Future Fellowships

Critical Dates

5 October 2022

Release of 2023 Grant Guidelines 

5 October 2022

FT23 Applications open in RMS

Monday 24 October 2022

Eligibility Exemption Requests due to RIC (if applicable)

Wed-Friday  2-4 November 2022

Submit review ready application to RIC

Monday 14 November 2022

Request not to assess due to RIC

Wednesday 16 November 2022

Request not to assess due to the ARC

Thursday 24 November 2022

FT23 Final Application Submission due to RIC

Wednesday 30 November 2022

FT23 Final Applications due to ARC

15 March -28 March 2023

FT23 Rejoinders open and close

28 March 2023

FT23 Rejoinders due to ARC

August 2023

FT23 Outcomes


The objectives of the Future Fellowships grant opportunity are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training by outstanding mid-career researchers to be recruited and retained by universities in continuing academic positions;
  • support national and international research collaboration; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas.


The scheme provides funding for a Future Fellow’s salary at one of three salary levels, including 30 per cent on-costs for a four-year project. Additionally, up to $60,000 funding may be awarded per annum for Project costs. Project costs can be used to hire research personnel, support HDR students, equipment, consumables, Field Research, Travel, and dissemination costs. See the Grant Guidelines for more information.


From 2018 a Future Fellowship Candidate may be nominated on a maximum of 3 Future Fellowship applications over the period in which they are eligible.


Active Projects refers to an ARC Project that is receiving funding according to the terms of the original Funding Agreement or Grant Agreement, or has any carryover funds approved by the ARC, or an approved variation to the Project’s end date. Therefore if a project has carried forward any funding and the end date has changed, the NEW end date determines an active project. Active projects can be viewed via the applicants RMS profile by selecting Person Profile > Current ARC Projects> end date. Please note that projects with Final Reports due are not considered active projects.

The term Active Project Assessment Date is a scheme-specific date that nominates the date when Project and Application limit eligibility is assessed by the ARC. This date is important as it is used to assess applicant's cross-scheme eligibility, i.e. whether they are within the limits of the number of ARC applications and projects a participant can be named on.

The ARC will calculate active projects as at the closing time of submission of Proposals (and may calculate this rule again as other scheme rounds’ announcements are made and End of Year Reports are submitted.)


Funding Commencement Date

Active Project Assessment Date

Example 1

Future Fellowship 2022

1 July 2022

1 January 2023

Future Fellowship candidates can apply for a 2022 FT scheme round while holding two active DPs as at the FT22 active project assessment date, but must relinquish a DP (or their role on that Project) if successful in the FT22 application,  in order to meet the limit of one Discovery Project and one Fellowship. If one or both projects end prior to the active project assessment date the fellow will not be required to take further steps to ensure their eligibility.

Establishment Grants for Future Fellows

Establishment Grants are internal grants to support ARC Future Fellows at the University of Melbourne. To be eligible for Chancellery support, matching funding must be provided by the host department/school/faculty on a 1:1 basis. Applications for Establishment Grants should be requested at the ARC Future Fellowship proposal stage. The scheme will be open to candidates applying to the 2022 ARC Future Fellowship round. Refer to the Establishment Grant webpage for details on how to apply.

How to apply

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI).

    The NOI should be completed early to provide RIC with the Future Fellowship candidate's contact details and to ensure the candidate is added to the email list. There is no deadline for submission of the NOI.

  2. Update RMS profile

    Obtain access to RMS and update profile information (see RMS information)

  3. Review documentation

    Review the Grant Guidelines and the Instructions to Applicants.

  4. Complete the draft application in RMS

    Log on to RMS to complete the draft application.

  5. Statement by the Administering Organisation

    Work on the Statement with your supervisor and department/faculty. The Head of Department must certify the 2022 Statement by the Administering Organisation Coversheet before submission to RIC. The Statement will be reviewed either by RIC or by your Faculty. Please see review instructions (including review submission dates) for each Faculty here.

  6. Academic Level Justification Letter

    If applicable, work on the Academic Level Justification Letter with your supervisor and department/faculty. This Letter must be sent to ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au at the same time as the Statement by the Administering Organisation so that RIC can arrange for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (DVC(R)) to certify it.

  7. Eligibility Exemption Request

    If applicable, complete the Eligibility Exemption Request form. This is a spreadsheet that details career interruptions for applicants whose PhD was awarded prior to the FT22 eligible PhD award date of 1 March 2007. The form is available here.

