NECTAR ECA WORKSHOP: GRANT WRITING SUPPORT

WRITING EARLY CAREER FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS

An ANU Early Career Academic Workshop supported by
NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Network
Presented by Dr Malini Devadas, MD Writing and Editing

Wednesday 9 November, 9:30am-1:30pm

Workshop background and purpose
Given the competitive nature of fellowship funding, a badly written application can hinder a researcher’s chance of success. While many early career academics have a strong track record, the combination of them not allowing enough time for writing, not knowing how to sell their skills and not being able to identify any problems in their own writing means that their grant applications may not be as strong as they could be.

NECTAR is running a half-day workshop for early career academics, focusing on ARC and NHMRC fellowship applications.

Before the workshop, participants will need to have obtained a copy of the relevant application form for the grant scheme to which they are applying.

During the workshop, participants will make a detailed plan for what they will write about in each part of the application, considering the audience and the purpose. With a plan in place, the writing process will be more streamlined. Participants will begin writing their application during the workshop and will set a timetable for completing their first draft well ahead of the submission deadline.

If there is sufficient demand, it is possible that we can run a workshop early in 2017 that covers how to polish the draft so that the final version is clear, concise and compelling.

Date: Wednesday 9th November
Time: 9.30am–1.30pm
Venue: Seminar Room, ANU Centre for China in the World (CIW)
Presenter: Dr Malini Devadas, MD Writing and Editing
Registration: Please register your participation at Eventbrite

About the Presenter:  Dr Malini Devadas completed a PhD at ANU and then worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Japan for four years. For two of those years she was the recipient of a prestigious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship. Upon returning to Australia, she worked at the Australian Research Council for one year. During that time, Malini saw hundreds of grant applications and how they were reviewed by assessors. She has spent the past 12 years as an editor, specialising in academic editing in recent years, and she has been delivering writing workshops since 2011. This unique combination of experience means that Malini is well placed to help early career academics improve their writing and pitch their proposal in a way that improves their chances of securing funding.

This event is proudly bought to you by NECTAR. For further information, you can contact the NECTAR Coordinator via email: nectar@anu.edu.au