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Early Career Researcher Training Grants

Applications for Early Career Researcher Training Grants are now closed for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Hosted by the ACU Supporting Research Community, 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 equips 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. 

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

One output from the training must also be made available to be shared with other ACU member universities.

About ACU Supporting Research Community

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.

The Supporting Research Community is a forum for staff at ACU member universities who are involved in supporting the research process, including research management and administration, research impact and uptake, and library services. Researchers at all levels are also welcome to join.

The community brings together colleagues from across the Commonwealth and creates a space for sharing knowledge, experience and good practice, discussing issues and solutions, showcasing ideas, and discovering potential avenues for collaboration. Members can also keep up-to-date with the latest trends and opportunities in the profession and promote the work of their team and university.

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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.