Call for Applications: ACU Early Career Researcher Training Grants 2021 (Deadline: 23 November 2020)

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is calling for applications for its new Early Career Researcher Training Grants to support staff at ACU member universities, including CUHK, to organise and deliver training for their early career researchers. 


CUHK staff who leads on providing training for early career researchers can apply. Applicants can define an early career researcher by the internal criteria of their faculty/department/unit. Doctoral candidates must be included in the training, which must also made available to early career researchers from multiple disciplines.

The Training
The training must take place between February and July 2021 with the aim of equipping early career researchers with essential skills to enable them to succeed in their careers, whether they remain in academia or utilise their skills in other professional fields. Skills which are in scope of the training are:

  • Presentation skills
  • Networking
  • Time management
  • Public engagement and communicating with non-academic audiences
  • Media training
  • Social media
  • Relationship/stakeholder management
  • Grant writing
  • Career training, including doctoral careers outside higher education

Grant Amount
A total of 10 grants will be offered by ACU, with a maximum amount of GBP 1,000 each.

Application Requirements
Below are some of the highlighted requirements for the application:

  • The application must state the target audience and the number of people who will benefit, including whether any training will be accessible by other ACU members
  • One output of the training (e.g. videos, presentations, tool-kits) must be shareable with other ACU members

Please submit a letter of support from the Department Chair / Centre Director / an appropriate senior university leader and other required information via the online application system. Application will close on 23 November 2020 at 23:59 (UTC).


For further information, please refer to the webpage. For enquiries, please send an email to Applicants are advised to send a copy of their application to the Office of Academic Links (c/o Ms. LAI Ching Yee; for record.

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