Other programs

Graduate Research Conference

'The Evolving Researcher'

Save the dates!!!  22-26 May 2023.  12.00 - 4.00 pm daily.

DocFest is our annual Researcher Development Conference, held annually - May 22-26 2023.

DocFest23, The Evolving Researcher' will consider the way research has and continues to evolve and the impacts for researchers and graduate research candidates.

It's for:

  • Graduate Research candidates
  • Supervisors
  • Early Career Researchers
  • Honours and future Graduate Research candidates
  • Research support staff

Email: researcherdevelopment@csu.edu.au if you want to know more, or perhaps get involved in 2023.

12 Weeks to Publication

To support you in your academic writing and journal submissions we are offering all staff and Research Graduate candidates the 12 weeks to Publication academic writing program in 2023.  The program is based on the highly successful workbook by Wendy Belcher: Writing Your Journal Article In 12 Weeks.

Read more and apply.

My Research Career

Foundational Skills for Great Careers

We know from experience that a day in the life of a researcher can be complex. So, we focus on skills for workload management, strategising, and planning to help our participants excel…wherever their careers take them.

For early career researchers, including higher degree by research students, this development series offers insights into being an effective researcher in the current national and global research context. Participants will develop foundational skills they can continue to build on as their career progresses.

The series is open to 15 participants and it consists of 6 x 2-hour online workshops, each with associated tasks that participants can submit for facilitator feedback and advice. Beginning in April 2023 and concluding in September 2023.  Applications open 1 December 2023 and close 10 March 2023.

Read more and apply.

Share your research story on 2MCE community radio


The Researcher Development team are very excited to be working with the team at our Charles Sturt University community radio station 2MCE to produce a monthly program featuring the research stories of our graduate research candidates.

Each month two researchers will be able to share their research and a little about their research story. Interviews will be recorded in advance via zoom so location and time zones are not an issue.

If this is something you would like to participate in please submit an Expression of Interest form and our team will be in touch to book an interview.

Research Impact Base Program

This program is for researchers who demonstrate interest in creating positive impact learning new ways to communicate their research and engage with industry.  More information.

GrantEd Program

Open November 14, 2023.

Write a stand-out research grant proposal, ahead of the deadline, with expert mentoring and strategic advice while you write and a tribe to support you.

The GrantEd program provides training in grant writing and development, being offered to 10 early- and mid-career researchers each year. The program combines an online course with practical guidance to develop and write a full grant proposal. A dedicated facilitator will give participants personal support, mentoring, and strategic advice during the program.

More information.  Expression of Interest form.

Faculty forums and workshops

Faculties and the Agriculture, Water and Environment Research Institute conduct workshops and forums for their graduate research candidates and academics. Contact your relevant area for more information about these.

Campus +

All PD+ Professional Development webinars are completely free for researchers, professional staff and students. Whether you are a seasoned researcher looking to expand your network of Industry contacts, or beginning to investigate the commercial potential of your research, there are plenty of topics in this 30 session season to help you achieve more, and take your research further.

Workshop Brochure and Registrations.

Reservations are handled by Eventbrite, with the webinar itself delivered via Zoom. Simply head along to the Eventbrite link of the webinar you wish to register for and fill in your details, using your University email address. You will be registered and sent details of how to join the webinar from the Eventbrite Online Event page for that webinar.

Other opportunities

Opportunities for PhD students to gain invaluable industry experience through 3-5 months of tightly focused research with APRIntern- Australia's only all sector—all discipline PhD internship program.



Vitae logo

Charles Sturt University is an organisational member of Vitae. Vitae provides tools for development and career support for research staff and students.

The Vitae website has a wealth of resources and advice tailored to researchers, whether your ambition is to stay within or move outside academia.

You have full access to the Vitae website as part of our subscription.

Resources include:

To get full access to these member-only resources, you need to register on the Vitae website using your University email address.  For further information about Charles Sturt University’s organisational membership of Vitae, contact researchpd@csu.edu.au.


Take university-level courses online for free and submit assessments when you are ready to have your learning recognised for formal academic credit.

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Open Pathways

Charles Sturt University's degrees focus on teaching the skills and knowledge to further your professional career. Our Open Pathway experiences are a way for you to sample the kind of study Charles Sturt University provides, whatever the reason - general curiosity, professional development, or to dip a "toe in the water". Start your journey with a taste of what Charles Sturt has to offer, whether your focus is academic, professional or just personal interest.

Learn more.

LinkedIn Learning

Charles Sturt University Staff have free access to a wide range of online training courses through LinkedIn Learning. There are many courses covering a wide range of topics that may be useful for researchers.

Examples include:

  • communication and writing (e.g. writing in plain English, grammar foundations, technical writing)
  • analytics and tools (e.g. NVivo, qualitative research methods, Excel statistics, R statistics, Healthcare analytics)
  • personal development (e.g. leading and working in teams, professional networking, mentoring others)
  • business management (e.g. understanding intellectual property, finance for non-financial managers)

Further information and login to LinkedIn Learning.

ELMO online training portal

ELMO is Charles Sturt University’s eLearning system. It provides staff and Graduate Research candidates with access to a library of online courses to help manage your professional and career development. Some courses are mandatory for staff and students, however, there are many others available that will support your professional development, and this portal is always evolving

Many courses are related directly to researchers, for example, Introduction to Research Data Management, Research Integrity, Human Research and Ethics, and Animal Care and Ethics..

Access the ELMO online learning platform using your CSU login and select from the Learning > Course Catalogue tab to self-enrol. You will be automatically enrolled in any compulsory courses.