Early Career Researchers

Early career researchers

The Adelaide Graduate Centre is pleased to provide Early Career Researchers (ECRs) with a series of training and professional development opportunities.

The series is aimed at supporting academic research staff in the early stages of their career (generally up to five years post-PhD) and has been informed by feedback previously gathered from ECRs through a needs-assessment survey and consultation workshop.

The 2019 series consists of events specifically tailored to ECRs, as well as the opportunity to attend select events alongside HDR students in conjunction with the University’s Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) program.

University of Adelaide researchers who identify as ECRs are invited to attend the following events throughout 2019.


2019 ECR professional development series

Bookings will open 4 weeks prior to each event.

2019 Events
21 June 2019

Research Grants and Fellowships – Grant Writing Basics*

This session provides an overview on writing research grants and fellowships. The lecture will cover topics including the grant lifecycle, staying informed about funding opportunities, grantsmanship, building a track record, and planning and writing winning proposals. Presented by Research Services.

24 July 2019

Career Planning Strategies for ECRs

ECRs… Need help building a successful career strategy? Not sure what to do next? This session aims to increase awareness of your options and equip you with a better understanding of what is required to succeed in a competitive job market.

5 August 2019

Research Grants and Fellowships in the Health and Medical Sciences*

This session provides an overview of writing research grants and fellowships and strategies for funding success in Health and Medical Sciences. The lecture will cover topics including the major granting bodies in health and medical sciences, an NHRMC case study, writing your research proposal and the grant assessment process. Presented by Research Services.

21 August 2019

Research Grants and Fellowship Opportunities (ARC)*

This session explores project funding (grants) and people funding (fellowships) available from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The lecture will cover topics including what you can apply for and when, ARC funding rules, the ARC assessment process, and what happens if you're successful. Presented by Research Services.

9 September 2019

Fundamentals of Postgraduate Supervision

This session is aimed at ECRs who are about to become supervisors for the first time or have recently taken on supervision of a postgraduate student. The workshop will cover supervision fundamentals that can make the supervision experience less daunting for you and more supportive for the student. Presented by Hugh Kearns (Thinkwell).

18 September 2019

Establishing Industry Research Projects*

Many research projects include some interaction with industry, and your career may well involve forming university industry linkages. Join us for this session where you can put your interest in engaging with industry into action, and find out the steps involved when setting up an industry linked project. Presented by Research and Business Partnerships.

29 October 2019

How to Successfully Manage a Career Break* (booking page coming soon)

Career breaks are inherent in all our lives and managing them is a crucial skill for a successful career. Taking extended leave from work can be for child rearing, caring for family members, moving continents or countries, switching jobs or careers, or simply taking a gap year to travel or pursue a passion. Join us for this session where we explore how to exploit these breaks to the best of your advantage.

11 November 2019

Becoming a Successful Early Career Researcher (booking page coming soon)

This event will feature a panel of successful mid-career researchers sharing their experiences and providing advice for a successful research career.

* Joint CaRST event with HDR students