Develop your Career

Career Development for ECRs is a key objective of the ECR network. To this end a number of resources and schemes are in place to assist with this development.

  • The Career Map has been created as a means of demonstrating the varied ways in which the careers of ECRS may develop; it is intended as a guide to show how careers may develop in different ways.
    Career Map PDF
  • Mentoring has been identified as critical for ECRs in developing their careers. The following guide is intended to provide an overview of key aspects of the mentoring relationship.
    Mentoring PDF
  • The Career Development Framework has been created to provide an overview of key considerations for ECRs attempting to obtain fellowship funding. It should be read in conjunction with the funding rules and guidelines for the particular schemes that an ECR may be seeking to apply for.
    Career Development PDF
  • Workshops
    Learning Solutions delivers programs aimed at the career development of ECRs; further information on these is available from Learning Solutions. Learning Solutions ECR Workshops
  • ECR2STAR Initiative
    The ECR2STAR Initiative has been designed as a means for ECRs to share information and resources in an open forum.
  • Tips for Clinician ECRs
    Following on from a recent workshop for Clinician ECRs, a series of helpful tips have been created.
    Tips for Clinician ECRs

Forums and Workshops

All information on the annual NHMRC Grants Forum has been moved to: Grant Writing Tools

ECR Showcase

The Sydney Medical School ECR Showcase was held on 28 April 2017. It was an opportunity for ECRs to present their work and network with other researchers. Further information on the event can be found here.

The REBUS ECF & CDF Programs

The pilot REBUS ECF & CDF Programs (Research Excellence Boost, University of Sydney) are designed to provide structured and competitive NHMRC applications for ECFs and CDF1s.

The REBUS Programs' aims are to give participants:

  • Support in building track record
  • Research capacity building opportunities
  • Grant writing assistance
  • Structured medium term mentoring towards their ECF/CDF1 application. The program will focus on NHMRC ECF/CDF application processes, but participants will also be encouraged to apply for other suitable opportunities.

Full details and eligibility: here
Places are limited and participants will be chosen on a competitive basis.

Registration at:
(You will be asked to upload a 1 page CV and a full list of publications as separate files.)

Stepping Stones for ECRs: Planning the next stages of your health/medical research career

A half-day smorgasbord of information sessions, Q&As… and lunch

Date: Thursday 18 May 2017
Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm
Location: TAG Family Foundation Grandstand (near Charles Perkins Centre)

Registrations have now closed.

This half-day program is open to all postdoctoral Early Career Researchers engaged in research relating to health or medicine. A range of speakers and panels from the Research Portfolio, Sydney Medical School and the University Library will address topics such as:

Sessions start 9.00am
Morning tea 10.55-11.15am
Sessions end 1.00pm
Lunch 1.00-2.00pm (networking opportunity)

  • Career planning
  • Postdoc fellowships and where to find them
  • Building a competitive track record
  • Raising your research profile
  • Publishing strategically
  • Building collaborations
  • Partnering with industry
  • Project funding and how to get it

…and more

Please find full program here

Please direct any questions to Jack Ault in the Office of Research Development and Collaboration at

NHMRC ECR Mentoring

In 2010, with the help of a number of experienced researchers, we devised a new program to help you to develop your NHMRC project grant proposal. This year we are offering a modified version of the program to assist with the grant application process.

How it will work
Please fill out the EOI at

You will need to have prepared your list of publications, information on co-investigators, and be able to answer the following questions.

  • What is the problem?
  • Why is this important?
  • How do you aim to address this problem?
  • Outline of experimental design
  • Why is this study feasible? Include any preliminary data
  • Why are you the best person to address this problem?

We will send your EOI to various expert reviewers who will send you feedback on your proposal including feasibility, experimental design, significance, innovation and track record. They may ask you for further information. You may have opportunity to discuss further directly with reviewers.

Please see attached program details Program Details

Applications for 2016 have closed.

For more information please contact Madelon Klein at

ECR Mentoring Program

Sydney Medical School will be running the Early Career Researcher Mentoring Program again from October 2017. This program has been extremely popular in previous years and provides an excellent opportunity to get support in career planning, networking and the development of research capacities.

The October/November program is designed for Public Health and Clinical Researchers who are 1 – 10 years postdoctoral. It consists of 5 half-day sessions and a subsequent 6 month structured mentoring program. Please see the outline of the program here, including times and dates for the workshops.

The Early Career Development Program and the subsequent 6 month mentoring are available for people who are up to 10 years postdoc. It is a popular program which has achieved success for those involved. Based on our experience and feedback from previous participants, those who are fewer than 6 years postdoc (relative to opportunity) gain the most. However more senior early career researchers are welcome to apply. The current program will mix public health and clinical researchers for the benefit of both groups. Associate Professor Camille Raynes-Greenow will be the coordinator for this round. The Director of the program is Professor Carol Armour.

Applications have now closed.

Note: In order to be accepted on the course, you will need to be able to commit to attending the first session on Tuesday 17 October, as well as all 4 of the following sessions in person, and be able to stay for the whole duration of each session including until 5.30pm on 21 November. Please see dates below. Please note on Tues 31 October 2017 there will be no session held.

Please see schedule below and find building location here.

Date             Time        Topic Venue
17 Oct 2017 1-5pm Career Planning Edward Ford Building, Tutorial Room 316 (Public Health), Fisher Rd, Camperdown Campus
24 Oct 2017 1-5pm Writing and communicating about your research in plain English Bligh Building, Staff Development Centre, Seminar Room 1, 90 Carillon Ave, Newton (near Sydney University Village)
7 Nov 2017 1-5pm How to get your message across in grants CPC (Charles Perkins Centre) also called The Hub, Seminar Room 1.3 (on ground floor facing windows), Camperdown Campus
14 Nov 2017 1-5pm  Conflict to win-win: assertiveness and success Edward Ford Building, Tutorial Room 316 (Public Health), Fisher Rd, Camperdown Campus
21 Nov 2017 1-5pm Time Management and priorities Edward Ford Building, Tutorial Room 316 (Public Health), Fisher Rd, Camperdown Campus
21 Nov 2017 5-5.30pm Introduction to Mentoring Edward Ford Building, Tutorial Room 316 (Public Health), Fisher Rd, Camperdown Campus

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Madelon Klein in the Office of Research and Research Training at