Researcher Development Programs

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

We also have the Researcher Development Guide which includes all our programs and workshop offerings up to end June 2023.

  • 2MCE Community Radio

    Share your research story


    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:

  • 12 Weeks to Publication

    Do you have a journal article in mind, but you just haven’t found the time to write it. To support you in your journal writing and submissions we are offering the 12 weeks to Publication academic writing program again in 2023 to develop and write a full journal article draft.

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

    Audience: All researchers
    Length: 13 sequential (3 hour) workshops
    EOIs Open: December 2022
    Program start: March 2023

    Read more and apply.

  • 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.

    Audience: ECRs, MCRs
    Length: 3 months
    EOIs Open: Nov 2022
    Program start: March 2023

    More information.  Expression of Interest form.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

    Cruxes’ Base program is a hands-on, experiential learning program delivered on-line. It’s aimed at individual researchers, such as graduate research students, and postdocs and early career researchers, but it's valuable for researchers at any stage of their career wanting to create a positive impact from their research.

    Audience: Graduate research candidates, PostDocs, ECRs, MCRs
    Length: 3 months
    EOIs Open: Jan 2023
    Program start: March 2023

    More information.

Other Opportunities

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

    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.

    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