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Early Career Researcher Program

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Program at Deakin is aimed at academic staff in the early stages of their research careers. The Program supports the development of individual research programs and encourages research careers in the disciplines supported by the University.

The Early Career Researcher Program will:

This Program delivers annual skills training workshops across all campuses working with Faculties, Schools, Institutes and Research Centres. The Program helps to identify training and support needs by working with small groups and individuals within these areas to identify and develop the skills required to successfully manage research funding opportunities, including applying for financial support and conducting funded research.

What we do

  • Develop early career researchers’ skills and understanding in areas that are fundamental to a successful research career.
  • Promote and support strategic career development.
  • Provide training in key areas such as identifying appropriate funding opportunities and writing grant applications.
  • Assist with nominations for Prizes and Awards.
  • Work cooperatively with other sections of the University to support research.

Workshops and Training:

  • Early Career Researcher Workshop
    An annual residential workshop for selected early career researchers (ECRs), focused on grant writing and career development. Participants are required to prepare draft grant applications and provide feedback to each other in cross-disciplinary groups, facilitated by an experienced grant writer. This workshop has been run for the past 10 years with remarkable success. An early participant, Paul Francis, built on his first proposal developed at the ECR workshop to win a number of further grants and high quality publications culminating in the award of an ARC Future Fellowship in 2011. Five of the nine successful ARC Discovery grants awarded to Deakin in 2006 were led by Chief Investigators who had participated in the ECR program. Recent successes include the award of an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship to Nishar Hameed, the Smart Geelong Network Researcher of the Year award to Luke Henderson in 2010 and a 2011 Victoria Fellowship for Mandy De Souza.

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  • Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Information Sessions
    A half day event held annually at each campus during which Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellows tell their stories and provide an insight into their research projects and career development. One event focuses on researchers from Science/Engineering/Technology/Health while the other focusses on Arts/Humanities/Business/Law/Social Sciences.

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  • Grant writing
    These sessions are aimed at ECRs and those with little or no grant writing experience. Topics discussed include:
    • deciding on the research question and choosing a funding scheme
    • what information is required for typical sections in a grant application (focus on CRGS/ARC)
    • what are the steps in having an application reviewed and submitted.

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  • Track Record Development
    These sessions examine how to best present your track record, what makes a good track record, how to benchmark, how to know that it’s on the right track. These sessions are targeted at ECRs and those unfamiliar with CRGS applications. The strategies discussed can be applied to a range of funding schemes.

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27th March 2013