The NECTAR Early Career Academic development mentoring program

ANU plans to ‘lead the Nation in mentoring’ (ANU strategic plan 2017-2021). This includes establishing a strong culture of mentoring for early career academic staff. Now ANU, through NECTAR, is opening up has not just a mentoring program, but a strategic academic career development mentoring program with cross-disciplinary networking opportunities, included.

Early Career Academics (ECA) are working under huge psychological and career pressure in a bottle neck of a career pathway. Successful academics when asked how they got through, almost always refer to quality mentoring.  Moreover, mentoring was the only significant factor decreasing stress and increasing job satisfaction in the NECTAR ECA survey of 2015, where only half respondees had any form of mentoring.

The NECTAR Mentoring Program will start in March 2018 and build on the strength of the highly regarded Mentoring Program of the science Colleges, developed over the last three years. This will be a collaboration between NECTAR and the Joint Colleges of Science and is funded and supported by the ANU Colleges.

Registrations open soon, stay tuned.

More information will be posted shortly.


Policy internships at the Academy of Science

Applications are invited from EMCRs and final year PhD/Masters students to undertake a 3-month policy-focused internship with the Academy of Science in early-2017. Interns will gain experience in a range of science policy and advocacy activities and will have the opportunity to undertake a policy-focused project of mutual interest. The internships are based in Canberra, and a stipend is available for successful applicants. Applications close COB Friday 20 Jan, 2017. More here.



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:


You are all invited to attend the Women in Research Citation Awards and Associated Seminar – a world first! Wednesday 26th October 2016

Highly cited Australian female researchers will be recognised for their outstanding contribution to research. Please join in the celebration for these highly esteemed women of researcher, and hear their views and perspectives of Australian research.

Hosted by Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor of the ANU, himself a recipient in 2008, speakers will include, Dr Susan Pond, a member of Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program and her national and international contributions in medicine, biotechnology and renewable energy and Dr Wafa El-Adhami who leads the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiative for Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

While high impact researchers have been recognised in award ceremonies since 2001, these are the first awards to focus on Australian women researchers.

You can come to the awards by registering at  Women in Research Citation Awards.

Following on from the awards presentation, a special event for Early career women academics and women students will be held in the China in the World Seminar room from 1.30 to 3pm. Several award winners will discuss how they reached the positions they now occupy. Take this opportunity to ask them questions and discuss their pathways to successful research in Australia. Register separately for this event at


An ECA focused seminar, with NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Network, ANU Research Training and ANU Research Services Director, Dr Douglas Robertson

Wednesday 26 October 9:30am -10:30am– registrations now open, see further details below. Register by 20 October.

NECTAR & ANU Research Training team invite Early Career Academics, including final year PhD candidates, to this research fellowships focused seminar.

Fellowships are an important part of the research funding landscape. They are highly competitive but enhance your CV significantly.
How does a Fellowship differ from a project grant? Are there any major things to look out for?

Come along to this session which will look at a range of different fellowships and discuss how to fine tune your fellowship writing skills.

By the end of this session you will:

1) have been exposed to a number of different Fellowship schemes
2) appreciate the difference between a Fellowship and a Project grant
3) Understand how to approach a Fellowship application process.

Presented by Dr Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services, ANU. A panel of invited ANU academics will also speak about their Fellowships.

All current PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers are invited to attend.

The Understanding Research Fellowships seminar forms part of the larger PhD to Present one-day program offered by Research Training.

Date & Time: Wed 26 October, 9.30am-10.30am, followed by morning tea
Location: University House, ANU

Register now at Eventbrite

This event is proudly bought to you by NECTAR  and the ANU Research Skills and Training team. For further information, you can contact or the NECTAR Coordinator via email:

Call For Applications: ANU – University of Yangon collaborations

The ANU Myanmar Research Centre is delighted to announce the Reciprocal Academic Visitor Program in partnership with the University of Yangon. The aim of this program is to develop research linkages between scholars at the two institutions.

