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Rising Stars ECR Leadership Program

The Rising Stars Early Career Researcher (ECR) Leadership Program provides advanced professional development to fast-track the careers of JCU's future research leaders. It is an elite program with a cohort of 5-10 ECRs selected biennially on a competitive basis.

The program comprises two strands:

1. Project Grant

Funding of up to $15,000 will be awarded to each successful Rising Star applicant. 

Grants are intended to help fast-track recipients' prospects of becoming competitive, independent researchers by supporting recognised research outputs, including (but not limited to) publications in superior journals and/or competitive project and/or fellowship applications, including (but not limited to) Australian Research Council (ARC) or National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) programs or industry funding.

2. Advanced Professional Development

The Division of Research and Innovation will provide advanced professional development training to the cohort of Rising Stars including:

  • Media training
  • Managing research projects and programs
  • Managing risk, and
  • Participation in advanced programs offered by third parties, e.g. LH Martin Institute, the learned academies.

The project grant can include professional development elements as specified by the applicant. Professional development activities in the advanced professional development strand are funded separately by the Division of Research and Innovation and do not form part of the $15,000 grant.

Successful applicants must align their proposed projects with JCU's Strategic Intent.

How to apply

Applications for 2016 open on Monday, 30th of May and close on Friday 15th of July. All proposals should be completed on the application template and emailed, with an academic CV, to Bradley.Smith@jcu.edu.au.

Applications will be assessed by a multidisciplinary panel appointed by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Recommendations made by the panel will be reviewed and, if successful, approved by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Applications must meet the following Selection Criteria:

  1. Successful track record - evidence of performance relevant to opportunity
  2. Prospects of the proposed project and professional development to contribute to the applicant becoming a competitive, independent researcher
  3. Evidence of the applicant's leadership potential, and
  4. Alignment to the JCU Strategic Intent.

Applicants should also read the following eligibility and reporting criteria.

Eligibility

For the purposes of this program, an Early Career Researcher (ECR) is defined as a member of the JCU academic staff who has been appointed at Lecturer B or above, and who holds a doctorate awarded within the last eight years. 

The policy intent of the program is to develop the research leadership capabilities of JCU's profile academic staff. Research-only post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to apply unless they have received an offer of a Lecturer B or above position to commence in the following year or it can otherwise be demonstrated that the University has, or will, make a medium to long-term commitment to the applicant. In those circumstances the applicant will need to make the case that their circumstances are consistent with the policy intent.

JCU acknowledges different research career pathways and will consider variances to this definition, where, for example, family responsibilities have reduced the opportunity to undertake research for some period(s) after graduation. In such circumstances, it is the responsibility of the applicant to  make the case for variance.

It is a requirement that all applicants have participated in the annual Early Career Researcher Professional Development intensive week. For further information, please visit GRS Workshops, Training and Events.

Project Funding

Project funding of up to $15,000 may be used for a range of activities, such as research projects (including travel) and/or advanced coaching for fellowship and grant applications. It is expected that Colleges will provide basic facilities.

Project funding may not be used to provide a postgraduate stipend or to supplement the applicant’s salary.

It is intended that the project funding will be spent over a one-year period, however the time frame can be varied to suit the timing of grant applications with the proviso that project funding must be spent by 31 December in the year following the award.

Applicant Workloads

It is the responsibility of the relevant College Dean to ensure that if successful, the applicant’s workload is managed to ensure they have good opportunity to develop as a professional researcher. Indicatively, it is expected that at least 0.3 of the applicant’s load will be designated  for all research and research professional development activities, including the Rising Stars ECR Leadership Program.

The advanced professional development training modules will typically comprise a one-day media training workshop, plus various 1-2 hour modules throughout the year.

Reporting

A final report on the outcomes of the project must be submitted to the JCU Research Office upon completion. The Research Office will provide a pro-forma report form for this purpose. 

It is anticipated that College Deans or relevant line managers will also expect timely progress reports of successful applicants as part of the applicant's PMP process. 

Final reports will be referred to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor for review.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

Bradley Smith
Manager, Research Strategy and Performance

Division of Research and Innovation 

Phone (07) 4232 1798
Mobile 0408 511 261
Bradley.Smith@jcu.edu.au


Application Form

Rising Stars ECR Leadership Program Application Form (.docx)