AHA Higher Degree Researcher/Early Career Researcher Mentoring Scheme

The HDR/ECR Mentoring Scheme will pair Higher Degree Researchers with Early Career Researchers in a mentor/mentee relationship, creating space for HDRs to ask questions and get advice from somebody who has successfully completed their doctoral study in this recent, challenging environment, and for ECRs to offer advice about how they navigate the various elements of academic life. It will also allow Early Career Researchers to develop their mentoring skills to, among other things, start preparing for future supervision responsibilities, and to forge stronger links with the HDR community.

This program is open to all, but is targeted at current postgraduate students who are considering a career in either academic or public history.

Applications for both mentors and mentees are now open, and will close on 26 February 2024. The mentoring scheme will run from March to November.


1. Applicants must be AHA members.

2. HDR applicants must be enrolled in a postgraduate degree in the field of history at an Australian University.

3. ECR applicants must be within five years of the completion of their PhD degree.

Terms and Conditions:

This is a self-directed program, but mentors and mentees should meet (either in person or virtually) at least every six to eight weeks.

Participants must abide by the AHA’s code of conduct.


Applications are now open. To participate, please complete the google form, and be sure to let us know if you’re signing up to be a mentor (ECR) or a mentee (HDR). The form also asks what areas you’d like to focus on in the scheme. Applications for this scheme close Monday 26 February 2024.

Once applications close, the AHA’s Early Career Researcher and Higher Degree Researcher Representatives will match appropriate people together for the mentorships. Respective pairs will be notified in early March.