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CDU Early 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 ORI Research Enhancement Page calendar of CDU events.

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

Contact us

If you have any specific questions regarding the CDU ECR program you can contact A/Prof Natasha Stacey, CDU ECR Coordinator, Research and Research Training.