Researcher Development Programs

View the programs offered to support and develop your research and other skills.

  • 12 Weeks to Publication

    12 Weeks to Publication supports early-career researchers (ECRs) and other researchers needing or wanting to improve their journal writing skills to prepare a manuscript for submission to a Q1 or Q2 peer-reviewed journal.

    The program is based on the highly successful workbook by Wendy Belcher: Writing Your Journal Article In 12 Weeks.

    Audience: Early career researchers

    Length: 14 x 2-hour workshops

    Read more and apply.

  • The Strategic Researcher

    The Strategic Researcher series supports early-career researchers (ECRs), mid-career researchers (MCRs) and other researchers wanting to strategically develop as researchers and advance their career.

    Read more and apply

  • Research Central

    Research Central is an online community of practice for Graduate Research candidates. The community is designed for regular interaction to build research skills and to meet other Graduate Research candidates.

    Audience: Graduate research candidates
    Length: 10 weeks per term
    EOIs Open: December 2022 for Term 1
    Program dates: Feb-May, May-July, July-Sept, Oct-Dec
    More info:

Other Opportunities

  • 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, the radio program Changing the World with Charles Sturt Researchers features two student researchers who discuss the problems their research is investigating, the approaches they are using to collect data, the key findings that have emerged, and how their work is changing the world.

    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.

    Audience: Graduate research candidates
    Length: 15 mins each
    EOIs open: Ongoing Program
    Dates: Monthly
    More info:

  • Professional Development Calendar and ELMO

    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.

    Access the Professional Development Calender here

  • Faculty forums and workshops

    Faculties and the Institutes regularly conduct workshops and forums for their graduate research candidates and academics. Contact your relevant area for more information about these.

  • LinkedIn Learning

    Charles Sturt University Staff and Students 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.

  • OERu

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

    The OERu  is an independent,  not-for-profit organisation. The OERu network of institutions offers online courses for students worldwide. Take university-level courses online for free and submit assessments when you are ready to have your learning recognised for formal academic credit.

    Find out more.

  • 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

  • Vitae

    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.

    The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a professional development framework for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education. It articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to realise their potential.

    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