Over the next 12 months, this program will support 10 academics from ANU to visit the University of Yangon and 10 academics from Yangon to visit ANU. This program is a component of the DFAT supported Government Partnerships for Development (GPfD) project between ANU and the University of Yangon.

Since 2014, the Myanmar government has been working on reforming the country’s tertiary education sector. As these reforms continue to unfold, it is particularly exciting to have this opportunity to collaborate with scholars in the country’s leading tertiary institution, the University of Yangon.

The ANU Myanmar Research Centre is providing academic and administrative support to the Reciprocal Academic Visitor Program, and calling for expressions of interest from ANU academics. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The University of Yangon has expressed particular interest in developing collaboration with ANU in the Sciences, building on some of the links already established in the social sciences and humanities.

If you would like to apply please fill out the Application Form, addressing the following criteria:

  1. Does the proposal demonstrate an intention to develop an ongoing collaboration with the University of Yangon?
  2. How will the project contribute to improved governance in Myanmar through improved research capacity at the University of Yangon?
  3. Are the outputs from the visit realistic?
  4. Does the University of Yangon have the capacity to host the visitor and collaborate in the research? (The ANU Myanmar Research Centre can assist applicants with criteria #4)

Successful applicants will be supported for a 10-day visit to the University of Yangon, and provided with a return airfare, accommodation and a generous per diem.

A selection committee has been formed to oversee and endorse selections. The committee comprises Professor Andrew Walker (Chair), College of Asia and the Pacific; Professor Don Rothwell, College of Law; Dr Charlotte Galloway, College of Arts and Social Sciences; a representative from the Colleges of Science; and Mr Anthony Pages, ANU Enterprise.

For travel in 2016, expressions of interest are due on 20 June 2016. For travel in 2017, expressions of interest are due on 29 September 2016. Please submit your completed application to

If you have any queries about this exciting opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Olivia Cable (, or Andrew Walker (

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.

ANU Library seminar: Author symposium on book & journal publishing presented by Springer Nature

Author symposium on book & journal publishing presented by Springer Nature – ANU Library – ANU

Date: Tues 13 Sept 2016
Time: 10.30am-12pm
Venue: Mcdonald Room, RG Menzies Building, ANU

Looking to get published?

In co-operation with the ANU Library, Springer Nature is hosting an Author Symposium on book and journal publishing. The Symposium is aimed at early career researchers.

Springer’s Senior Editor for hard sciences, cell biology and biochemistry, Dr Thijs van Vlijmen, will present on the following topics:

>      An introduction to Springer Nature
>      Australia in a global scientific context
>      Journal publishing with Springer
>      Academic book publishing with Springer – how it works
>      An ANU author’s perspective on publishing with Springer

There will be opportunities for discussion with Thijs van Vlijmen after the Symposium.

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot ahead of time.

Further info

2017 Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS) in Singapore

ANU again has the opportunity to recommend some young scientists to take part in the prestigious Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS) in Singapore. The GYSS is open to post-doc academics  and PhD scholars (under 35), with ANU able make five nominations. ANU has been highly successful in the past, with all five of ANU nominations selected last year. The theme for GYSS 2017 is “Advancing Science, Creating Technologies for a Better World”.

The GYSS is aimed mainly at scientists but some cross-disciplinary applications have been successful in the past.

Those wishing to apply will need to forward the following documents to by COB Friday 16th September  to be considered for selection as an ANU nominee:

  • one page addressing the selection criteria (see GYSS2017-Participant-Selection-Criteria.pdf). Applicants should focus on their research and how it relates to the GYSS theme in their statement.
  • a short CV (no fixed format but should highlight research interests, education background, awards and key publications), and
  • a letter of support from a supervisor or Head of Research School (this should include confirmation that funding is available for flight costs).

ANU is expected to sponsor participants’ passage – all the other expenses will be provided by Singapore (see GYSS2017-Participant-Selection-Criteria.pdf). ANU PVC (Research & Research Training) will contribute $500 toward the flight costs of each participant. This will be paid via College Finance teams as a reimbursement.

Please contact Peter Francis if you have any questions.