    This form must be sent to ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au by Monday 8 November 2021 so that RIC can arrange for the DVC(R) to certify eligibility.

    Note: The ARC has announced measures to support mid-career researchers by introducing a one-year, automatic eligibility extension, for applicants who were in their final year of eligibility in 2020 (for the FT21 round). Further information is available here. If you are eligible for the automatic one-year COVID eligibility extension and you are not claiming any additional interruptions then you do not need to complete an Eligibility Exemption Request. Instead, you should indicate that you are utilising the one-year extension at question F11 of the application.

  8. Submit review ready application to RIC

    See the Submission Procedure webpage for information on review ready applications.

    Submit application to RIC (ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au) within the RIC submission period. Submit the following:

    • An electronic copy of the complete review ready draft application*, downloaded as a PDF from RMS.
    • Applicants from Architecture, Building and Planning; Arts; Law; Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; and Veterinary and Agricultural Science please also send your Statement by the Administering Organisation in a Word document (using the template letterhead provided below) and your completed and fully-signed Statement by the Administering Organisation coversheet. (Applicants from other faculties will have their statements reviewed by their faculties - see here for details - Faculty dates and details will be updated shortly.)
    • Academic Level Justification letter, if applicable. Use the template letterhead provided under Support Documents > RIC. This letter needs to be included in your application. Please note this is only required if you have selected 'Other' at question F15 within the Future Fellowship application because you do not currently have an Australian academic level or you have chosen a salary level in Part E of the Future Fellowship application which does not align with your academic level (due to a significant career interruption).

    *A 'review ready' draft application

    • RMS Profile for personnel - should be updated because some parts of the application are auto-populated from the RMS profile
    • Part A - Administrative Summary
    • Part B - Classifications/Statistical Info
    • Part C - Project Eligibility
    • Part D - Project Description: This part can be incomplete, but should include Investigator/Capability, Benefit  and Communication of Results sections in D2. For applicants from Architecture, Building and Planning; Arts; Law; Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; Science; and Veterinary and Agricultural Science a finalised D3 Statement by the Administering Organisation approved by the HOD must also be submitted. All other Faculty applications please see your Faculty due dates for D3.
    • Part E - Project Cost
    • Part F - Participant Details including ROPE
  9. Request Not To Assess

    If applicable, the applicant should complete the Request Not to Assess in RMS if they would like to request the exclusion of a potential assessor. Submit  this to the Research Office in RMS by Monday 29 November 2021.

  10. Application review

    Two RIC staff members will review the application and provide the applicant with feedback via email.

  11. Complete the application

    After taking feedback from the RIC team into consideration, complete the application in RMS. It is suggested advice is sought from colleagues, Faculty mentors, etc. before finalising the application.

  12. Submit the UOM Authority to Submit form

    The Authority to Submit form must be submitted to RIC via email to ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au by 5pm Wednesday 8 December 2021. This form should include:

    • The Head of Department certification
    • The applicant must read through the submission conditions and sign their initials next to each one to confirm that they have been met

    Electronic signatures are permitted.

    This is an ARC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to ARC until the Authority to Submit form is received.

  13. Final submission

    By 5pm Wednesday 8 December 2021, the applicant must:

    • Submit their final application by clicking ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS.
    • Email RIC (ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au) a pdf copy of the final application and a scanned, signed Authority to Submit form.

    Note: Applications without a completed Authority to Submit form cannot be submitted to the ARC.

  14. RIC will submit the application

    Once RIC has submitted the application to the ARC, you will receive an email from RIC confirming submission.

Supporting documents



Seminars and Workshops

Instructional Videos


There will not be a RIC rejoinder webinar in March 2021 but materials from previous rejoinder information sessions are available below.

Please note:

  • RIC do not review and provide feedback to applicants on their rejoinder content.
  • Assessor comments should only include details on the Investigator/Capability, Project Quality and Innovation, Benefit and Feasibility and Strategic Alignment. Assessors should not be commenting on Eligibility and Compliance. If you identify an assessment that contains inappropriate elements you may wish to have this reviewed by the ARC. You can do this by completing an ARC Assessment Review Request form within 3 working days after the opening of the Rejoinder period - see here for further information. Please note that applicants should never contact the ARC directly. Always speak to your Faculty or RIC first.


Future Fellowships questions and primary email

Key Contacts

Elizabeth Morfe

+61 3 8344 2064

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