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Research Fellowships

Applications for funding commencing 2018 are closed.

Key dates

23 January 2017: Final draft of application sent to Research Office for compliance review and feedback
30 January 2017: Certification by CIA completed *do not certify the application until you have received feedback and have been advised to so by the Research Office*
1 February 2017: NHMRC closing date
15 March 2017: Deadline for submission of special circumstances for interviews
12-13 April 2017: Initial review outcomes available in RGMS
22 May 2017: Interviews commence

Key changes to the 2017 Research Fellowships Funding Rules

  • The requirement for professors to apply at PRF or SPRF levels and to provide a justification if applying at SRF level has been removed;
  • Applicants can inform NHMRC of any special considerations for their interview via a webform, which must be submitted by 15 March 2017.

Scheme description

The Research Fellowships scheme is a 5-year salary support award for outstanding health and medical researchers working in areas of biomedical, clinical, public health or health services to undertake a program of research in Australia. There are four levels of Fellowships in increasing order of experience and seniority:

Senior Research Fellow A ($128,042 pro rata p.a.)
Senior Research Fellow B ($141,474 pro rata p.a.)
Principal Research Fellow (154,908 pro rata p.a.)
Senior Principal Research Fellow ($175,201 pro rata p.a.)

Full-time Research Fellowships provide support for Fellows who are employed at 1.0 FTE to engage in research.

Part-time Research Fellowships are available to researchers who have either parental or carer's responsibilities or special circumstances such as illness. The non-fellowship time cannot be spent on other research, teaching, clinical or practitioner responsibilities, or other administrative roles. A pro rata package will be provided based on the part-time committment.

Note: Sixth Year Extensions will not be offered to new Fellows for funding commencing from 2016 onwards. Fellows in the final year of a Fellowship for which funding commenced in 2015 or earlier, who are unsuccessful with their reapplication, will be recommended for a sixth year of funding at their current level. However, if such an application receives an overall score of less than five at any stage of the peer review process, a sixth year extension will not be granted. Decisions in relation to the granting of Sixth Year Extensions are based on the merits of the current application and funding policy.


Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. The proposed research must be undertaken in Australia.

Types of applications:

  • Initial applications to the scheme can be made at any level, including SRF General, and can only be submitted by applicants who have never previously held an NHMRC Research Fellowship.
  • Reapplications must be submitted by applicants who currently hold or have previously held an NHMRC Research Fellowship and cannot be made at a level lower than the applicants' most recently held Research Fellowship. Reapplications are assessed only at the level at which they apply.
  • Reapplications with Promotion should be submitted by applicants who hold a current Research Fellowship and are seeking promotion to a higher level. Current Fellows who have been award a sixth year extension cannot apply in this category. Where an applicant has applied for a 'Reapplication with Promotion', the decision to proceeed to interview is based on whether the applicant is competitive at their current level. The promotion request will be addressed at interview and applicants will be assessed at the level of promotion sought and at the fellow's current level.
  • Promotions Out of Synchrony can be made by a current Fellow in years two or three of their current five year Research Fellowship.

Application documentation

Research Office contacts

Cherry Yu 8532 1774
Rebecca Erlich 8532 1772

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