Researcher Development Schemes
Researcher Development Schemes are funded and administered through the University. Most of the programs aim to seed new initiatives and partnerships, others are targeted to specific cohorts of researchers.
Accepting and managing your funding
Grants, Fellowships, and Awards
Early Career Researcher Grants
To support early career researchers in undertaking high quality projects and pilots, developing track records and competing for external funding.
McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
To attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the university and its faculties, and in particular to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across faculties.
Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellowship
This program is offered to support early career researchers in recognition of the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on this cohort. Fellowships are available to University of Melbourne PhD graduates and current academic staff (fixed term or casual) who may have graduated with a PhD from another university.
Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program
The objective of the Melbourne Research Fellowships (Career Interruptions) Program is to enable eligible researchers who are University of Melbourne staff and who do not have a continuing research position whose careers have been severely interrupted, delayed or otherwise constrained by circumstances such as acute or chronic illness, child bearing, child rearing or primary responsibility for the sustained care of a dependent family member to enhance or re-establish their academic research careers.
Mary Lugton Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Mary Lugton Fund provides postdoctoral fellowships for early career researchers at the University of Melbourne in the fields of art conservation, medicine, science, botany, engineering or history.
Joyce Lambert Antarctic Research Fund
The Joyce Lambert Antarctic Research Fund is calling for applications for seed-funding for University of Melbourne early-mid career researchers to undertake internationally or nationally collaborative Antarctic research.
Each year one Medal is awarded in Science and Technology and another in Humanities and Social Sciences to staff members for recently-published research considered to have made the most significant contribution to knowledge in these fields.
The Marles Medal recognises excellence in research impact, which may include an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health and wellbeing, the environment or quality of life beyond academia.
International Research Collaboration - Seed Funds
Australia–Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (UA–DAAD)
The scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The scheme supports exchanges for researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at UoM. Proposals must include an early career researcher.
Victoria-Germany Bilateral Academic Exchange Program (VESKI-DAAD)
The Victoria-Germany Bilateral Academic Exchange Program supports well-planned collaborative research projects with German cooperation partners with up to three months of funding, including a travel allowance.
International Grants Accelerator Program
To support the pursuit of international research funding by providing both an accelerator program aimed at educating researchers on the international grant funding landscape and seed funding to support the development of applications.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem – University of Melbourne Joint Research Workshops Grant Program
This bilateral program offers funding of up to $AUD 20,000 for UoM and HUJ collaborators to convene a research workshop in Melbourne or Jerusalem.
Dyason Fellowships support University staff to undertake (or host) a short-term international visit that fosters significant and lasting research collaborations with leading international researchers, their academic networks and consortia.
Bonn-Melbourne Research Excellence Fund
The Bonn-Melbourne Research Excellence Fund fosters international collaborative research projects between academics at the University of Melbourne and the University of Bonn.
Hokkaido University - University of Melbourne Joint Research Workshops
Hokkaido University (HU) and the University of Melbourne (UoM) seek to grow their collaboration through the Hokkaido – Melbourne Joint Research Workshops Fund.
Manchester-Melbourne-Toronto Research Fund
The University of Manchester, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Toronto are contributing matching funds to support collaborative bilateral and trilateral research initiatives through a joint call for proposals.
Osaka University - University of Melbourne Joint Research Workshops
Osaka University (OU) and the University of Melbourne (UoM) seek to grow their collaboration through the Osaka – Melbourne Joint Research Workshops Fund.
JSPS Open Partnership Joint Research Projects co-funding scheme
The University of Melbourne (UoM) is committed to growing research collaboration with Japanese institutions through the JSPS– Melbourne Joint Research Projects.
Nagoya University - University of Melbourne Joint Research Workshops
Nagoya University (NU) and the University of Melbourne (UoM) seek to grow their collaboration through the Nagoya– Melbourne Joint Research Workshops Fund.
International Research Collaboration - Joint PhD Programs
International Research Training Groups (IRTGs)
International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) are organised, cohort-based programs that foster joint enrolment and supervision of graduate researchers by Melbourne academics and their international peers. This scheme supports the development of new IRTGs with world’s best research organisations where these partners demonstrate the same commitment to high-quality joint research and research training activities.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem – University of Melbourne: Call for Joint PhD Projects
Collaborator pairs of UoM and HUJI Faculty members are invited to apply to this joint call for joint supervision of 2 PhD candidates per pair.
KU Leuven - Melbourne Call for Joint PhD Projects
Collaborator pairs of KU Leuven and Melbourne academics are invited to apply to this call for funding support of 2 jointly enrolled and supervised PhD candidates per pair.
Manchester – Melbourne Call for Jointly Awarded/Dual PhD Projects
Collaborator pairs of Melbourne and Manchester academics are invited to apply to this joint call for joint supervision of 2 PhD candidates per pair.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University - University of Melbourne: Joint PhD Projects with paired Seed Funding
Collaborator pairs of UoM and SJTU academics are invited to apply to this joint call for joint supervision of 2 PhD candidates, per pair, with supporting Seed Funding.
Berlin University Alliance – University of Melbourne: Call for joint PhD projects in Global Health
The Berlin University Alliance (BUA) and the University of Melbourne invite joint PhD project proposals focusing on global health research.
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) - University of Melbourne: Graduate Research Projects Scheme
The CNRS and the University of Melbourne are calling for joint PhD project proposals from collaborator pairs as part of the Graduate Research Projects Scheme.
University of Melbourne – University of Bonn: Call for joint PhD project proposals
The University of Bonn and the University of Melbourne are calling for joint PhD project proposals from all faculties and research areas
University of Melbourne – A*STAR Call for collaborative PhD project proposals
The University of Melbourne and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Singapore are calling for collaborative PhD project proposals from all faculties and research areas.
ANFF-VIC Technology Fellow Ambassador Program
As the central facility for the Australian National Fabrication Facility-Victorian Node (ANFF-VIC), the mission of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) – Australia’s largest open-access nanofabrication cleanroom – is to facilitate the integration and translation of nanotechnology into the R&D activities that drive Australia’s innovation and manufacturing economies.
ANFF-VIC is offering the opportunity to apply for a Technology Fellowship through their Ambassador Program.
Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program - Stage Two Funding
The Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program (MCRIP) looks to improve the coherence and consolidation of a University-wide approach to research infrastructure provisioning through the support of people embedded in the University’s platform technologies. 13 platforms were funded under MCRIP Stage One funding. MCRIP Stage Two funding aims to support both new and existing eligible platforms. To be considered eligible for support platforms must fit the criteria of Collaborative Research Infrastructure, which specifically addresses: technical expertise and continuous learning, researcher access to capabilities, quality assurance, information management towards evidence-based decision making, efficiency and avoidance of duplication, long-term operational sustainability and precinct partnerships to maximise opportunities.
Research Initiatives Fund Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme
The University’s RIF Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme provides funding for research equipment that cannot feasibly be acquired through national funding that supports cutting-edge infrastructure of critical mass. Aligning with principles of the Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program (MCRIP), the RIF Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme aims to support equipment purchases of a collaborative nature, i.e. represent the needs, and have impact beyond, a single research group.
Establishment Grants (ARC)
Establishment Grants for ARC DECRAs
Establishment Grants are one-off payments to support ARC DECRAs at the University of Melbourne. To be eligible for central 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 DECRA proposal stage.
Establishment Grants for ARC Future Fellows
Establishment Grants are one-off payments to support ARC Future Fellows at the University of Melbourne. To be eligible for central 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.