchers across the Commonwealth.

I really enjoyed the course platform and the use of different interactive modules. I also appreciated that the discussion about knowledge mobilisation was not entirely technical, and that the course encouraged me to think about what excites and matters to me knowledge mobilisation.

Overall, I really enjoyed the course - it's great to see all of the unique ways academics are choosing to share their research!

- Participant from the ECR training held at Athabasca University, Canada -  2020-21  Early Career Researcher (ECR)  Training grant recipient.