Enrolments have closed for ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program 2018.

Enrolments for 2019 intake will open in November 2018.

We believe mentoring gives Early Career Academics an enhanced ability to be successful in realising their vision and leading a better future.

ANU has the goal to ensure every student and staff of ANU will have access to mentoring. This program aims to deliver career-development mentoring and workshops for Early Career Academic staff to enhance their success in teaching, research and outreach.

ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program 2018 – 2019

Building the knowledge Leaders of the future

Supported by all Colleges of ANU and University House!


Featuring strategic academic career development workshops for mentors and mentees from the internationally renowned academic career coach – Shelda Debowski.

Mentors in this program (previously in ANU Science 2015-2017) said:

  • ‘Feels good to help younger people’
  • ‘Rewarding way to invest my service to the university community’
  • ‘Gave me a better understanding of the a role [I can] play in the future of academia’

Who can be a mentor?

ANU is recruiting mentors with diverse experience and qualities for this program. This program aims to accommodate two different types of mentoring:

  • Experience Mentoring from senior academics and industry partners who’s advice comes from a wealth of experience, qualities and achievements which ECA may wish to emulate, and
  • ‘Facilitation’ or ‘Process Mentoring,’ where mentors engage mentees in discussion and personal reflection. These may include peer mentors with only a few more years’ expense than their mentee. Those who can immediately relate to mentee experiences and challenges have been found to provide excellent mentoring in similar programs.

Different types of mentoring will work for different mentees. In this program, mentee/mentor pairs are matched based on individual’s expressed mentoring needs and preferences. Cross-disciplinary mentoring is encouraged. Mentees will make nominations, a committee will match the pairs and mentors invited to approve the match.

Mentors must be prepared to meet regularly with their mentee from June to April 2019 (by electronic means if necessary). Mentors/mentee pairs will coordinate their own arrangements for these meetings. 1 hr monthly meetings are recommended.

Mentors will gain skills in Academic Career Management and the opportunity to develop the knowledge leaders of the future. To support our mentors in their role, all mentors will be invited to attend a half-day workshop on strategic mentorship and will have access to additional support and resources throughout the program.

Note: Collegiality and service (as demonstrated by such mentoring) is a becoming a promotion requirement at ANU.

Become a mentor! 

Mentors can enrol via Eventbrite OR by email, by 1 April please.

Who can be a mentee?

In this program, the mentees are Early Career Academic (staff) of ANU. The mentoring relationship and workshop content will be most relevant to new academic staff in their first few years working as academics, teachers and researchers although those in the final stages of a PhD and up to mid-career Academics may also find this relevant. Mid-Career Academics are encouraged to be mentors. It is possible to participate both as a mentor and mentee.

    • Mentees must be prepared to participate in the full duration of the program. We expect mentees to achieve this goal over such obstacles as: a change of mentor; leaving ANU, and moving overseas.
    • Mentees will be invited to nominate mentors in late April from a list of mentors. We have over 90 mentors enrolled in the program.
    • All are welcome to apply but there may be limited placements depending on the availability of mentors.
    • Discussion currently underway at the academic governance level to set clear guidance on how we will be prioritise /select for placements in this program.
    • Stay tunes for details on the NECTAR list.
    • We will notify all mentee applicants on the success of their application in April.
    • If you have concerns, Contact the NECTAR team.
Become a mentee! 

What is involved?

The Program will run from 11 April 2018 – April 2019.

  • Mentoring pairs will be matched based on your nominations and preferences.
  • Mentor/mentee pairs should meet regularly from June 2018 – April 2019, e.g. monthly.


  • 1 workshop for mentors on Academic Career Management facilitated by Shelda Debowski (3 hrs)
  • Monthly meetings with your mentee (think coffee, beer or fika!) (from June – April, ~7 hrs)
  • No administration!
  • Invitations to supplementary events for program enrichment and reflection (optional).
  • Some free lunches with other mentors (~2-3 hrs).
  • That’s a total of 10-15 hrs per year.


  • 3 full-day workshops for mentees facilitated by Shelda Debowski.
  • Some social lunches.
  • Invitations to a focus group and supplementary events for program improvement and reflection (optional).
  • Placements limited by number of mentors but we will try hard to find mentors for all of you.
  • Total time: 3 days plus ~10 hours spread over the year.

Mentors and mentees will be invited to attend the NECTAR Collaboration Across Boundaries EMCR Conference late in the year.

Program outline:

All events will be hosted and are supported by University House!

  • Program commencement 11-13 April 2018
    • Full-day workshop for Mentees: The Strategic Academic – Shelda Debowski (two sessions, choose which one suits you)
      • 11 April 2018, 10 am – 5 pm
      • 12 April 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
    • Half-day workshop for MentorsThe Strategic Mentor – Shelda Debowski
      • 13 April 2018, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
      • This workshop will update your skills in academic career management.
      • Followed by lunch with Mentees.
    • 13 April 2018 – 12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch with Mentors and Mentees
  • Matching process
    • 5th June (10.30am University House, Common Room) mentor-mentee pairs introduced at morning tea
    • June to March 2019 – Mentors and Mentees arrange regular meetings (e.g. monthly).
  • Mid-program check point 30-31 October 2018
  • End of the 2018 mentoring program 25-26 March 2019

    • Full-day workshops for Mentees: Escalating your strategic career (two sessions, choose which one suits you)
      • 25 March 2019 (time tbc)
      • 26 March 2019 (time tbc)
    • Lunch with Mentors on both days

Proposed commencement of the 2019 ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program: 27-29 March 2019!


The NECTAR Mentoring Program is a collaboration with the Joint Colleges of Science who developed this program over the last three years. Well received in science, this program is now open to all disciplines, through NECTAR.

NECTAR is working closely with all Colleges to develop this program to suit the needs of mentees and towards the ANU strategic goal to lead in mentoring and retention of academic staff.

The goal is that ANU will be delivering mentoring programs for all students and staff of ANU in the near future.

The Matching Process

Mentors will develop a mentor profile to highlight the experiences, strengths, expertise, and learning insights which they could bring to a mentoring relationship. These profiles will be available to mentees for them to nominate suitable mentors. These nominations will enable representatives from all Colleges and NECTAR staff to match the pairs manually.

in Mid-April, Mentees will:

  • review the mentor profiles (mentors can be met in person at the program lunches),
  • send their mentor nominations, along with two reasons (per mentor) why they have chosen each of these mentors,
  • as well as their current CV to the NECTAR Coordinator.

Mentor Recruitment

The success and ongoing commitment to the Mentoring Program is reliant on participation from mentors. If you would like to know more about becoming a mentor, please contact NECTAR coordinator Sophie Baker for more information or register on Eventbrite.

Previous mentor said ‘Mentoring early career researchers in 
another field was interesting and fun. ... I realised that I had 
developed knowledge and skills that I could share 
- that was empowering. 
I also got to practice mentoring.’

Registrations on Eventbrite or email, by 1 April.

Read more: Mentor Information sheet.pdf

More information? Contact NECTAR Team – Sophie Baker and Dr Hannah Birke.

Content credit and resources: CHM COS intranet.
Image credit: Chris Taylor

Supported by the colleges of ANU and University House.

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.