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CDU Early and Mid-Career Researcher Program


CDU provides support for researchers in their early careers and organises a range of programs and initiatives to facilitate staff development and performance.  These activities include workshops, networking events, online modules, mentoring schemes, and reward systems that are tailored specifically to the needs of early career researchers (ECRs) to assist individuals to:

  • collaborate with each other and with other researchers more effectively
  • network more productively with end users
  • extend their skills in research leadership, communication, and project management
  • develop specialised capabilities in advanced research methods
  • optimise funding applications, publications, and other outputs, and
  • reach suitable decisions around their priorities and careers.

Specifically, this includes initiatives that,

  • increase the impact and benefits of CDU research to the community

  • improve the quality of research outputs
  • attract more research funding
  • facilitate the completion and satisfaction of HDR candidates, and
  • enhance the capacity of CDU researchers to support one another collegially.

An ECR at CDU is a staff member who is classified as research active or research focussed and who has completed their PhD within the past eight years. At CDU we also recognise that there may be other staff members, including teaching-focussed staff, VET academic staff, and technical staff, who are active in research and are eligible to benefit from accessing some of these researcher development activities.

Alignment with CDU Research Culture

By supporting our ECRs we can help achieve the CDU research culture framework and research strategy of CDU. As part of an annual program, activities are delivered which align with the Why, How and What CDU research culture and strategy framework (see below).

  • Why we do research 
  • How do we do research
  • What can we do to build the research environment of CDU
Research Career Building Capabilities – Working at CDU

Other ECR support initiatives may also be offered from time to time through CDU Colleges, Research Institutes and Centres.

A calendar of ECR  Research Enhancement initiates can be found on the calendar of ORI events.

Find resources for CDU Early Career Researchers development here. You will need to log in with your CDU staff details.

Useful resources

Find all resources that can help you advance your early career researcher experience and skills.

CQU ECR Support

CQU Library has developed various great resources for early career researchers, from planning your research proposal, networking, to grant applications. Visit their website

ARC's Research Grants Services

Research Grants Services exists because it is important to:

  • fund research that will support the desired outcomes
  • fund the highest quality research in line with the program objectives
  • ensure the best researchers and teams are supported
  • be able to find out what government funded research has been undertaken in Australia
  • enable appropriate due diligence, research integrity, conflict of interest and confidentiality management
  • maintain and improve research specific grants data
  • avoid unnecessary administration by grant applicants and grantees and those who assess grants.

Visit their website


ECRcentral is a central platform for early career researchers to find research fellowships and travel grants, and to share experiences, resources and feedback.

ECRcentral is a community-driven initiative which was started by eLife Ambassadors 2018. The eLife Ambassador program supports the development of new initiatives ranging from preprints, reproducibility, and funding, by facilitating local discussions and connecting communities with international developments.

Join and contribute in the conversations and opportunities. You can read more about how you can get involved. Visit their website

AusSTS Graduate Network

AusSTS is a network of researchers in science and technology studies (STS) in Australasia. We host social, professional, and academic events to create a community in STS across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. AusSTS has local nodes in Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, and Wellington.

The AusSTS Graduate Network (or “AusSTS”) is a community for STS scholars situated across Australasia. The network hosts regular events and activities designed to bring together the Australasian STS community, support postgraduate and early career scholars, and reflect on the nuances of situated knowledge-making.

Despite the strong history of critical engagement with science and technology in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, and the growing recognition of the value and excellence of STS scholarship in the region, it is rare to find dedicated or exclusively defined STS departments or institutes in the universities of either country.

As such, AusSTS was founded to serve as an intellectual and collegial home for STS researchers in Australasia. The expertise of our members span the humanities, social sciences, and sciences including Indigenous studies, anthropology, sociology, media studies, queer and gender studies, history and philosophy of science, public health, law, artistic and creative practice, activism, and more.

Visit their website


TopEndSTS are a group of scholars and practictioners who regularly come together to share stories, insights and collaborations.

About TopEndSTS:

We are all, in one way or other, associated with the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS); an orientation to inquiry that works to unpick some of the assumptions embedded in modern knowledge traditions, and provides resources for new forms of situated interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research work.

Our research spans many contemporary issues and concerns within collective northern Australian life, and engages disparate climatic environments, complex interplays of connection and ‘remoteness’, and the co-presence of many differing Western and Indigenous modes of people-place making.

This work comes to life under the guidance of sovereign First Nations knowledge authorites working on unceded Aboriginal lands. In all our activities we recognise a debt to the rich legacies collaboration between northern Australian researchers and Aboriginal elders and knowledge authorities  who have come before us.

Visit their website and join the reading group

Join the CDU ECR mailing list to receive updates and information about relevant activities and events. You can subscribe by emailing Research & Innovation by filling out this form

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the CDU ECR program you can contact the Office of Research and Innovation