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:

CALL FOR ANU ECA FEEDBACK – Users of Research Professional Funding Database

Research Professional is a database of funding opportunities in all disciplines from a wide range of sponsors in Australia and overseas.

ANU will take up a 3-month trial on two new features in Research Professional namely the global news and the new development Funding Insight ANZ service. Funding Insight potentially provides a very useful addition to the funding information, to provide additional background, insight and user viewpoints regarding available funding opportunities.

Given Early Career Academics are key users of the Research Professional tool in seeking funding opportunities, ANU Research Services is looking for ANU ECAs who are able to assess the effectiveness of the Funding Insight feature in helping users to get research funding. Please contact Irwan Krisna at ANU Research Services if you are interested in joining the trial and providing your feedback:

Opportunity for Early Career Academic or PhD student to join Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program

Opportunity for Early Career Academic or PhD student to join Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program, 16-25 November (applications close 21 September)

The Australia Indonesia Centre, of which ANU is a member, is offering sponsorship for an ANU early career academic or PhD student to join the second 2016 Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program (16-25 November) – the theme is “Public Diplomacy, Infrastructure and Innovation”.

Application Information: Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program Nov16 application information ANU

Program Overview:  Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program – November 2016 Program Overview

Deadline: Applications close 5pm 21 September.
Applicants should be working on a topic relevant to the program themes.

Inquiries and applications should be directed to:
Peter Kanowski, ANU AIC Coordinator –; ph 6125 5334.

Applications are now open for Round 1 of the 2017 ANU Education Grants scheme

Applications are now open for Round 1 of the 2017 ANU Education Grants scheme.

A Q&A workshop will be held on Thursday 18 August from 1.00-2.00pm in the CHELT Meeting Room. Please register by emailing

The ANU Education Grants scheme incorporates the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Enhancement Grants (ANUTEG) which support innovative and creative teaching initiatives and projects, and are linked to improving coursework student learning at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and the ANU Linkage for Learning and Teaching Grants (ANULLTG) which support strategic connections between ANU and organisations outside of the higher education sector.

In 2017 Round 1, up to half of the available funding for ANUTEGs will be allocated towards a Strategic Priority Area (SPA) of ‘Very Large Course Development’. It is expected that applications for SPA funding will primarily be made by the Super Convenors across the University. Other staff who wish to develop applications for SPA funding for ‘Very Large Course Development’ should contact the Super Convenor in their area and collaborate with them to develop an application. The Promoting Excellence team can assist with the names of the Super Convenors.

Recognising that large course development may be particularly challenging, we would welcome applications from groups of LCC for amounts up to $40K for ambitious projects. Applications with a focus on technology-enhanced learning are encouraged and applicants for such must consult with the ANU Online Education Design team.

The closing date for grant submissions is 10am, Monday 17 October.

If you have any questions about the grants programs please contact the Promoting Excellence team. If you can’t attend the Q&A workshop on 18 August, please contact us to arrange a time to discuss your application.

ANU Promoting Excellence Team | Centre for Higher Education, Learning & Teaching
OLT Institutional Contact Officer | NSW/ACT Promoting Excellence Network10T1 Fellows Road | The Australian National University | Acton ACT 2601 | T:  +61 2 6125 9486 |

Attention Early Career Researchers – Westpac Research Fellowship 2017 Applications are OPEN

The Westpac Research Fellowship 2017 scheme is open!

The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is partnering with Australia’s leading research universities to offer up to six Westpac Research Fellowships in 2016 each valued at up to $460,000 over 3 years commencing no later than 30 June 2017. These Fellowships offer early career researchers a unique opportunity to support their ground breaking research, provide access to networks, open career pathways and global experiences.

Fellowship recipients will be exceptional people, chosen for their intellectual ability, leadership qualities, and commitment to the community. Successful Fellows will be undertaking research that has the ability to make a difference to Australia’s future in one of the Foundation’s priority areas:

  • Technology and innovation;
  • Strengthening Australia-Asia ties; or
  • Enabling positive social change.

The ANU recipient of the Fellowship in 2016 is Nanoscientist  Dr Antonio Tricoli from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science.

For further details on Fellowship funding and breakdown, please read the Westpac Fellowship Funding Guidelines

ANU Submission Process
Submission Deadline: 31 August
ANU Key Dates are available here (UID and HORUS password required for access)
Applicants should contact their College Research Office for advice and support with research fellowship application proposals and budgets in the first instance.

 ANU Contacts
Research Services
– Maria Davern, Primary contact until 16th August 2016; (Nina Svedin, Secondary)
T: (02) 6125 6736 |E: |W:
– Nina Svedin, Primary from 16th August – 26th September 2016 (Peter Francis, EO to PVC (R&RT) Secondary contact).
College Contacts:  Your College Research Office will provide ‘at the elbow’ support to Early Career Researchers Applicants.

ANU Research Services Division has moved to
Level 2, Birch Building 36 (above Chemistry Lecture Theatre).

Advanced Leadership Program – Scholarship Applications Open

$3,000 scholarships are now available to women in the higher education sector to assist them to participate in the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP).

Created to provide tailored development and support to Australia’s growing pool of senior female leaders, the ALP is enabling the advancement of high potential women across all areas of the education sector.

Developed in consultation with an unparalleled group of educational stakeholders the ALP directly responds to a national need to increase the representation of women in formal leadership positions across all industries.

During a career-defining six month journey, participants accelerate their career potential, become part of an exceptional peer network and consider the broader implications of gender equality throughout the Australian education sector.

To view the course Prospectus Click Here

To request a scholarship application, please reply to this email and provide the following information:


Kind regards,

Nick Williams

Nick Williams
National Excellence in Educational Leadership
P 1300 138 037 F 1300 451 031
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Westpac Research Fellowships for early career researchers – Info session 6 July

The Westpac Research Fellowships for early career researchers are now open for application. These are prestigious scholarships aimed at outstanding early career researchers. The fellowships pay up to $460,000 over three years (for salary and professional development costs) and require college support. They are aimed at influential researchers in the fields of:

Technology and innovation;
Strengthening the ties between Australia-Asia; and
Enabling positive social change.

An information session on the Research Fellowships will be held on Wednesday 6th July (from 12 noon to 1am in the Innovations Lecture Theatre, Innovations Building (# 124), Eggleston Road). Please note the change in venue. Further information on conditions and college support requirements is available from Maria Davern (Research Services Division).

Please promote this opportunity actively amongst your ECR networks.

Key dates are:

  • 18th August – Applicants complete application (online) for College Research Office (RO)  to review
  • 25th August – RO submit completed application to Research Services Division (RSD)
  • 25th 26th August – Letter of support finalised (PVC RRT and RSD)
  • 31st August – Applicants submit application to Westpac
  • September – October – Shortlisting (Westpac, ANU)
  • October – December – Final selection (Westpac)
  • 19th December – Notification of Fellowship recipients.

(more details can be found here – UID and HORUS password required for access)