Welcome to NECTAR, an independent space for Early Career Academics at The Australian National University

NECTAR is an independent space created by, and for, Early Career Academics at ANU.  It is a direct channel of communication between early career academics and the University Executive, effecting changes that ensure ANU continues to be an attractive workplace for early career academics.

Attending NECTAR events and joining in project development are great ways to meet early career academics from right across ANU. Build support networks, develop your ideas, build confidence, and acquire some of the skills and knowledge to become a future leader.

ANU staff are invited to learn more about NECTAR, what we do and how you can get involved.



Latest News

University House (incorporating Graduate House) is seeking a cohort of Early Career Academic Fellows, broadly representative of ANU’s academic areas and its diversity in other respects, to contribute to the academic life of University and Graduate Houses in the terms outlined below. The Fellowships will commence in February 2015.

Early Career Academic Fellows will be invited to contribute to the Houses for a period of up to 3 years, subject to annual review against the selection criteria. The Fellowships are non- stipendiary, but attached privileges include dining rights at the Houses’ weekly Hall Dinners, membership of University House for the duration of the Fellowship, and a contribution of up to $1200 annually for approved expenses relating to the Fellow’s academic work.

Download Application details (pdf)

Applications close 19 December 2014

Enquiries should be directed to Professor Peter Kanowski, Master of University House.
p: (02 612) 55334
e: peter.kanowski@anu.edu.au

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Prof Margaret Harding has today confirmed that $250,000 of Strategic Research Funds has been allocated to support early career researchers to attend conferences in 2015. Criteria and application details are available here.​


Together, we’ve had a busy and very successful year for early career academics at ANU, so to celebrate we’re hosting an end of year party!

When: Thursday 4 December
Where: Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music
Time: 4-6pm

Members of the University Executive will be there, so don’t miss this opportunity to chat with senior members of the University Executive.

The festivities will include music, drinks and canapés. So that we can be sure there is plenty for everyone, please RSVP by Thursday 27 November. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Regular NECTAR Events

This business meeting is open to all Early Career Academics. It is the time to ensure that the projects of NECTAR are continuing to move forward.

Every Tuesday; 12-1:30pm; Fellows Bar, University House.

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Early Career Academics holding a DECRA, NHMRC-ECF, Future Fellowship or similar are invited to join a networking group.

Next Coffee: Thursday 11 September August, 2:30-3:30pm, Fellows Bar, University House (read more…)

Please join NECTAR and your early career academic colleagues to catch up on all the latest. The first drink is on us!

Join us from 4:30-6pm, Fellows Bar, University House