Information for Applicants
Early Career Researcher
Fostering the careers of Australia's best and brightest researchers is one of the ARC's key objectives. Supporting the most promising and talented researchers at the start of their careers is one aim of the National Competitive Grants Program.
Funding opportunities for Early Career Researchers:
- Australian Indigenous researchers seeking funding for postgraduate research projects or a Research Cadetship Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
- Researchers in Business
As a guide, Early Career Researchers (ECR) are researchers who are within five years of the start of their research careers when they submit their applications. This normally means that you have been awarded a PhD or equivalent research doctorate within five years, however, an extension to this limit may be approved owing to significant career interruptions.
Early career researchers may also apply as part of teams with more experienced researchers.