Researcher Development

The 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 suite 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.


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.

Researcher Development Funding

The Researcher Development Awards scheme offers a suite of awards focusing on three key areas: early career development, gender equity and career interruption. In excess of $3.5 million has been awarded to more than 170 researchers over the past 3 years. Applications for the 2019 round open on 1 June 2018. Particular consideration is given staff who have not previously received external research funding. As these are development awards they are not listed on the Researcher Portal, however they are noted below in the Past Awardees section.

For further information, email or call 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. 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, 439.98 KB) (opens in a new window)

To apply, complete the Career Interruption EOI form (DOCX, 425.1 KB) (opens in a new window)

Applications close: 1 August 2018

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, 439.98 KB) (opens in a new window)

To apply, complete the ECR Fellowship EOI form (DOCX, 428.84 KB) (opens in a new window)

Applications open 1 June 2018 and close 1 August 2018.

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, 439.98 KB) (opens in a new window)

To apply, complete the Women's Research Fellowship EOI form (DOCX, 428.84 KB) (opens in a new window)

Applications open 1 June 2018 and close 1 August 2018.

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, 439.98 KB) (opens in a new window)

To apply, complete the ACA or DAP Research Support Scheme EOI form (DOCX, 428.09 KB) (opens in a new window)

Applications open 1 June 2018 and close 1 August 2018.

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.


What is Vitae?

Vitae - realising the potential of researchersVitae is a networking tool designed to assist researchers and HDR candidates develop networks and support professional development. Vitae provides online tools for researcher development, tips on supervising researchers, training course options, and keeps you up-to-date with researcher news. It is an online researcher community with face-to-face options.

To use this tool you need to create your own login and register on the Vitae website (opens in a new window) (please note that you must use your Western Sydney staff email address to be eligible to join).

For more information, please contact Judy Foster at

RDF Planner

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Planner is a tool essentially for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) who would like assistance in developing their research pathway. It can be used hand-in-hand with the MyCareer Online portal and provides online tutorials to assist with the development of your own tailored research pathway. It should be accessed regularly and can be shared with your supervisor to assist with your career development.

To gain access to the RDF Planner, contact Judy Foster at for a login. Please note that we would prefer that only ECRs request access as the University has limited licenses available for this service.

Contact Judy prior to creating your Vitae login if you wish to have access to the RDF Planner.

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
Name Year Field Home institution Host institution
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