Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers
Early Career Researchers (ECRs)
ASAL ECRs are a collegiate network, looking to support each other in career development. In 2019, ASAL’s early career representatives are Joseph Cummins and Catherine Noske. We have established an email list to offer updates on relevant opportunities, and will be in touch through that network. We have a Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/405276223303567/.
In recent years ASAL’s work to support ECRs has included the ‘Seed Funding’ initiative, competitive one-off grants of up to $2000 designed to support diverse research projects. Currently we are developing a range of initiatives, including travel bursaries to support ECR participation in ASAL conferences, and other career development opportunities, such as mentorship.
The 2018 Literary Studies Convention at the Australian National University and the 2019 ASAL Annual Conference at the University of Western Australia both hosted ECR key note addresses, from Duc Dau in 2018 and Ellen Smith in 2019.
We ask all ECRs interested in connecting with the group to get into contact with us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). While most institutions define ECR as a researcher within five years of submission of a PhD, we also recognise that limited opportunity can affect your progress on this scale. Please also get in contact if you are outside this timeframe and define yourself as early-career*, especially if you do not have an ongoing position.
* NB While we welcome all to define themselves in the category of early career for the purposes of collegiality and networking, please note that some opportunities and schemes may adhere to specific definitions of the ECR status, including the ARC definition.