Researcher Development

Western Sydney University provides a suite of initiatives to better support researchers with their research, career development and leadership. This strategy includes a series of development packages, training and funding.

Researcher Development Training

A series of researcher development workshops and events are offered throughout the year to support early-to mid-career researchers in engaging with different funding opportunities, impact and research direction management.

See the Researcher Development Events Calendar for more information.

Researcher Development Funding

2020 applications open on 23 April 2019

The Researcher Development Awards scheme offers 12 months support, via a suite of awards focusing on three key areas: early career development, gender equity and career interruption. The ODVC R&I has provided in excess of $5 million to more than 240 researchers over the past 5 years. Particular consideration is given staff who have not previously received external research funding.

See below for Past Awardees (note: these awards are not listed on the Researcher Portal).

For further information or application support, please email or contact Judy Foster on 9678 7419.

Career Interruption

Career Interruption funding supports researchers who are on family or carer's leave for more than three months and provides access to funds to continue their research for a 12 month period. This funding may be used for research assistance or other specialist personnel required to progress a research project, outcome or output. Funding up to $10,000 is available.

For further information please refer to the Scheme Guidelines (DOCX, 438.63 KB) (opens in a new window)

To apply, please complete the Career Interruption EOI form (DOCX, 426.58 KB) (opens in a new window)

Applications close: Apply now (subject to change)

ECR Fellowships

These awards aim to support Early Career Researchers juggle teaching and administrative duties while establishing a research profile. The support can be used for teaching, marking or administration buy-out or RA assistance. Awards of up to $20,000 per applicant are available. This award may or may not be linked to a project – but it should demonstrate the building of research capacity and research reach.

For further information please refer to the Scheme Guidelines (DOCX, 438.63 KB) (opens in a new window)

To apply, please complete the ECR Fellowship EOI form (DOCX, 424.81 KB) (opens in a new window)

Applications close:  12 August 2019

Women's Research Fellowships

Women's Research Fellowship funding supports women researchers employed at the University at Levels B or C. This funding can be used to support your research in a variety of ways including teaching or administration buy-outs, travel and project costs. It is designed to be flexible and negotiated locally with awards of up to $40,000 per successful applicant.

For further information please refer to the Scheme Guidelines (DOCX, 438.63 KB) (opens in a new window)

To apply, please complete Women's Research Fellowship EOI form (DOCX, 424.81 KB) (opens in a new window)

Applications close: 12 August 2019

ACA or DAP Research Support

Academic Course Advisor (ACA) or Director Academic Program (DAP) Research Support funding provides academics employed in these roles the opportunity to reinvigorate their research profile. These awards are open to staff members with a substantive Level B or Level C role. This funding can be used to employ a research assistant with awards of up to $10,000 per successful applicant.

For further information please refer to the Scheme Guidelines (DOCX, 438.63 KB) (opens in a new window)

To apply, please complete the ACA/DAP Research Support Form (DOCX, 425.93 KB) (opens in a new window)

Applications close: 12 August 2019

Past Awardees

The following links provide details of past awardees and their relevant research projects. Please feel free to contact the individual researcher for more information about their projects or for possible research collaboration opportunities.


Epigeum offers professional development courses for researchers. These courses equip independent academic early-career and mid-career researchers with the skills needed for professional development in a higher education context. The courses provide comprehensive guidance on professional development from identifying individual development needs through to how best to communicate research results. These courses are now available via MyCareer Online through Staff Online (opens in a new window) (select Researcher Development from the left hand side of the page).

MyCareer Online also hosts video recordings of past Research Seminar Series events.

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) (opens in a new window) supports Australian educational institutions through grants to bring US specialists in selected disciplines to Australia for a period ranging from between two and six weeks. The aim of the FSP grant is to assist Australian educational institutions to exchange expertise and build collaborative linkages with US faculty and professionals on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. For example, the specialist may:

  • Develop and/or assess academic curricula or educational materials;
  • Take part in specialised academic programs and conferences;
  • Conduct needs assessments, surveys, and institutional or programmatic research;
  • Consult with administrators and instructors of post-secondary institutions on faculty development;
  • Present lectures at graduate and undergraduate levels;
  • Participate in or lead seminars or workshops.

In accordance with the Fulbright Program's aim of promoting mutual understanding between Australia and the US the specialist may also have the opportunity to participate in activities organised by the US Embassy in Australia, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association.

Fulbright award recipients since 2003
NameYearField Home institution Host institution
Prof James Arvanitakis 2019 Humanities Western Sydney University of Wyoming
Dr Anthony Maeder 2015 Computer Science Western Sydney Kansas State University
Tracey Steinrucken 2015 Biology Western Sydney University of California, Berkeley
Prof Debra Moser 2003 Nursing University of Kentucky Western Sydney